Obituary: Texas barbecue restaurant supervisor John Brotherton dies
John Brotherton, proprietor of Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue in Texas, died on Monday, January 15, on the age of 49. His son, Braeden Brotherton, shared the information on the Pflugerville restaurant’s Fb web page.
On January 4, John Brotherton skilled what was described as a “medical occasion,” after which he needed to go to hospital and was positioned in a medically induced coma within the intensive care unit. His good friend Russell Roegels, pitmaster and proprietor of Katie’s barbecue restaurant Roegels Barbecue Co., began a GoFundMe marketing campaign to assist the household with medical payments. There was an occasion at Brotherton’s Black Iron final weekend on Saturday, January 13, the place individuals had been inspired to go to and order meals from the restaurant, which has remained open for service.
Throughout this time, Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue will stay open, based on Braeden’s Fb publish. In December 2023, John made restaurant supervisor Invoice Dumas, Bobby Holley, and Julia Daycock co-owners of the restaurant. His son wrote on social media that his father “would by no means need us to cease simply because he is gone.”
Brotherton was born in Liberty, Texas, attended Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, and labored non-restaurant jobs in Austin, based on Houston Chronicle. He began out cooking and smoking on his personal after which ventured into the barbecue scene by opening the Corridor of Flame meals truck in Pflugerville in 2011. After closing that truck in 2013, he opened a brand new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Spherical Rock — Curly Carolina, Texas — that very same yr with Jay Yates from Curly’s Excellent Pig truck. This restaurant closed in 2014. After a interval away from the world of smoked meats, Brotherton began a brief smoked meat and catering enterprise below the title Brotherton Barbecue in 2015.
Then, in 2016, his good friend Kelly Geary opened his new restaurant, Black Iron Eats, in Pflugerville. Brotherton manufactured meat for the corporate, then in 2017, merged Black Iron and Brotherton right into a single entity.
Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue has grow to be recognized for its barbecue — particularly its smoked meat sandwiches — and different dishes. Typically instances, the restaurant will make a model of Texas Month-to-monthWell-liked barbecue lists, together with the most effective barbecue dishes of 2018 (smoked brisket carne guisada), the most effective new barbecue of 2019, and the 50 finest barbecue eating places of 2021.
Members of the Texas barbecue group shared their condolences and recollections of John Brotherton on social media. Evan LeRoy, co-owner of Austin barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis and pitmaster, recalled on Instagram when he and Brotherton tied for the Folks’s Alternative award within the Houston/Austin Barbecue Throwdown competitors in 2017. He wrote that John “was extra excited for us than he was.” He was for himself and that is all you actually need to know in regards to the man.
JNL Barbecue in East Austin shared on Instagram that “we now have misplaced an icon of BBQ and group assist” and that Brotherton was “a passionate man who made everybody’s lives higher simply by strolling into it with shorts and a giant smile.”
Kerry Pixley, proprietor of Lexington, Texas, barbecue restaurant, wrote on Instagram that Brotherton “was one thing particular” and that “our new slogan is ‘Reside and Love Like John.'”
Pitmaster and restaurateur Esaul Ramos reminisced on Instagram when he was working the primary meals competition at his restaurant 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio with Brotherton. He described him as “one of many biggest human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of figuring out.”
In West Texas, Marfa barbecue restaurant Comfort West BBQ wished Brotherton “vaya con dios” on Instagram. “The area he leaves behind won’t ever be crammed, however for all of us, we’ll do our greatest to hold in your kindness, your spirit and your willingness to assist and encourage our fellow human beings,” they famous. “Each likelihood we get.”
Texas Month-to-month BBQ editor Danielle Vaughn shared a photograph of the 2 on Instagram and wrote: “Peace be upon one of many good ones.”