Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Real. Texas. Festival. in Mesquite

Here's a copy and paste from the event organizers in Mesquite. It looks like you can learn to BBQ, enter the BBQ competition, then go eat some BBQ inside the Mesquite Rodeo.

"We're a month out from Mesquite's 4th Annual Real. Texas. Festival. with featured guest - Championship Barbecue Chef and founder of, Troy Black. He will be offering a special BBQ 101 cooking class as a "pre-festival" event on Thursday, April 22nd, at the Mesquite Convention Center. For those who want to learn how to create over-the-top pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken, this is where it begins. This class is an excellent way for both novices and long-time backyard grillers to learn from a master. For more details about the class particulars, go to his website at Additionally, he also has a brand new cookbook the Big Book of BBQ, on sale April 6, and DVD project Real BBQ Know How, that is now available for sale, that he will be promoting during his demonstrations during the festival.

Troy also has a VERY INTERESTING back story in that he worked editorial for Southern Living magazine, covered a barbecue competition for the magazine and got completely hooked, and has now walked away from his "day" job and makes his living being competing in barbecue events professionally, and obviously, other BBQ endeavors.

Can you think of any better city to host a barbecue competition than Mesquite, Texas? We will also be hosting our "Taste of Mesquite" Barbecue Cook-Off during the festival, which will run during the festival, April 23 - 24, it is open to the public (anyone can sign up to compete), and we will have a $2,000 payout, with a $500 Grand Champion Prize. Entry fee is $60 and categories include beef brisket, pork spare ribs and 1/2 chicken. Rules/application form available at"

Is anyone out there planning to enter the 'cue contest?

- BBQ Snob

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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.