Sunday, October 30, 2011
Texas Monthly BBQ fest, Austin, Texas
Woo hoo!! What a marvelous time was had by all at the second annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival in Austin, Texas. I do hope I never miss another one. I had planned to attend last year, but was surprised, like many, when the first one sold out in just a few days. This year I was better prepared and jumped right on it as soon as the VIP tickets went on sale. The VIP tix were more expensive, but they got you inside a full hour before the regular tickets. Any BBQ eater would know that was well worth the extra money and it certainly was!!
After that it was just like trick or treat for BBQ hounds. We went from booth to booth collecting samples, then tasting and scoring on the provided cards. I really wanted to walk up to each booth and shout, "Trick or treat, trick or treat, please give us some good smoked meat!" Dave convinced me that would be a bit silly. At first, things were very easy. There were few lines and most were very short.
Inside the adjacent center, we spied the BBQ First Aid station. They seemed to be well prepared with "heart starters", antacids, and all your BBQ first aid needs.
As we finished up, we sat down and tabulated our scores and made our judgement calls for the "People's Choice Awards". My actual scorecard is shown below.
If there was an "overall" rating, for the best presentation of multiple meats, I think I would have given it to Taylor Cafe.
I really had a blast and can't wait to do it again next year. There are three more posts below, showing the booths and food from almost every participant. Enjoy, and remember you can click on any photo for a larger version.