Monday, October 31, 2011

2nd Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival

This year was Texas Monthly's second annual BBQ Festival. It was bigger and better this year with more attendees and an overall better experience. Much has been written about the event form plenty of angles (see links below), so I thought I'd take you through a tour of the food.

Smitty's Market

Snow's is the only food shot that I missed. That jalapeno sausage was just too good.

Cousin's brisket ribs and sausage
Coleman's sausage and brisket
Lambert's pork, brisket and sausage
Sausage and that famous rib from Country Tavern
Buzzie's brisket
Hard 8 brisket and sauage

Baby J's brisket, sausage and ribs
Casstevens brisket
Big Daddy's rib
Taylor Cafe rib, turkey sausage and beef sausage

Vincek's brisket and sausage by Texas Monthly

Louie Mueller brisket, beef rib and sausage
City Meat Market brisket, sausage and rib
Opie's rib sausage and brisket
Stanley's rib
Wild Blue rib, brisket and corn pudding
Baker's Ribs brisket, sausage and ribs
Salt Lick brisket, ribs and sausage
TC's Ponderosa's ribs, brisket and sausage
Franklin BBQ brisket

The big winners were Austin's own Franklin BBQ for brisket, Stanley's Famous BBQ in Tyler for ribs, and Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor took home top prize in beef ribs and sausage. For more coverage of the Festival check these links:
Eat My Words quotable wrap-up, Eat My Words photo gallery, Austin 360Eater Austin, KVUE (video), and Texas Eats.

- BBQ Snob


DrillerAA said...

Love the awards. Looks like some amazing BBQ was to be had.

Don O. said...

Sorry I missed ya. Great minds think alike. I shot all the booths and food, too, but I missed Smitty's. I'm stil enjoying my leftovers. :)

DaveInAustin said...

I can send my shot of Snow's offering if you want it. Don and I made that our first stop so we could sample Snow's and Franklin's side-by-side, with Franklin the clear winner this year.

DaveInAustin said...

I can send you a shot of the Snow's sampler if you like. Don and I headed there first thing to taste their brisket side-by-side with Franklin's - clearly no contest this year.

Vu said...

so is the bbq as good as actually visiting restaurant at events like these?

BBQ Snob said...

Most everyone put out a respectable product. They all suffer somewhat from not being at home, but the Franklin brisket was on and the Big Daddy's ribs were better than any I've had at their restaurant.

Anonymous said...

We had an amazing time and so much great BBQ. Only one complaint. Myself and 20 friends came in starting at 1:30 and not one of us got a ballot. Therefore we had no voice on people's choice! Other than that we had a great time!


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.