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Half Acre MidlandThe Permian Basin is the land of oil and cattle, and in 2019, one man from each industry came together to open Midland’s newest barbecue joint. Midland native Aaron Lesley has worked in the oil fields for most of his life, but he spends his weekends traveling Texas and the rest of the country as an award-winning competition-barbecue pitmaster. John Scharbauer is a fifth-generation cattle rancher from the famous Scharbauer Ranch, which dates back to 1883. When he decided to open a barbecue joint to highlight the beef from the butcher case at his Midland Meat Company, he brought on Lesley as his pitmaster. Together, they started the Half Acre.Aaron Lesley doesn’t remember much about the barbecue joints in Midland when he was growing up.…

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