Title: Barbecue Zen Master
Comments. I took this photo of Texas barbecue legend Vencil Mares at his barbecue place, the Taylor Cafe. Mr. Mares is 88 years old and a World War II veteran of the Normandy landing (D-day), the Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of Bastogne. He served as a medic, then came back to Texas and has been cooking barbecue for the last 65 years. I asked him what the secret to his long life is and he smiled and said "barbecue is health food." He's a Texas treasure, rightly revered, and it was good to see him holding court.
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