Grilling God: Tim Byres

Before opening his acclaimed Dallas barbecue restaurant Smoke, Tim Byres cooked in the United States embassy in Belgium and at the posh Rosewood’s Mansion on Turtle Creek. But it was a calling for “back to basics” cooking that yielded his acclaimed Oak Cliff’s barbecue pit, which he opened with partners in 2009. And just yesterday Byres released his first book, which tackles everything from shucking an oyster to dressing a rabbit. Barbecue, however, is the focus, with tutorials and whole-hog smoking and building a backyard grill out of an oil drum. Tim Byres is a card-carrying Grilling God, which is why we tracked him down at last weekend’s Austin Food & Wine Festival.

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