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Road trip! TMBBQ Fest heads to North Texas for barbecue eat-a-thons

TMBBQ Fest hits the road for North Texas barbecue eat-a-thons

Brisket and sausage at Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas
Texas Monthly BBQ editor Daniel Vaughn hosts the November 1 eat-a-thon, which stops at Lockhart Smokehouse in Plano. Lockhart Smokehouse/Facebook
Sausage at Pecan Lodge
Pecan Lodge is also on the bill for the November 1 TMBBQ Road Trip event. Photo by William Neal
Hutchins BBQ
The November 1 tour will also hit Hutchins BBQ in McKinney. Photo courtesy of Hutchins BBQ
Daniel Vaughn, Aaron Franklin and Justin Fourton at Meat Fight in Dallas
Daniel Vaughn (left) is hosting both TMBBQ Road Trip events in Dallas. Photo by Cecily Johnson
Brisket and sausage at Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas
Sausage at Pecan Lodge
Hutchins BBQ
Daniel Vaughn, Aaron Franklin and Justin Fourton at Meat Fight in Dallas

Next month TMBBQ Road Trip is heading north for its first foray into Dallas-Fort Worth, hosting two meaty adventures.

November 1 brings a day-long event with stops at three of the area’s best barbecue joints: Pecan Lodge, Hutchins BBQ and Lockhart Smokehouse in Plano. A 55-passenger motor coach will take guests to all three spots while Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn “will regale guests with behind-the-scenes tales of assembling the magazine’s anointed list of the 50 best barbecue joints in the state, divulge best-kept secrets of the barbecue trade, and disseminate the how-tos of spying (and then savoring) a perfect slice of brisket.”

Tickets for that cost $150, which includes beverages on the bus plus one meal and beverages at each restaurant. Only 21 and up, please.

November 2 is a celebration dubbed “Dia de los Puercos” at Four Corners Brewing Co., where Vaughn will honor whole-hog devotee Samuel Jones of the Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina. The Skylight, which has a simple menu devoted to the appreciation of Eastern-style North Carolina whole-hog pork, has been an institution since 1947 and was honored with the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classic Restaurant Award.

From 4-6 pm, barbecue fans can devour a signature pork dish from Jones, sides from Jack Perkins’ Slow Bone and desserts from the Swiss Pastry Shop in Fort Worth. There will also be a Q&A between Vaughn and the guest of honor.

Tickets for this hog fest will set you back $65, and that includes a plate of BBQ, sides, dessert and drink tickets. You can buy tickets for the both events on the TMBBQ website.