The Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is returning to Austin for it’s seventh year on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m., with VIP entry at noon, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets ($80 for general admission, $165 for VIP, $10 for children 5 and under) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at


The festival, which sells out every year, will showcase smoked delicacies from 27 of the state’s most celebrated barbecue purveyors, all of whom have been honored by the magazine’s coveted list of “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!” Guests are encouraged to sample from as many BBQ vendors as their stomachs will allow, plus many sweet treats. Shiner Beer and Legacy Whisky cocktails will be available for purchase, along with giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Nationwide Insurance, Texas A&M University, YETI Coolers, Central Market, and Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix. The afternoon will feature live music from Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Warren Hood.

As a new addition this year, Texas Monthly debuts the TMBBQ Brisket Brunch on Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Juliet Ristorante (1500 Barton Springs Rd). Spotlighting TMBBQ Fest’s first-ever “Global Joint” from France, the event will feature an original BBQ brunch menu from Pitmaster Thomas Abramowicz, of the Beast of Paris, France, and Chef Jacob Weaver, of Juliet Ristorante. Tickets are $85 each for a meaty brunch menu with cocktails included. Tickets will be on sale with TMBBQ Fest tickets starting Thursday, September 8, at 10 a.m.


As is tradition, the magazine has invited one “Newcomer” to the festival, with Evie Mae’s, of Lubbock, receiving the nod. Newcomers who quickly rocketed to the top of their field have included Freedmen’s, in Austin; Austin’s Franklin Barbecue; Pearland’s Killen’s Barbecue; and Dallas’s Pecan Lodge. New to this year’s festival, the magazine introduces a “Global Joint” with Paris’s the Beast.


The 2016 TMBBQ Fest featured BBQ joints include:


Austin’s BBQ and Catering (Eagle Lake)

The Beast (Paris, France)

The Original Black’s Barbecue (Austin)

Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q (Kerrville)

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth)

Cranky Frank’s (Fredericksburg)

Evie Mae’s (Wolfforth)

Franklin Barbecue (Austin)

Freedmen’s (Austin)

Gatlin’s BBQ (Houston)

The Granary ’Cue & Brew (San Antonio)

Hays Co. Bar-B-Q 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)

Pecan Lodge (Dallas)

Pody’s BBQ (Pecos)

Snow’s BBQ (Lexington)

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue (Tyler)

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Austin)

Two Bros. BBQ Market (San Antonio)

Tyler’s Barbecue (Amarillo)


For more information about the TMBBQ Fest and TMBBQ Brisket Brunch, visit or follow @tmbbq.


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