Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Mesquite is gearing up for their fifth annual Real.Texas.Festival. After a successful BBQ cook-off event in 2010, the city of Mesquite will once again host an LSBS sanctioned event at the Real.Texas.Festival this coming weekend. Of course the most important part about the event is the BBQ cook-off on Saturday, but there's plenty else to do as well. Here's a bit of their press release:

"Mesquite’s Fifth Annual Real. Texas. Festival., held at Mesquite’s Rodeo Center, April 29 – 30, 2011, offers great entertainment and value! Tickets are $15 for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted FREE. Tickets include free admission to all of that day’s concerts, that evening’s performance of the world-famous Mesquite Championship Rodeo, as well as the Cowboys & Chrome Car Show presented by Hooters. Add to this our “Taste of Mesquite” Barbecue Cook-off, a fun-filled carnival and midway, a Real. Texas. Marketplace. featuring Texas-grown and produced products, there’s plenty for folks to see and do! Additionally, we provide free remote parking with continuous, complimentary shuttle service is from Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium!"

Look for SmokeMasterOne and myself at the judge's table.

- 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.