Forestry Management Service | Southern Foodways Alliance arrow left envelope headphones search facebook instagram twitter flickr menu rss play circle itunes calendar

Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to

< Back to Oral History project: Texas BBQ


Ronnie Vinikoff

Ronnie Vinikoff was born in San Gabriel, California, in 1964. He grew up in east Texas, and originally came to the Austin area as an ironworker. He started his forestry management and woodcutting business when he was fifteen years old, and he now works primarily on land outside of Rockdale, Texas. Ronnie and his crew supply post oak and other types of wood to numerous restaurants in and around Austin, many of them barbecue restaurants. Ronnie has been a pioneer in managing forests in Central Texas for sustainability and tree health, developing innovative practices and technologies, as well as providing advice and assistance to others. When you eat barbecue at a restaurant fueled by Ronnie Vinikoff’s wood, you’re not only tasting flavors from a Texas forest, you’re also helping to sustain it.

Date of interview:
2007-03-10 00:00

Lisa Powell, with assistance from Rebecca Onion

Lisa Powell

Download Transcript

Other Project Interviews



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


Alex Raij Txikito

Let’s Stay in Touch

Sign up for the SFA newsletter to have the latest content
delivered directly to your inbox.