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There’s much barbecue news to share:

Some of the best barbecue restaurants in the area will come together for Smoked, a daylong barbecue and live music festival happening on Oct. 13 in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Pay one price, eat all the ‘cue you can from Blacks BBQ, Heim Barbecue, BBQ on the Brazos, Hutchins BBQ, Panther City BBQ, Top 5 BBQ, Kruez Market, Cousin’s Bar-B-Q and a half-dozen others. Adam Hood, The Vandoliers and the Brandon Steadman Band will provide the live tunes.

As of press time, tickets were still available at

East Side favorite Smokey’s has revamped its menu and name. Paul Calhoun’s East Lancaster spot is now known as Smokey’s BBQ and Diner. Calhoun added the “Diner” part last month after launching a daily breakfast menu that includes omelets, breakfast sandwiches and freshly made biscuits (served with or without bacon gravy, although who in their right mind would order them “without”?). Breakfast is served daily from 6 to 11 a.m.

5300 East Lancaster Ave.,

Rooster’s BBQ has moved out of Granbury and into the Cresson gas station that BBQ on the Brazos recently vacated after its lease was up. Tennessee native and restaurant pitmaster “Rooster” Beane uses a Southern Pride rotisserie smoker for ribs, brisket, sausage and other ‘cue essentials.

9001 U.S. 377 E.,

If you haven’t already, you’ll soon see a new barbecue trailer making the pop-up restaurant rounds. Brandon Anderson, a former competitive barbecuer, recently launched his own mobile ‘cue business called Rack Attack BBQ. The 31-year-old Mansfield native uses a custom-built, wood-burning smoker to slow-smoke brisket, St. Louis-style spare ribs and sausage. Anderson also has a couple specialty items, including chipotle pork belly burnt ends. Instead of the popular post oak, he uses a mix of pecan and persimmon, the latter of which gives his meat a slightly sweet flavor, he says. He also throws mac and cheese onto his smoker — reason enough to visit him next time he rolls up. On Oct. 3, he’ll be at Rahr Brewery, and on Oct. 6, he’ll be back at Collective Brewery.

Follow him on Instagram @rackattackBBQ.

Long-running local ‘cue chain Riscky’s recently introduced a handful of new menu items at its six locations. Among them: brisket bites, deep-fried pieces of smoked prime brisket served with housemade barbecue ranch dressing, and a smoked sea salt margarita.

The West Side has a new healthy drinks and snacks spot, courtesy of Boulevard of Greens, a juice bar and vegan and vegetarian shop located in a strip mall near the intersection of Horne and Camp Bowie. Opened by TCU alumni Charlsye Lewis and Marcus Brunt, Boulevard of Greens serves smoothies, cold-press juices, breakfast bowls and other healthy drinks and eats. Dogs are welcome on the patio, where they can chow down on healthy doggie treats.

2700 Horne St.,