Our stomachs are already grumbling. On Thursday, Texas Monthly released the lineup for this year's beloved TMBBQ Fest, a celebration of all things grilled, smoked and 'cued.
The festival offers brisket, sausage, and rib fiends the opportunity to sample some of the tastiest barbecue from across the state in one convenient location. Festival-goers can also enjoy cold drinks and live music from the likes of Flaco Jiménez Y Su Conjunto and LaTasha Lee & The BlackTies. For the first time ever, there will also be a sweet lineup of desserts and meaty delicacies.
"This Texas-sized celebration brings the pages of [the] magazine to life," Texas Monthly President John D. Lunn said in a press release announcing the lineup. "And this year's new addition of desserts will round out the culinary experience for attendees eager to taste the best this vast state has to offer."
All of the pitmasters at this year's festival have been featured in a legendary Texas Monthly article honoring the best-of-the-best barbecue joints. Killen's Barbecue, which will serve as the Houston area's representative at the festival, joins celebrated outposts like Austin's Franklin Barbecue, Louie Mueller Barbecue from Taylor and Snow's BBQ from Lexington. Freedmen's Bar, which wasn't open when the rankings came out in 2013, gets a nod as pitmaster Evan LeRoy will be this year's official "newcomer."
The sixth annual celebration will take over the Long Center on Sunday, November 1. Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, September 11. Admission ranges from $80 to $145, although children 5 and under get in for $10.
The full TMBBQ Fest lineup is as follows:
Buzzie's Bar-B-Q (Kerrville)
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano)
Cousin's Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth)
Cranky Frank's BBQ Company (Fredericksburg)
Franklin Barbecue (Austin)
The Granary ‘Cue & Brew (San Antonio)
Hatfield's BBQ (Rockport)
Hays County Barbeque Restaurant (San Marcos)
Hutchins BBQ (McKinney)
Killen's Barbecue (Pearland)
La Barbecue (Austin)
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue (Austin)
Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas)
Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor)
Miller's Smokehouse (Belton)
Opie's Barbecue (Spicewood)
The Original Black's Barbecue (Lockhart)
Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
Pody's BBQ (Pecos)
Snow's BBQ (Lexington)
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Austin)
Two Bros BBQ Market (San Antonio)
Tyler's Barbeque (Amarillo)