A Celebrated Pitmaster on His Long Road to Recovery

In early 2019, I caught up with Jordan Jackson, the pitmaster of Bodacious Bar-B-Q’s Longview location, which Texas Monthly had named as the state’s fourth best barbecue joint in our 2017 Top 50 list. Jackson, who told me he was tired and stressed from the pressures of working at such a popular establishment, had taken over the pits at the newly renovated Gladewater location of Bodacious, about fifteen miles away. “This is my hiding spot. It’s relaxing,” he said during the interview. With the Longview Bodacious now in the talented hands of Jackson’s protégé, Bryan Bingham, Jackson could get back to focusing on the cooking at this lower-profile joint. “Jordan Jackson is living the dream,” I wrote. Just a few months later, though, Jackson walked…View Original Post

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