Monday, November 21, 2016

Hou BBQ Throwdown 2016

Saint Arnold Brewery
Amber and I are going to Europe so we dropped our dogs off with her family in Lubbock this weekend. The Hou BBQ Throwdown was being held on Sunday so we only spent 14 hours in Lubbock. I had an excellent time last year, and I was not going to miss this year's event. All the participants elevated their BBQ fusion game this year. The competition was fierce, and with each new bite, you were in store for something wonderful and/or unique. Everyone who attended the Throwdown went home as winners.
The calm before the rush
Blood Bros. BBQ - Gochujang Beef Belly Burnt Ends

Gochujang Beef Belly Burnt Ends w/ Korean salad and pickled onions
Brooks’ Place BBQ - Brisket and boudin stuffed bell peppers w/ a beef oxtails twist
Brisket and boudin stuffed bell peppers w/ a beef oxtails twist
The Brisket House - Beef rib ala Veracruz

Cubed beef rib, Veracruz sauce, served over rice and pico de gallo
Corkscrew BBQ - Smoked chile mac-n-cheese

Creamy cheddar mac-n-cheese, smoked hatch green chile with pepper crusted prime beef rib
Feges BBQ - Beef belly burnt ends, pimento cheese grits, braised greens, bourbon cane syrup, pickled red onions, and chives
Beef belly burnt ends, pimento cheese grits, braised greens, bourbon cane syrup, pickled red onions, and chives
Killen's STQ - short rib tamale, smoked beef ravioli, and smoked short rib umami
Short rib tamale, pork belly and brisket chile de arbol con carne, queso fresco, and micro cilantro
Smoked beef short rib ravioli, port demi cream, parmesan, and fall black truffle
Smoked short rib umami
Midtown Barbeque - Smoked prime rib with chimichurri sauce
Smoked prime rib with chimichurri sauce
Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Short rib vindaloo with paneer queso
Short rib vindaloo with paneer queso
The Pit Room - Chopped brisket taco with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and salsa roja
Chopped brisket taco with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and salsa roja
Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue - Pulled pork & waffles
Smoked jalapeño, cheddar and green onion waffle with pulled pork, pit-candied pecans and sweet pork sauce
Ray's BBQ Shack - Muddy Waters sausage
Seafood sausage with shrimp, crawfish, crab meat, and pork
Roegel’s Barbecue Co - Smoked pork belly with surf and turf boudin
Smoked pork belly with surf and turf boudin
Tejas Chocolate Craftory - Santo braised smoked pork cheeks tostada
Santo braised smoked pork cheeks, pinto whip, avocado verde cue sauce, pickled red onion, and cilantro on a crisp corn tortilla
Tin Roof BBQ - Smoked tomahawk prime rib
Smoked tomahawk prime rib with Back Pew milk stout Au Jus and horseradish cream

A judge digging in
Judges table
Judges: Eric Sandler, Pat Sharpe, Wayne Mueller, Lily Jang, and Robert J. Lerma
Judges' Choice : Killen's STQ
People's Choice : Feges BBQ
"The tray"
Until next time, happy smoking...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TMBBQ Fest 2016


Beautiful day at the Long Center
I missed last year's TMBBQ Fest because we were in Turks and Caicos for a wedding. How rude of the bride and groom to have their wedding then... I was not going to miss the festival this year. The seventh edition of the event was going to be the biggest one yet. Twenty-seven of the best BBQ joints in world converged in the ATX at the Long Center for good eats and a fun time. The Beast came all the way from Paris, France, and Evie Mae's was this year's newcomer. Here are the sights and bites of the day:

TMBBQ editor Daniel Vaughn and Aaron Franklin talking shop

Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller and Michael Hernandez of Hays Co.
Austin’s BBQ and Catering, Eagle Lake
Pitmaster: Kory Janow
The Beast, Paris, France
Pitmaster: Thomas Abramowicz

