East Austin Pitmaster Jerome Faulkner Is Carrying on His Family’s Barbecue Legacy

j-leonardi'sJerome Faulkner wants to be the best pitmaster in Texas. That’s the goal he’s worked toward since 2016, when he opened the J Leonardi’s Barbeque trailer in East Austin with his business partner Cedric Griffin, of UT football fame. (The J stands for Jerome, and Leonard is Griffin’s middle name.) After four years, Faulkner knows he still has work to do. “I’m not where I need to be,” he said, “but I’m trying to make steps to get there.” Faulkner is holding out for an audience with Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow’s BBQ to garner some tips when the celebrated barbecue joint in Lexington reopens. For now, though, he’s just trying to keep his business afloat. “It’s hard at the moment,” he admits, then immediately counters…View Original Post

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