The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival isn't just a food fair of epic proportions. It's a serious competition that
crowns the king of Texas BBQ. And as competitor said, "Everyone knows that the best BBQ in the world is found in central Texas."
Texas Monthly, a state-centered magazine that hits on all of the most important subjects affecting the lives of Texans, not
only covers drought and political upheaval, but they dedicate an entire section to Texas BBQ. Meat is serious business in
the Lone Star State, and this festival is the embodiment of that commitment to the sport of barbecuing. Carnivores wait patiently
for this one-of-a-kind festival, so they can sample the product of this ancient pastime.
The festival pits the best
BBQ joints in Texas against each other in a battle you've never experienced before. Each top-tier barbecue-master will bring
their "A" game as they vie for the prestige and the bragging rights of being named the best in the state. Come hungry, and
get ready to sample the finger-licking delicacies produced by some of the most amazing BBQ pit masters in Texas.
year, hundreds of BBQ fanatics head down to the Texas state capitol to chow down on some of the state's best culinary cuisine.
The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, which is sponsored by the Lone Star State publication, has become one of the most exciting
food events of the year. The magazine, that has the only BBQ editor in existence, chooses 50 of the best BBQ joints in the
state each year and invites them to come down to Austin for a day of seasoning, smoking and grilling. Each food entity puts
their best work on display, and festival attendees have the chance to sample the finest BBQ around.
This is the fourth
year for the festival, and each year more and more Texans and BBQ-lovers everywhere are flocking to the Long Center in Austin
to get a taste of the moist, fall-off-the-bone delicacies that these top-tier BBQ joints have to offer. So, come hungry and
find out why these pit-masters are considered the best in the business.
In order to pull off a
win at this prestigious BBQ showdown, the pit-master competitors must work for months perfecting their recipes and preparing
their team for battle. During the 2011 Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, one pit-master from Country Tavern BBQ in Kilgore, TX,
traveled more than four hours, hauling more than 1,000 pounds of meat to the Long Center in the state's capitol. That's the
equivalent of a whole cow. These BBQ festival competitors take this event as serious as if they were competing in the Olympics.
And because the attention to detail is so great, festival attendees benefit greatly.
About the Food
the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival gets underway in the chill of a November morning, the Heavenly smells of slow-smoked meats
and sauced and slathered ribs permeate the surrounding area, seducing the senses of local Austin BBQ-lovers. But residents
of the capitol city aren't the only ones who come down in droves to taste the best BBQ in Texas. BBQ-aficionados from all
over the state descend on the capitol city to eat, drink and be merry.
And when they get there, they have the opportunity
to sample some of the most delicious BBQ in the state. Some cuisine is from the Austin-area, like Austin's BBQ and Catering
who is known for their tender brisket and smoky sausage. And some are from a little further away like Snow's BBQ from Lexington,
TX who creates some of the best barbecued chicken and ribs in the business, with a side of their homemade potato salad.
don't stop there. More than two dozen other BBQ joints are represented at the annual food festival, and everyone deserves
a taste. This year's Top 50 list includes BBQ joints from all over the state including Dallas, Taylor, San Antonio, Amarillo
and Fort Worth. And these delectable dinner-makers are producing not only the traditional barbecue foods like brisket and
ribs, but they are expanding to include pork butt, hot guts, prime rib and even artisanal pickles.
could be better than heading down to the heart of Texas BBQ country and sampling some of the finest slabs of meat in the state?
When you come down to the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, you will get the chance to feed your carnivorous hunger with some of
the finest BBQ around, and get to know other BBQ enthusiasts.
But great BBQ isn't the only thing this festival offers.
The Texas Monthly event also includes great music from some of Austin's local music scene like Shinyribs, Bobby Patterson
& The Disciples and Hacienda, cold beer from the Shiner Beers Company, a Central Texas staple—Sweet Leaf Tea and
a booth sponsored by Tide, which will come in handy after you wipe your BBQ sauce-laden hands on your pants. Every moment
is full of fun, and finger-licking goodness.