Houston BBQ Festival 2018


One of my favorite events on the calendar is the Houston BBQ Festival. The barbecue scene in Houston has exploded and rivals Austin now. The festival showcases what Houston BBQ has to offer. The event moved location this year from the parking lots of NRG stadium to the Humble Civic Center. I will take you guys through a photographic journey to each participant's booth. Let's go...




Blake's BBQ - Brisket and sausage


Blood Bros. BBQ - Chuck eye Bulgogi bao, Thai green curry boudin, and Thai peanut butter pork belly burnt ends on papaya salad

Quy Hoang building baos

Thai green curry boudin, and Thai peanut butter pork belly burnt ends on papaya salad

The Brisket House - Brisket, sausage, and Big Red cherry jam glazed baby back ribs


Buck's Barbeque Co. - Pork belly banh mi, brisket, boudin, and Big Red ice cream




CorkScrew BBQ - Sweet & spicy ribs, jalapeño, turkey, and mac salad

These sweet & spicy ribs were fantastic


El Burro & the Bull - Smoked pork on a house-made blue corn tostada with a smoked avocado gazpacho


Fainmous BBQ - Pulled chicken & pork, corn relish, spinach casserole, and brisket mac & cheese


Feges BBQ - Smoked wings with an Alabama white sauce, house-made boudin & cracklin, sweet potato & ranana mashers, and PB&J cake



Erin Feges plating PB&J cake

House-made boudin


Smoked wings with an Alabama white sauce and sweet potato & ranana mashers

Gatlin’s BBQ - Wings, smoked beef shank nachos, and Cuban sandwich

Greg Gatlin


Harlem Road Texas BBQ - Chuck roll smoked fajita


Jackson Street BBQ - Pulled pork sliders and sausage & cheese kolache


Killen's Barbecue - brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, smoked chicken with an Alabama white sauce, Korean style ribs, and pork steak



Ronnie Killen glazing the Korean style ribs

Pork steak

Sliced pork steak

Lenox Bar-B-Que - Brisket, ribs, and jalapeño & cheese sausage


Louie Mueller Barbecue - Beef rib croissant



Pinkerton's BBQ - Smoked shoulder clod on a bolillo bun with Asian slaw & homemade spicy mayo and bread pudding with smoked cream cheese icing & wild blueberry reduction




This bread pudding with smoked cream cheese icing & wild blueberry reduction was amazing
Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue - Brisket and ribs


Ray’s BBQ Shack - Brisket, rib tips, sausage, and fried corn

Rib tips


Roegels Barbecue Co. - Pork belly

John Brotherton and Misty & Russell Roegels


Southern Q BBQ - Brisket, sausage, boudin, and firecracker



Southside Market & BBQ - Brisket, sausage, and sausage slammers


Spring Creek Barbeque - Brisket, baby back ribs, and banana pudding


Tejas Chocolate & BBQ - Brisket, Danish ribs, carrot soufflé, and chocolate panna cotta shooter



The Pit Room - Crawfish gumbo sausage and bacon poblano potato salad


Tin Roof BBQ - Beef rib, sausage, and cinnamon roll bread pudding



Truth BBQ - Brisket and jalapeño & cheese sausage



Victorian's Barbecue - Smoked tri-tip and baby back ribs


Willow's Texas BBQ - Brisket and cream corn


It was a beautiful day for the sixth edition of the Houston BBQ Festival. It started off a little chilly and windy, but it warmed up nicely. The event every year is highly organized. The availability of the arena makes the festival flexible when it comes to rain or shine. I also liked there were restrooms and instead of portable toilets. I do not know if I love the setup of having some of the booths under the permanent structure and some outside under tents. Lighting for pictures were not optimal when shooting inside. Other than that, I would say the event was a success. I saw a lot of smiles. People were having a good time and enjoying themselves. Parking was also free. And the gravy? You got to eat at 27 quality barbecue joints without driving around town for a week. A fantastic event with fantastic value.



Until next time, happy smoking...

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