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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