The Beast all the way from Paris, France

Smoke duck breast being glazed

Duck breast

Beef short rib

Thomas Abramowicz
The Original Black’s Barbecue, Lockhart
Pitmaster: Kent Black


Brisket

Smoked chicken and waffle
Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q, Kerrville
Pitmaster: Buzzie Hughes
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, Fort Worth
Pitmaster: Jason Cross


Brisket
Cranky Frank’s BBQ, Fredericksburg
Pitmaster: Dan Martin

Brisket
Evie Mae’s, Wolfforth
Pitmaster: Arnis Robbins

Arnis Robbins slicing brisket

Brisket

Brisket and corn pudding
Franklin Barbecue, Austin
Pitmaster: Aaron Franklin, Braun Hughes

Aaron slicing brisket

Brisket

Housemade jalapeño and cheese sausage

Housemade jalapeño and cheese sausage, brisket, and pulled pork
Freedmen’s, Austin
Pitmasters: Christopher McGhee, Juan Morales, Brad Robinson

Cuban sandwich sausage

Cured and smoked pork loin

Brisket marmalade infused donut holes

Brisket marmalade infused donut hole, brisket, pork loin, and Cuban sausage
Gatlin’s BBQ, Houston
Pitmaster: Greg Gatlin

Smoked salmon on Belgian endive with capers

Smoke beef rib and grits
The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, San Antonio
Pitmaster: Tim Rattray

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew

Brisket, pulled pork, and pork belly
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, San Marcos
Pitmasters: Michael Hernandez, Omar Serna


Jalapeño and cheese with Ghirardelli chocolate sausage

Jalapeño and cheese with chocolate sausage, brisket, and pork belly
Hutchins BBQ, McKinney
Pitmaster: Tim Hutchins

The chopping block

Rib glazing

Brisket

Brisket, rib, and jalapeño and cheese sausage
Killen’s Barbecue, Pearland
Pitmaster: Ronnie Killen, Manny Torres

Cubed pork belly

Pork belly burnt ends

Dry aged brisket

Pork belly burnt ends, dry aged brisket, and turkey sausage

Kelley and Ronnie Killen
La Barbecue, Austin
Pitmasters: John Lewis, Francisco Saucedo, Dylan Taylor, Mat Gonzo

Brisket, pulled pork, and hot guts
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Austin
Pitmaster: Javier Sanchez

Brisket and sausage
Lockhart Smokehouse, Dallas
Pitmasters: Damian Avila, Carolina Maldonado

Smoke tomahawk ribeye
Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor
Pitmasters: Wayne Mueller, Jason Tedford

Lamb pop, beef sausage, and beef rib
Miller’s Smokehouse, Belton
Pitmasters: Dirk Miller, Dusty Miller

Pork loin

Brisket, pork loin, and jalapeño and cheese sausage
Opie’s Barbecue, Spicewood
Pitmaster: Seth Glaser


Brisket, prime rib, craisins almond slaw, and butter beans
Pecan Lodge, Dallas
Pitmaster: Justin Fourton


Brisket
Pody’s BBQ, Pecos
Pitmasters: Israel Campos, Veronica Campos, Margret Franco

Brisket
Snow’s BBQ, Lexington
Pitmaster: Tootsie Tomanetz, Kerry Bexley
Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue, Tyler
Pitmasters: Nick Pencis, Jonathan Shaw
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Austin
Pitmasters: Lance Kirkpatrick, Andy Stapp, Alanmykal Jackson, Bill Dumas

Chopped brisket w/ Popeye's molasses/coffee sauce and jalapeño and cheese sausage on a johnnycake

Smoked chicken with Alabama white sauce and Acapulco pico slaw
Two Bros. BBQ Market, San Antonio
Pitmaster: Laura Loomis

Pitmaster Laura Loomis cutting baby back ribs
Tyler’s Barbeque, Amarillo
Pitmaster: Tyler Frazer

Tyler Frazier

Brisket and pork ribs
Until next time, happy smoking...