I've heard about this event before from the Texas BBQ Posse but this was my first time to attend. What a fun little festival. For just $20 you get a wristband and get to sample 30 different cooks until they run out. They had a nice crowd but the lines were nothing like the bigger BBQ fests all of which all have less BBQ to sample. However this was a mix of restaurants, backyard cooks, and competition BBQ folks, all in the same contest. I had applied to be a judge but apparently too late. So me and the Mrs just bought wristbands and wandered around sampling all the goodness as part of the people's choice award. The quality and quantity doled out varied widely. I had 1 decent piece of brisket, a couple of nice ribs, and one piece of excellent smoked chicken. The best of the ribs and chicken were right up there with the best I have had, so that's a pretty nice score for this little fest. There was an awful lot of average and even some bad brisket (shoe leather) and a whole lot of very average pulled pork. Each wristband included a wooden nickel which we used to vote for our favorites. The Mrs and I agreed on the top 3 joints and we split our nickels between our favorite two. Most of the tents were still passing out food at 3 pm.
There were some good local blues bands onstage, lots of dogs, and kids running around. A really fun little festival and a good value compared to the $145 of Texas Monthly and without the 200 mile drive. Overall, the food was not as good as the Austin event, but the laid back atmosphere and down home party attitude more than made up for that. I will be back next year for sure!
I love barbecue. I always wanted to spend some vacation time sampling the best BBQ joints in Texas. A few years ago, my friend Scott and I started doing just that and we've been doing it every year since. We call it the "Calories and Cholesterol Tour". Since so many people were asking me about our experiences, I started writing them up. We are not expert eaters or writers. We just do this for fun and because we LOVE Texas BBQ. A note about our reviews. We tend to be "stealth" reviewers. We don't ask for pit tours or cooking techniques and we try to be discrete about taking photos til after we are done. We want to experience each meal as an average customer. If you know a great Texas BBQ joint we need to try, e-mail me at donotemp AT gmail DOT com. CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW! I also have a separate bass fishing blog.