This will be our fifth time to attend and cover the BBQ Fest, and it’s always a great time! We always have a great time visiting with the pitmasters and sampling their smoky specialties -- from both long-time favorite BBQ joints and new discoveries! This year, 30 of Texas' best BBQ joints from all regions of the state are taking part in the event. Be sure to click on each link below to visit participating BBQ joints' websites and check them out ahead of the BBQ Fest!!
Every participating BBQ joint has a dedicated booth where hungry BBQ lovers line up to sample their brisket, ribs, sausage…and fun surprises like lamb chops and homemade scratch desserts too! As these pictures from last year’s BBQ Fest show, we had a great time sampling some amazing smoked meat from Aaron Franklin's Franklin Barbecue.
In addition to fabulous Texas BBQ as far as the eye can see at the Long Center, BBQ Fest attendees can also purchase soft drinks, beer, and cocktails to wash it all down. There’s also plenty of live music to enjoy – the event takes place in Austin, after all! Bottom line: the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is a fun afternoon where BBQ lovers of all ages mingle and sample as much smoky Texas BBQ as they can eat in a beautiful location near picturesque Lady Bird Lake. Keep in mind that this is a very popular event, and tickets typically sell out before the day of the event. If you are interested in attending this year's festivities, I highly recommend you purchase your tickets online as soon as possible! I don't recommend waiting to purchase tickets at the door -- you risk smelling all that smoky goodness, but being unable to come inside for a taste. That would be very unfortunate, indeed!
The Weekend Gourmet will be posting lots of fun live social shares the day of the 2018 Texas Monthly BBQ Fest – including video via Facebook and Instagram! One caveat -- I'm not responsible for any drooling you do when you see up-close pictures of all that amazing Texas BBQ! If you’re not already following us on social media, what are you waiting for? Follow all of our culinary adventures via Instagram (WEEKENDGOURMET) and Twitter (@TheWeekendGourm). There are two more things you need to be aware of. First: the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is outdoors and takes place "rain or shine." Second: Daylight Savings Time begins the weekend of the event...so BE SURE to set your clock back 1 hour when you go to sleep on Saturday, November 3rd. Doing so will ensure you arrive at the BBQ Fest at the correct time!
Disclosure: Texas Monthly is providing The Weekend Gourmet a pair of media credentials to attend and cover this year's BBQ Fest.