Five Texas Barbecue Events to Put on Your Meat Calendar

Catherine Downes
What with the announcement of this year's Meat Fight date (more on that in a minute), and the sad fact that said date is way off toward the end of the year, we thought it might be time to have a quick poke around the internet to see what we could see. And what we saw was a bounty of barbecue events.

See Also: DFW's 10 Best Barbecue Joints

Barbecue events are, of course, a delicious excuse to both be outside and to eventually slip into a meat coma, slumped on the floor, back pressed up against the vegetarian friend or relative you persuaded to come along and be designated meat-free driver. Also, you could probably use a reminder that the weather won't be like this for long, and the endless Texas summer will soon make us all wish for thundersleet. We've tried to stick with ones near the DFW area, but there are a few worth driving for, no doubt.

Fort Worth Cops 4 Kids Barbecue Cook-Off, March 21-22
An annual barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cook-Off Association, which is of course a real thing, the Fort Worth Cops 4 Kids Cook-Off raises money for disadvantaged kids in the Fort Worth area via FWPD, forging stronger bonds between the kids and the cops via toys and brisket.

You can even enter to cook your own barbecue, if you're man or woman enough, and last year saw 111 teams competing in the ol' Stockyards. Entry for those who just want to eat, dammit, is via donation through the website linked to above. Oh, and they're raffling off a gigantic custom smoker, for $25 per ticket. You probably want that.


via Pink Soles in Motion's Facebook page
If this image from a previous year is anything to go by, a man will peer pensively through some smoke.
Pink Soles In Motion, Carrollton, March 28-29
If you ever wanted to attend a barbecue contest that takes place at a Harley-Davidson showroom, then here is your chance, and all in exchange for a short drive up I-35E. Broader information is thin on the ground, but there is even a contest for something called "Jackpot Beans" that is completely separate from the meat contest.

Each barbecue sandwich is $5, entry is seemingly free, and it'll cost you $75 if you want to competitively cook your meat, this time under the Lone Star Barbecue Society rules. There's a guaranteed $1,500 jackpot for the meat winner. All proceeds go to benefit cancer victims and their families.


Head over to the next page for information on the State Championship Goat Cook-Off. Yes.

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Blues, Bandits, and BBQ in Oak Cliff... held in mid/late October usually! 


the barbecue goat cookoff in brady is better


I see Phelps and Becooler beat me to the description of Washers.  Funnest thing you can do with clothes on while drinking far too much and tending a fire in 105 degree heat.  Gavin, if'n you ever make it out to Revolver for their tour...holler, I have a fantastic washer course. (2 holes, in dirt...near beer)

everlastingphelps topcommenter

I started to throw a fit, and then I remembered that Gavin has a legitimate excuse for having never pitched a washer.  Yes, pitching washers is real, and its main advantage over horseshoes is that you can get falling down drunk while playing and not send your cousin to the emergency room with massive head trauma.


Fantastic. Thank you for these. Wouldn't miss these awesome events

gavin.cleaver moderator

These are all excellent. Please keep leaving suggestions, and I'll do an expanded post soon.


Throwing washers is similar to throwing horseshoes.  You throw the washer trying to get it to land in a small hole in the ground (or sometimes a slightly elevated box).  Along with drinking beer, it is what one does while waiting for the meat to finish on the smoker.


@The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley The only problem is the location. Go for the bbq and the music but take it easy on the beer. This festival is in the downtown square. Two courthouses, the police station, and the Smith County jail are all within a one block radius. I have friends in Tyler. Drinking on the square always kinda felt like we were just asking for it.

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