Legendary pitmaster Edgar Black Jr. of Black's Barbecue in Lockhart, Texas has died.
The barbecue joint posted on Facebook Sunday night that Black, 91, died Friday at his home surrounded by family and friends.
"We miss you and are forever grateful for your love, generosity, and so much more," Blacks Barbecue said in a Facebook post Sunday night. "Thank you for everything you taught us and the legacy you left for us to live up to."
"It's a sad day in the BBQ world, Mr. Black is a pioneer, cultivator, innovator, of BBQ, so this is big," said manger Steve Garza. "I'm pretty sure the family is sad today they've lost a very important man."
Garza has worked for the family for a little more than 3 years. He said he's thankful to have worked for Edgar Black.
"Mr. Black always said, you're only as good as your last meal that you serve, so you've got to strive for perfection on every single meal that we serve," said Garza. "To me there's more passion with the food cause it is their brand, so they're very very very compassionate about what they present and what they feed."
He said Edgar Black's father opened a grocery store in the early 1930s. Edgar apparently built the current pit in 1949.
"They've pioneered this style of barbeque," said Garza. "The simplicity, but the complexity of the rub, with the smoke, with the actual type of meat, that we choose to use, all that comes together to become this masterpiece."
He said Edgar Black is one of the first people to cook brisket.
"There's a lot of great bbq out there, there really is, but I feel like he is one of the forefathers of it all, and set the standard so, and that's a high standard," said Garza.
He said Black has also been very involved in the Lockhart community, and his church.
"Hard working, for sure, very intelligent, very caring, he's a good man," said Garza.
Visitation for Black will be Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at McCurdy Funeral Home on 105 East Pecan Street in Lockhart. Services will take place Tuesday at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on 313 West San Antonio Street.
The services will be followed by a catered barbecue meal at the church.
All locations will be closed Tuesday in honor of Edgar Black's funeral.