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Kareem El-Ghayesh is the owner and pitmaster of Austin’s KG BBQ, but he had never heard of brisket when he first visited the city in 2012. The native of Cairo, Egypt, was 25 years old then and visiting family in Cincinnati, Ohio, on his first trip to the States. He decided to fly to Texas for a weekend to see a friend, who took him to a Rudy’s Bar-B-Q. El-Ghayesh was unaware that Texas was known for barbecue, but he was mesmerized by the show they made of cutting the meat in front of the customer. “This is something I had never seen, never smelled, and never tasted before,” he said. After his trip abroad, El-Ghayesh returned to his finance job in Cairo, but the…
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