The 3rd Annual Houston Barbecue Festival will celebrate and recognize what is unique about Houston barbecue. Specifically, they want to:

  • Recognize the talent, hard work, and dedication of the owners and pitmasters that make Houston barbecue great.
  • Make Houstonians true connoisseurs of barbecue by offering samples of great barbecue so they can choose to patronize those barbecue joints committed to only the highest quality of barbecue.
  • Celebrate the diversity and history of Houston barbecue by including the many styles of barbecue found here.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 from 1:00-5:00 p.m (VIP Admission will begin one hour earlier 12 p.m.) at the NRG Park, Green Lot (parking entrance on Lantern Point Drive).

General Admission ($50) includes entry into the festival and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint. VIP Admission ($100) includes entry into the festival one hour early (at noon) and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint. A T-shirt and one (1) drink ticket are also included in VIP admission. To ensure a quality event for everyone involved, ticket sales are limited. All tickets sold in advance, online at No ticket sales at the door. Tickets for the first and second festivals sold out before the day of the event. A bar (beer and wine) and live music will also be included.

About the Houston Barbecue Festival

Now in its third year, the Houston Barbecue Festival will continue to showcase the best that Houston barbecue has to offer to a growing and diverse audience of barbecue lovers.

“Texas barbecue continues to be an international sensation, and Houston is at the epicenter of this trend,” says J.C. (Chris) Reid, festival co-founder and Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist.

“With the emergence of highly-regarded barbecue outlets like Killen’s Barbecue and Corkscrew BBQ and the continued success of local joints like Pizzitola’s, Ray’s and Gatlin’s, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Houston is challenging other cities for Texas barbecue supremacy.”

This year’s festival will feature most, if not all, of last year’s list of the who’s who of Houston’s best barbecue. Currently confirmed are: Blake’s BBQ, The Brisket House, Brooks’ Place BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, El Burro & the Bull, Fainmous BBQ, Feges BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Gerardo’s, Killen’s BBQ, Lenox Bar-B-Que, Oak Leaf Smokehouse, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue, Ray’s BBQ Shack, Roegels Barbecue Co., Spring Creek Barbeque, and The Wooden Spoke.

A new participant this year is up-and-coming Blood Bros. BBQ which has developed a loyal following over the last year with their weekend barbecue pop-ups.

Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas will make another guest appearance to serve his Central Texas-style barbecue.

Additionally, staff from Texas A&M University’s BBQ Genius Counter will be answering attendees’ questions about all things barbecue, backyard or otherwise.

This year’s premier sponsors represent two of Houston’s most recognizable brands. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is Texas’ oldest craft brewery and a long-time supporter of Houston barbecue. Pitt’s & Spitt’s has been building consumer and custom barbecue pits for Houstonians and international customers alike since 1983.

A note from our Charitable Partner

Vita-Living, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) social services charity that provides lifelong support programs for adults and children with disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism. We operate on the precept that every human being deserves an equal right to a decent life. Since our inception in 1982, we have provided a range of support programs that currently include:

  • Residential living through 17 group homes in Harris County which currently support over 70 adults.
  • Host companion care, which provides respite care, nursing, and transportation, to 30 adults in Harris and Fort Bend County.
  • Case management services to coordinate health-related supports, like attendant care and adaptive aids, to over 360 adults and children in seven counties.

A portion of all ticket sales and sponsorships will be contributed to the important mission of Vita-Living, Inc. 

Information provided by Chris Reid and Michael Fulmer of the Houston BBQ Festival

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