Tickets to go on sale September 11

TMBBQ Fest 2015, Texas Monthly’s annual festival for barbecue-lovers, is slated for the afternoon of November 1, 2015, in Austin. Tickets ($80 for general admission, $145 for VIP, $10 for children 5 and under) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11, at


This marks the magazine’s sixth year to host the festival, which showcases the smoked delicacies from many of the state’s most celebrated barbecue purveyors. All invited pitmasters have been honored by the magazine in the much anticipated cover story “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!”. Guests are encouraged to sample from as many BBQ vendors as their stomachs will allow, plus, for the first time ever, sweet treats by a curated list of dessert shops. Cold libations from sponsors Crown Royal, Don Julio Tequila, and Shiner Beer will be available for purchase, along with giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Central Market, Texas A&M University, and YETI Coolers.

As is tradition, the festival will be held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, across the shores of Lady Bird Lake. And the afternoon will feature live performances by Flaco Jiménez Y Su Conjunto and LaTasha Lee and the Blackties.


“Hosting a historically sellout crowd, from amateurs to aficionado’s, this Texas-sized celebration brings the pages of magazine to life on the lawns of the Long Center,” says Texas Monthly president John D. Lunn. “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.”


Each year, the magazine invites one “Newcomer” to the festival, a joint that hadn’t yet opened—or quite hit its stride—when the magazine’s 2013 list was released. This year, Freedmen’s, in Austin, gets the nod (past Newcomers have included Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, Dallas’s Pecan Lodge, and Pearland’s Killen’s).

“Austin is flush with great barbecue, but Freedmen’s manages to make its own mark in a crowded field. That’s why we invited their pitmaster Evan LeRoy to be the official Newcomer to this year’s TMBBQ Fest,” says Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. “The barbecue at Freedmen’s is among the state’s best, and the menu is full of unique and imaginative items like smoked beets and a smoked jalapeño pimento cheese. They also have an array of housemade sausages, some of which we will be treated to at the festival. If you haven’t been to Freedmen’s, we look forward to you discovering their excellent barbecue onNovember 1.”


The 2015 TMBBQ Fest featured BBQ joints include:


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 Barbeque Company (Fredericksburg) Franklin Barbecue (Austin) The Granary ‘Cue & Brew (San Antonio)
Hatfield’s BBQ (Rockport)


Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering (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)


NEW in 2015! TMBBQ Fest desserts include:

  • Crown Royal Whisky mini-cupcakes
  • Dude, Sweet Chocolate
  • Gourdough’s
  • Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita
  • Tiny Pies


For more information about the TMBBQ Fest, visit to or follow @tmbbq.

TMBBQ is a multiplatform community of people all over the world who love barbecue. It’s tended to by the editors of Texas Monthly, an award-winning general-interest magazine best-known for its longform journalism, political reporting, reader service, design, and photography. Texas Monthly has a circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2.6 million people each month—one out of every eight Texas adults. Texas Monthly is published by Emmis Publishing, L.P. Emmis owns and operates radio stations and other magazines.


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Hayden Walker
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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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