The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival Was Pretty Cool, I Guess

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Why is this sign not made of barbecue?
​The city of Austin's clothing smelled like delicious, delicious barbecue all the live long day on Sunday. The Second Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival was stinking up that town something awesome. And if you weren't there to sample brisket, ribs and sausage from over 20 different Texas barbecue joints, you must've been somewhere else bawling your freaking eyes out.

Franklin BBQ shocked exactly nobody and took home the people's choice award for best brisket, Stanley's Famous BBQ won for pork ribs and Louie Mueller Barbecue won best beef ribs and best sausage.

Daniel Vaughn, AKA BBQ Snob, wrote on his awesome barbecue blog that the festival "was bigger and better this year with more attendees and an overall better experience." But, that's not what I heard the barbecue hipster attendees saying.

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Alice Laussade
​Barbecue Hipster 1: "Ugh. This line is, like, so much longer than it was last year. I'm tweeting a haiku of that."

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Alice Laussade
Snow's brisket being sliced. Yes that.
​Barbecue Hipster 2: "I was at Snow's back when it was still called Sleet's."

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Alice Laussade

Barbecue Hipster 3: (gasp) "Did she just dip that brisket in sauce?" (sigh) (pause) (sigh) (louder sigh)

Alice Laussade's School of Shitty Photography
Meat sweats caused this blurry photo. Apologies to TC's Ponderosa and their meats.
​The festival was great. The weather was perfect, it was all-you-can-stand-to-sample barbecue from some of the best joints in Texas (note that beverages aren't included in your ticket price, so be sure to bring cash for boozes) and everyone there was excited to get completely barbecue-hammered. (One question: Where were Dallas' Lockhart Smokehouse and Pecan Lodge? Barbecue Hipster 4: "Well, they weren't on Texas Monthly's list of best barbecue joints in Texas, sooooo...")

If you can get yourself tickets to the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival next year, definitely do so. And if I see you there, I'll be sure to talk at you about how I was there back in 2011, when this shit was even better.

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7 comments
Jim
Jim

Alice - Is that a cheddar cheese saltine in the last picture? Sure looks like it.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Alice,

When are we getting the reviews of the buffets at the local shake joints?

Beda
Beda

Bawling your eyes out (or at least I hope that's what you meant).

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

It was some spicy cracker something. I did not approve that message. Thumbs down.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

You're right. I meant to write "melon-balling your eyes out." Will fix.

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