Houston BBQ Throwdown 2017

This past weekend was super busy for us. It was all about the 'cue. We headed to Dallas Saturday morning for Smoked Dallas. On Sunday, we drove down to Houston for the third annual Houston BBQ Throwdown on Sunday. It is one of my favorite events, and I would not miss it for the world. It is not your average barbecue festival. It brings out the creativity and culinary skills in each pitmaster. The competition is fierce and gets elevated every year. Here are the entries:

Beaver's Westheimer - 44 Farms beef short rib & brisket tacos with homemade brisket fat tortillas, pico de gallo, pickled onion, queso fresco, Yellowbird crema, and cilantro

Judges had this dish tied for first

Blood Bros. BBQ - Brisket fried rice with pork jowl Char Siu

The Brisket House - Pulled beef rib taco with homemade tortilla, grilled onions, salsa de Molcajete, Mexican slaw, queso fresco, and avocado

El Burro & the Bull - Pozole (smoky red chile broth topped with smoked pork shoulder and dressed with pickled radish, cilantro, lime, and Mexican oregano. Served with housemade tostadas)

Judges had this dish tied for first

Feges BBQ - Pork belly pastrami (peached wood smoked) with housemade kraut, comeback sauce, and provolone on rye

Gatlin's BBQ - Rabbit & biscuit (smoked rabbit on cheddar-chive biscuit with raspberry-chiptole sauce and topped with a quail egg

Greg Gatlin cubing rabbit

Harlem Road Texas BBQ - Bone-in pork chop with black cherry balsamic, creamy polenta & pomegranate, and a pork nugget

My Yard Reaction BBQ - Wagyu brisket bento (beef tendon puff, sesame seaweed salad, smoked Enoki mushroom, radish & sticky rice, and black seed green onion, bull's blood and cilantro with coriander seed microgreens

Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Go Chu Jang Chicken with pickled broccoli slaw, and fresh jalapeño

Pinkerton's Barbecue - Smoked flank steak on a toasted crostini with fire roasted puree, goat cheese, and chimichurri sauce

The Pit Room - A1 Thick & Smokey (All beef cheeseburger link, house cured bacon, grilled ions, and A1 Thick & Hearty Sauce

Roegel’s Barbecue Co - Pastrami taco with housemade kraut and Thousand Island dressing

Tejas Chocolate Craftory - S'Mac Belly (pork belly with poblano and oaxaca mac, mango and micro cilantro)

Greg Moore slicing pork belly

Tin Roof BBQ - Beef short rib with homemade pickles

Brek Webber showing up to the competition even after a fire at his restaurant. Dedication.

People's choice

With so many great bites, the competitors definitely brought their A game. The crowd voted Tin Roof as their favorite. With such a strong field, the judges (Alison Cook, Wayne Mueller, Ronnie Killen, Robert Lerma & D'Artagnan Bebel) awarded a tie at the top between Beaver's and El Burro & the Bull. If you did not go this time, do not miss out on the next event. It will be an Austin versus Houston throwdown this December. It is going to be fun.

Michael Fulmer & Brek Webber of Tin Roof BBQ

Veronica & John Avila of El Burro & and the Bull and Arash Kharat of Beaver's

Until next time, happy smoking...


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