In Remembrance

Legendary pitmaster of Black's Barbecue fame passes away at 91

Legendary pitmaster of Black's Barbecue fame passes away at 91

Black's Barbecue Edgar Black Jr
Edgar Black Jr. passed away June 2. Black's BBQ/Facebook

The Lone Star State has lost a barbecue legend. Edgar Black Jr. of Black's Barbecue has passed away, the restaurant announced over the weekend.

"Edgar Clarence Black, Jr., age 91, of Lockhart passed away June 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by family and friends," reads the statement. "We miss you and are forever grateful for your love, generosity, and so much more. Thank you for everything you taught us and the legacy you left for us to live up to."

Black was the co-owner and second-generation pitmaster of the famous Black's Barbecue in Lockhart. He learned the trade from his father, and Black’s Barbecue founder, Edgar Black Sr., who opened the original joint in 1932. An Austin outpost debuted in 2014.

Black is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; his sons, Kent (the current pitmaster) and Terry; and several grandchildren, many of whom keep the legacy going at Texas' oldest same-family-owned restaurant.

The Black family will host a visitation on Monday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart. Services will be held at 3 pm Tuesday, June 6, at First United Methodist Church.