Red Dirt BBQ and Music Fest, Tyler, Texas 5/3/14
As I went from joint to joint I was very very impressed with the quality of the BBQ. There was not a single piece of brisket that was undercooked. Every piece of fat I got was well rendered and flavorful. Only 2 brisket samples were overcooked to slightly mushy. Smoke flavor was present in almost every bite of brisket. Not a single rib pulled off the bone. Most left perfect bite marks. Only one rib I sampled was a bit tough. All of the sausage was good to great.
It wasn't long before I pulled out the plastic bag and started saving all my leftovers. Very little meat was thrown out on this trip and I can enjoy this fest for a few more days thanks to my little ziploc bag.
We ran into Daniel and he seemed to be having a good time "working" the event. I did notice he got more BBQ than I did at a few booths where I was behind him. Hmmmm. Scott tried to talk him into a photo feeding me a rib, but he wasn't letting go of his rib for anything. Ah, a man like me. Hah! Thanks to Scott for the photo.
The VIP price was well worth the extra expense as lines were very short to non-existent. I used my 2 drink coupons for some Shiner Bock and it went down mighty nice with the excellent Q. Scott went off in search of some soft drinks and returned with free ice cold samples of "Dr. Blast" from the Brookshire's booth. Good stuff. One of the better Dr Pepper clones I have had.
Back to the BBQ, it is hard to pick out the winners from such a quality field, but I think I would choose the rib I had from Hutchins BBQ as my favorite rib of the day. Nice bite mark and flavor, but the standout part was a slightly crispy bark on the outside. Almost like a grilled finish. My favorite bit of brisket was a killer burnt end from Lockhart Smokehouse. There's more than one photo of that below but don't view the enlarged photo unless you want to get real hungry. Louie Mueller's sausage was my favorite of the day, but I have to say there was a lot of other good sausage as well.
For a first year fest I thought the organizers pulled off a great day. We didn't hang around for the music festival, but I can't wait for more BBQ next year! I suspect Scott and I will be back to East Texas before then for a tour or two.