The Texas Monthly BBQ Fest celebrates the award-winning magazine’s latest list of “Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas” with a weekend full of exciting events. This year the celebration kicks off on Saturday, November 3, with ‘Cue Course, followed by the first-ever Franklin & Friends event that same day. The main festival itself will take place on Sunday, November 4 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
General Admission tickets for the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on Sunday are $80
and for those looking for the ultimate festival-going experience, Texas Monthly BBQ Fest ticket buyers may opt for a VIP ticket for just $165
, which includes a one-hour advanced entry, a pair of complimentary drink tickets, annual subscription to Texas Monthly Magazine, and a special Texas Monthly gift. For the hardcore BBQ fans, Texas Monthly offers a 24-hour advanced ticket sale window exclusively for TMBBQ Club members. Membership includes BBQ gear and quarterly BBQ content by Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn, as well as early access to BBQ event tickets and ticket discounts to other Texas Monthly signature events. To join the TMBBQ Club, visit tmbbqclub.com
And wait, that is not all, Texas Monthly is also offering several other ticketed events leading up to Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on Sunday, November 4. On Saturday, November 3, the second annual ‘Cue Course, a BBQ educational experience, will take place at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (6610 N Lamar Blvd) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Texas Monthly’s Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn, the event will dive deep into barbecue education with a hands-on instructional course from certified instructors from the Texas A&M University Animal Science Department with private pit tours and a loaded BBQ lunch. Tickets to the ‘Cue Course are $95 each
, and the ticket price includes complimentary food and beverages.
In addition, later that Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the BBQ Fest will introduce the first-ever Franklin & Friends event, hosted by James Beard-winner and local pitmaster himself, Aaron Franklin at Franklin Barbecue (900 E 11th St). Attendees can expect an exciting evening of cold beer and live-fire cooking from Franklin himself as well as pitmasters Evan LeRoy of LeRoy & Lewis, Sam Jones of North Carolina\’s Sam Jones BBQ, and Bryan and Nikki Furman of B\’s Cracklin\’s BBQ in Atlanta. Tickets to Franklin & Friends are $95 each, and the ticket price includes complimentary food and beverages.
Closing out the weekend festivities, the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest will once again return on Sunday, November 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with VIP entry at noon at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. A total of 30 barbecue joints from across the state will come together, making this year one of the largest events to date since the festival’s inception in 2009. This year, each pit has been asked to serve at least two meats (the more the meatier), and on a sweet note also one dessert or side dish to round out the hearty menu. The featured BBQ restaurants, all of which are on the magazine’s latest “Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas
” list, will be serving up their delicious BBQ fare. The most recent list, released in the June 2017 issue, was honored by the National Magazine Awards for ‘Best Cover’ with the story entitled “The Golden Age of BBQ,” by BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn and Executive Editor Patricia Sharpe.
Guests are encouraged to sample as much ‘cue as their stomach will allow, as well as enjoy live music, cold drinks and fun lawn games with attendees of all ages and from across the globe. In addition to the stellar BBQ offerings on-site, the festival will also feature some of the state’s most beloved music performers, including The Madisons
, Lavelle White
& The L Men, and more.
The epic current lineup of BBQ participants at this year’s festival includes the following:
TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ FESTIVAL – 2018 LINEUP:
2M Smokehouse (San Antonio)
Baker Boys BBQ (Gonzales)
Bodacious Bar-B-Q Mobberly (Longview)
Cattleack Barbeque (Dallas)
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano)
Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue (Wolfforth)
Flores Barbecue (Whitney)
Guess Family Barbecue (Waco)
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que (San Marcos)
Heim Barbecue (Fort Worth)
Hutchins BBQ (Frisco/McKinney)
Killen’s Barbecue (Pearland)
la Barbecue (Austin)
Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas)
Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor)
Micklethwait Craft Meats (Austin)
Miller’s Smokehouse (Belton)
Pody’s BBQ (Pecos)
Roegels Barbecue Co. (Houston)
Smolik’s Smokehouse (Mathis)
Snow’s BBQ (Lexington)
Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (Tyler)
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Austin)
Stillwater Barbeque (Abilene)
Tejas Chocolate Craftory (Tomball)
Terry Black’s Barbecue (Austin)
Top 5 BBQ (DeSoto)
Truth BBQ (Brenham)
Tyler’s Barbeque (Amarillo)
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ (Austin)
The Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend is sponsored by Big Red, Desert Door Sotol, Legacy Whiskey, Lone Star Beer, The Texas Pie Company, and YETI.
For tickets and information about the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend, visit TexasMonthly.com/tmbbqfest.