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Houston Barbecue Festival gathers area's best experts all in one spot

Houston Barbecue Festival gathers area's best experts all in one spot

2nd Annual BBQ Festival CultureMap Moment
Enjoy tasty 'cue from over 20 standout barbecue joints. Courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11
Houston Barbecue Festival, March 2013, Ray Busch, Ray's Real Pit BBQ
Pitmaster Ray Busch of Ray's Real Pit Barbecue fires up the grill. Photo by Danny Kamin
Wayne Mueller Louie Mueller Houston Barbecue Festival BBQ
Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas will be at the Houston Barbecue Festival this weekend. Photo by Eric Sandler
2nd Annual BBQ Festival CultureMap Moment
Houston Barbecue Festival, March 2013, Ray Busch, Ray's Real Pit BBQ
Wayne Mueller Louie Mueller Houston Barbecue Festival BBQ

This weekend, the third annual Houston Barbecue Festival (Sunday; 1-5 p.m.) invades NRG Park with an impressive lineup of more than 20 participating barbecue joints, serving up brisket, ribs, sausage, and more. Among those taking part are Killen’s, Pizzitola's and Gatlin's, plus Louie Mueller out of Taylor, Texas and first-timers Blood Bros.

Festival goers will also get a preview taste of smoky goods from Pinkerton’s, set to open later this year.

“It’s pretty much everyone you’ve ever wanted to try, all in once place, all at the same time. And it’s all for one price, which is so great. If you don’t have a lot of experience with Houston barbecue, this is the place to get caught up in a hurry,” says CultureMap’s Eric Sandler.

A portion of the proceeds go to non-profit Vita-Living, Inc., which helps provide lifelong support programs for adults and children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism.

Alas, the event has proven to be so popular that tickets sold out on Friday. We'll update the story if some tickets become available. If not, wait until next year?

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