Austin considers tighter smoking regulations, on BBQ!

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AUSTIN, TX – There’s been a lot of talk about discrimination lately, like with the religious freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas that had a lot of folks with smoke coming out of their ears.

Anti-smoking laws in many cities also have a lot of smokers not feeling the love. And now, Austin is thinking about regulating smoking, but not the kind you might think.

It’s barbeque smoke. God’s gift to dead meat. It’s considered holy in Texas.

Why, there’s even a joint in Austin called Holy Smoke Bar-B-Q.

But apparently some folks in Austin don’t like all that smoke from all those barbeque places. And that has the city council thinking about tighter regulations.

To get that good smoky flavor, restaurants have to burn wood for several days as they slow-cook the meat. Folks who live near those restaurants say they can’t open their windows because there’s so much smoke in the air, and they say some of it seeps into their houses.

So, the plan is to regulate the amount of smoke that comes from restaurants and food trucks that operate near residential areas.

A local beef that’s becoming more than a lot of smoke.

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