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Inside Luchi's Smokehouse in Stanton.When a pitmaster runs the smoker overnight, rest is a luxury. But few take it to the extreme of Luis Gonzales, who owns Luchi’s Smokehouse, in Stanton. “I cook four nights a week, so I sleep three nights a week, usually,” Gonzales said. He opened his barbecue joint (pronounced “Loochee’s,” though I was hoping for the pronunciation of “Lucky’s”) in 2007, just a rib bone’s throw from Interstate 20. In addition to his pitmaster duties, Gonzales works at least fifty hours a week for his day job with the electric utility Oncor, so there’s not much downtime.Gonzales got into barbecue to help a friend in need. A caterer fell though for an event, and his friend needed eight smoked briskets the following day. Gonzales babied…

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