Beautiful day at the Long Center

I missed last year’s TMBBQ Fest because we were in Turks and Caicos for a wedding. How rude of the bride and groom to have their wedding then… I was not going to miss the festival this year. The seventh edition of the event was going to be the biggest one yet. Twenty-seven of the best BBQ joints in world converged in the ATX at the Long Center for good eats and a fun time. The Beast came all the way from Paris, France, and Evie Mae’s was this year’s newcomer. Here are the sights and bites of the day:

TMBBQ editor Daniel Vaughn and Aaron Franklin talking shop

Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller and Michael Hernandez of Hays Co.

Austin’s BBQ and Catering, Eagle Lake
Pitmaster: Kory Janow

The Beast, Paris, France
Pitmaster: Thomas Abramowicz

The Beast all the way from Paris, France

Smoke duck breast being glazed

Duck breast

Beef short rib

Thomas Abramowicz

The Original Black’s Barbecue, Lockhart
Pitmaster: Kent Black


Smoked chicken and waffle

Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q, Kerrville
Pitmaster: Buzzie Hughes

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, Fort Worth
Pitmaster: Jason Cross


Cranky Frank’s BBQ, Fredericksburg
Pitmaster: Dan Martin


Evie Mae’s, Wolfforth
Pitmaster: Arnis Robbins

Arnis Robbins slicing brisket


Brisket and corn pudding

Franklin Barbecue, Austin
Pitmaster: Aaron Franklin, Braun Hughes

Aaron slicing brisket


Housemade jalapeño and cheese sausage

Housemade jalapeño and cheese sausage, brisket, and pulled pork

Freedmen’s, Austin
Pitmasters: Christopher McGhee, Juan Morales, Brad Robinson

Cuban sandwich sausage

Cured and smoked pork loin

Brisket marmalade infused donut holes

Brisket marmalade infused donut hole, brisket, pork loin, and Cuban sausage

Gatlin’s BBQ, Houston
Pitmaster: Greg Gatlin

Smoked salmon on Belgian endive with capers

Smoke beef rib and grits

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, San Antonio
Pitmaster: Tim Rattray

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew

Brisket, pulled pork, and pork belly

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, San Marcos
Pitmasters: Michael Hernandez, Omar Serna

Jalapeño and cheese with Ghirardelli chocolate sausage

Jalapeño and cheese with chocolate sausage, brisket, and pork belly

Hutchins BBQ, McKinney
Pitmaster: Tim Hutchins

The chopping block

Rib glazing


Brisket, rib, and jalapeño and cheese sausage

Killen’s Barbecue, Pearland
Pitmaster: Ronnie Killen, Manny Torres

Cubed pork belly

Pork belly burnt ends

Dry aged brisket

Pork belly burnt ends, dry aged brisket, and turkey sausage

Kelley and Ronnie Killen

La Barbecue, Austin
Pitmasters: John Lewis, Francisco Saucedo, Dylan Taylor, Mat Gonzo

Brisket, pulled pork, and hot guts

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Austin
Pitmaster: Javier Sanchez

Brisket and sausage

Lockhart Smokehouse, Dallas
Pitmasters: Damian Avila, Carolina Maldonado

Smoke tomahawk ribeye

Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor
Pitmasters: Wayne Mueller, Jason Tedford

Lamb pop, beef sausage, and beef rib

Miller’s Smokehouse, Belton
Pitmasters: Dirk Miller, Dusty Miller

Pork loin

Brisket, pork loin, and jalapeño and cheese sausage

Opie’s Barbecue, Spicewood
Pitmaster: Seth Glaser

Brisket, prime rib, craisins almond slaw, and butter beans

Pecan Lodge, Dallas
Pitmaster: Justin Fourton


Pody’s BBQ, Pecos
Pitmasters: Israel Campos, Veronica Campos, Margret Franco


Snow’s BBQ, Lexington
Pitmaster: Tootsie Tomanetz, Kerry Bexley

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue, Tyler
Pitmasters: Nick Pencis, Jonathan Shaw

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Austin
Pitmasters: Lance Kirkpatrick, Andy Stapp, Alanmykal Jackson, Bill Dumas

Chopped brisket w/ Popeye’s molasses/coffee sauce and jalapeño and cheese sausage on a johnnycake

Smoked chicken with Alabama white sauce and Acapulco pico slaw

Two Bros. BBQ Market, San Antonio
Pitmaster: Laura Loomis

Pitmaster Laura Loomis cutting baby back ribs

Tyler’s Barbeque, Amarillo
Pitmaster: Tyler Frazer

Tyler Frazier

Brisket and pork ribs

Until next time, happy smoking…

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