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Stiles Switch seems to be building some kind of Super Friends of smoked meat. In recent years the North Lamar restaurant has brought on Christopher McGhee (formerly of Freedmen’s), Bill Dumas (late of Smoky Denmark) and Marco Oglesby (Texas Ranch BBQ) to cook at the flagship and the newly opened The Switch with pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick. And today they announced probably their biggest coup yet.
Stiles Switch posted on Facebook this morning that it had hired brisket wizard Braun Hughes, a longtime veteran of Franklin Barbecue. Braun’s LinkedIn states he had been at Franklin since 2010, a year before the brick-and-mortar restaurant opened.
The Stiles Facebook post calls him “pitmaster” but does not go into detail about where he fits into the hierarchy. We reached out to Stiles Switch last week for more info. and will post it here when we know more. The restaurant group last week opened The Switch, a barbecue and Cajun restaurant, off US 290 W.