In the world of Texas barbecue, brisket is king. And there was plenty to be had at the Fourth Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival.
In its fourth year, this savory festival welcomes scores of eager fans to celebrate the great Texas heroes of smoked meat.
By dawn, the far lawn of the Long Center was festooned with great smoke pits, all fired up and seasoning the air with the great aroma of smoky barbecue.
“Sold Out,” not an uncommon sign to see at one of America’s top barbecue joints, Franklin Barbecue. Texas Monthly’s BBQ festival allowed fans to get in on the good stuff without having to wait hours in line.
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Sunday’s Bluebird skies and refreshing, cool air couldn’t have been more perfect for the Fourth Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, hosted along the greens of the Long Center.
This year’s celebration of smoked meat featured 21 of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints list released earlier this year. Among the crowd favorites included small-town institutions such as Taylor’s Louie Mueller Barbecue, Lexington’s Snows BBQ, Lockhart’s Black’s Barbecue and Fort Worth’s Cousin’s BBQ.
The Pecan Lodge, Dallas’s own bright, shining barbecue star, was one of the newest additions to the Top 50 lineup.
Of course, there were quite a few Austin favorites on deck as well, including La Barbecue, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue and Franklin Barbecue.
Performances of the soulful beats of Shinyribs and Bobby Patterson & The Disciples kept the finger lickin’ vibe alive as barbecue aficionados eased into a late-afternoon meat coma.
Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein keeps the crowd apprised of the latest event happenings.
The day kicked off along the expansive lawn overlooking the Austin skyline with a special early tasting for VIP ticket holders from noon to 1pm, followed by a full-fledged meat lover’s smorgasbord for a sold-out crowd.
Conquering the great barbecue festival deserves a little souvenir. Guests lined up to get a quick snapshot in front of the event’s signature sign.
Among the top three finds at this year’s Texas Monthly BBQ Festival: barbecue (of course), smiles and plenty of Shiner beer.