Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hou BBQ Festival 2016

Fresh off of the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival and a BBQ tour of East Texas, I was a little "tired" of barbecue. Blasphemy. I know. I think it is more of me eating in excess than anything. There was only a week between Red Dirt and the 2016 Houston BBQ Festival. It was a quick turnaround. I tried to eat lighter and more salads between the two. I ate all 23 booths at last year's event. I had no intentions of repeating that this year. There were 26 BBQ joints participating this time.
BBQ Godfather - Brisket, turkey, sweet potato casserole, and brisket macaroni and cheese
Brisket, turkey, sweet potato casserole, and brisket macaroni and cheese
Blake’s BBQ - Brisket and homemade sausage
Brisket and homemade sausage
Blood Bros. BBQ - Gochujang 44 Farms beef belly, beef chuck ribs, and jalapeño creamed corn. I finally was able to try their beef belly. I love the Asian influences.

Gochujang 44 Farms beef belly

44 Farms beef chuck rib

Gochujang beef belly, beef chuck rib, and jalapeño creamed corn
The Brisket House - Brisket. We missed out on beef ribs.

The last little bit of brisket
Brooks’ Place BBQ - Smoked oxtail and onion bomb (basically meatloaf wrapped in bacon then and wrapped in onion and smoked)
Smoked oxtail and onion bomb
CorkScrew BBQ - Brisket, turkey, and sausage
Sausage
Brisket, turkey, and sausage
El Burro & the Bull - Smoked pork tamalito on a bed of roasted Sonoran style elote



Smoked pork tamalito on a bed of roasted Sonoran style elote
Fainmous BBQ - Brisket and pork ribs. So this was the 24th tent we visited. For whatever reason, I forgot to take a picture of the meats. I think the meat delirium was setting in.
Feges BBQ - 44 Farms smoked steamship beef round and whole hog
44 Farms smoked steamship beef round
Pig head
Whole hog
44 Farms smoked steamship beef round and whole hog
Gatlin’s BBQ - Brisket and baby back pork ribs
Brisket
Baby back pork rib
Gerardo’s - Brisket, barbacoa, pork carnitas tacos
Brisket, barbacoa, pork carnitas tacos
Harlem Road Texas BBQ - Seaweed pork belly and beef ribs
Seaweed pork belly and beef ribs
Jackson Street BBQ - Brisket on a jalapeño cheese biscuit and sausage
Brisket on a jalapeño cheese biscuit and sausage
Killen's Barbecue- Pork short ribs, brisket, and turkey jalapeño and cheese sausage. Ronnie Killen brought a special cut in- pork short ribs. His homemade turkey jalapeño and cheese sausage was new too.

Artist at work. Manny "painting" the pork short ribs.

Side profile of pork short rib
Pork short ribs, brisket, and turkey jalapeño and cheese sausage
Lenox Bar-B-Que - Brisket and jalapeño and cheese sausage
Brisket and jalapeño and cheese sausage
Louie Mueller Barbecue - Beef ribs and jalapeño sausage
Jalapeño sausage

Beef rib and jalapeño sausage
Pappa Charlies Barbeque - 44 Farms short rib burnt ends, brisket, sausage, and pulled pork sundae (coleslaw and mashed potatoes). We missed out on the smoked prime rib. I am a big fan of those burnt ends.
44 Farms short rib burnt ends
Pulled pork sundae (coleslaw and mashed potatoes)
44 Farms short rib burnt ends, brisket, and sausage
Pinkerton's Barbecue - Smoked alligator and brisket. We missed out on the fried boudin balls. What did the alligator taste like? Chicken...
Smoked alligator
Brisket
Smoked alligator and brisket
Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue - Chopped beef sandwich, pulled pork, and pork ribs
Chopped beef sandwich, pulled pork, and pork rib
Ray’s BBQ Shack - Brisket, pork ribs, boudin, and fried corn
Brisket, pork rib, boudin, and fried corn
Roegels Barbecue Co. - Ruben/pastrami, pork belly, and sausage
Ruben
Southside Market & Barbeque - Brisket, sausage, and sausage slammers
Brisket, sausage, and sausage slammers
Spring Creek Barbeque - Brisket, pork ribs, stuffed jalapeño popper

Brisket, pork ribs, stuffed jalapeño popper
Tejas Chocolate Craftory - Brisket, pastrami, carrot soufflé, and chocolate espresso panna cotta
Brisket, pastrami, carrot soufflé, and chocolate espresso panna cotta
Tin Roof BBQ - 44 Farms smoked sirloin, brisket, and baby back pork ribs. They also had brisket tacos.
44 Farms smoked sirloin
44 Farms smoked sirloin, brisket, and baby back pork rib
The Wooden Spoke - Pulled pork coleslaw sandwich and jalapeño cheese sausage
Pulled pork coleslaw sandwich and jalapeño cheese sausage
When Amber and I started the day, we were going to eat at a few of the tents. Try new or different items. We ended up eating at all of them. Bryan had eaten all of the bites within the first hour. I guess that got my competitive juices going. We somehow made it through the 26 booths. It was hot so we were drinking a lot of water. The salty meat made us even thirstier. We even stopped at Sonic on the way out of town during happy hour to further quench our thirst.

The Houston BBQ Festival is a great event to attend. It is well organized/planned, roomy, and has a ton of good eats. The event started a little early because a storm was supposed to roll through in the afternoon. The storm never came, and the skies opened up. It warmed up fast. I wish the event was held at a cooler time of the year. Not sure how logistically that is possible with so much going on in Houston though. That is my only complaint. The event is an excellent showcase to highlight the best that the Houston barbecue community has to offer. We always talk about moving to Houston. BBQ would not be the only reason, but it would definitely help Houston's case. 
Pit area
Until next time, happy smoking...