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...