One of the great relics of the Austin barbecue scene will live on. When Pat Mares announced last month she was closing Ruby’s BBQ, which she and her husband opened in 1988, people worried about the future of the brick pits that had been used to smoke meat for decades. Enter chef Demmerick Johnson.

Ladybird’s Austin Kitchen’s Facebook page.

The chef of Ladybird’s Austin Kitchen, the East Austin food trailer formerly located at the Skylark Lounge in East Austin, posted on Facebook that he was salvaging one of the pits, keeping a piece of Austin food history alive.

Johnson took to Facebook Live to talk about his reasoning and the logistical concerns in preserving this piece of history.

We’ve reached out to Johnson, who previously worked at Old Thousand, about his plans for the pit.

Chef Demmerick Johnson and Ruby’s BBQ co-founder Pat Mares. (Credit: Demmerick Johnson’s Facebook page)