Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Woodlands BBQ Festival

The Woodlands BBQ Festival was held just this past Sunday. This was the first year for the event with proceeds benefitting the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Here are the pictures I took from the festival.

Blood Bros. BBQ - Gochujang 44 Farms beef belly burnt ends, brisket, and roasted creamed corn.
Gochujang 44 Farms beef belly burnt ends
Gochujang 44 Farms beef belly burnt ends, brisket, and roasted creamed corn
The Brisket House - Brisket, ribs, and sausage
Brisket, ribs, and sausage
CorkScrew BBQ - Beef rib tacos, sausage, and macaroni and cheese
Will Buckman cubing beef ribs for tacos
Tacos being put together
Beef rib tacos, sausage, and macaroni and cheese
Goode Company Barbeque - Brisket and sausage
Brisket and sausage
Harlem Road Texas BBQ - Pork belly with seaweed salad, Jamaican Jerk duck wings, and burnt ends
Pork belly with seaweed salad, Jamaican Jerk duck wings, and burnt ends
Midtown Barbeque - Brisket and beef ribs
Brisket and beef ribs
Pinkerton's Barbecue - Brisket and jalapeño rice
Brisket
Jalapeño rice
The Pit Room - Brisket tacos, Frito pie, and Thai chicken sausage
Brisket tacos with tortillas made from brisket fat
Frito pie
Thai chicken sausage
Roegels Barbecue Co. - Pork belly and jalapeño/cheese sausage
Pork belly
Pork belly and jalapeño/cheese sausage
Southern Q BBQ - Brisket, turkey, sausage, boudin, and fire cracker

Southern Q BBQ
Brisket, turkey, sausage, boudin, and fire cracker
Southside Market & Barbeque - Brisket, sausage slammer, jalapeño/cheese sausage, and beef sausage

Brisket, sausage slammer, jalapeño/cheese sausage, and beef sausage
Spring Creek Barbeque - Brisket and ribs
Brisket and ribs
Tejas Chocolate Craftory - Brisket, pork belly burnt end w/ pickled red onions, carrot soufflé, and chocolate panna cotta shooter
Brisket
Brisket, pork belly burnt end w/ pickled red onions, carrot soufflé, and chocolate panna cotta shooter
Tin Roof BBQ - Brisket, 44 Farms sirloin, and brisket boudin
44 Farms smoked sirloin
Brisket, 44 Farms sirloin, and brisket boudin
True Texas BBQ - Brisket, ribs, and banana pudding
Brisket, ribs, and banana pudding
A lot of the Houston BBQ heavy hitters showed up to the event. There was a lot of tasty barbecue to be had. The festival was well-organized, and there were hardly any lines. It was good to see all the familiar faces. I had a nice time and will be back. I would probably stay longer next time. I was in the car for six hours and only in Houston for three...
Until next time, happy smoking...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Pit Room (First Impression)

Amber wanted to check out Kusama exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, and I wanted to check out a new barbecue place so a trip to Houston was in store. I was doing research to see what was close to the MFA because we had to be there when they first open to get tickets. The Pit Room opened about two weeks ago. I have seen a lot of pictures on social media, and the food looked pretty good. Then I saw The Pit Room was less than a mile from the exhibit. Score.
Condiments bar
I had an idea what I was going to order before we got there. However once I arrived there, I got overwhelmed with the menu and forgot a few things to get. Some of the smoked meats were hanging under heat lamps and reminded me of a Chinese BBQ restaurant. I ordered the three-meat plate with moist brisket, pork ribs, and Czech style beef sausage with sides of elote (Mexican street corn) and mac n cheese. Amber got the brisket taco. We had to order the brown sugar butter cookie ice cream sandwich to cap off the meal. Everything I ate was great. The brisket was on-point. The tender meat played nicely with the rub and post oak smoke. I did not expect something like this from a place opened for less than two weeks. The pork ribs were outstanding. The combination of the moist meat, smokiness, and flavor made for some good eating. Sadness overcame me after I finished off the second rib because there was no more. The beefy sausage had a good blend of spices. Combine that with a good amount of fat, a coarse grit, and a snappy casing, and you have a superb sausage. The homemade sides were tasty and fresh. Amber's brisket taco was delicious. They used brisket fat to make the tortilla. The cookie sandwich with caramel banana ice cream provided the perfect finish to our lunch. The cold treat was decadent, different, and refreshing without being overly sweet. Amber and I shared one, and I wished we did not after the sandwich was gone.
I need to go back to The Pit Room again. I enjoyed everything. I would have never guessed this place had been open for only two weeks. I want to go back with a bigger group so we can sample more of the menu. Who is in? I forgot to order the homemade chicharrones. I still regret it today. Considering it is so new, I need to stop by one more time before I make up my mind on The Pit Room. So far, so good. Grade: N/A
Firebox on the outside of the building
The pit room at The Pit Room
Until next time, happy smoking...

Address: 1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (281) 888-1929
Website: http://www.thepitroombbq.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePitRoom
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepitroombbq