By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 13, 2022 at 9:07 AM

Sometimes, a food experience can be life changing. Such was the case for Adam Bielke whose world was turned upside down by a fateful trip to Austin’s legendary Franklin BBQ. 

This week on FoodCrush, we’re sitting down with Bielke and his wife Cindi, the owners of Sweet Smoke BBQ, to chat about the meal that changed everything. From the meal that birthed an obsession with Texas style BBQ, to the research that went into trying to recreate the flavors at home, we’re delving deep with this couple whose collective passion for smoked meats prompted them to leave their careers behind to launch a business of their own.

Along the way, we learn more about the creative dishes served up at Sweet Smoke BBQ, including their phenomenal smoked brisket burger, which earned accolades from Lori’s Burger Trail series.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.