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Brisket, Sausages, and Vegan Protesters at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

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Brisket from Truth BBQ attracted quite a line
Brisket from Truth BBQ attracted quite a line
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The Texas Monthly BBQ Fest took place for the eighth time on Sunday, with the festival’s largest crowd clamoring for smoked meats at 30 of the best barbecue joints from around the state. The magazine’s highly competitive barbecue rankings came out in May, and the festival was a chance for the new barbecue elite to show their stuff. Relive the madness with Eater’s barbecue hangover observations:

  • As expected, lines were long for the new top-ranked Snow’s BBQ from Lexington and Franklin Barbecue. Newcomer Truth BBQ from Brenham, Texas built up lines as well as word spread about the succulent brisket.
  • List newcomer Tejas Chocolate Craftory of Tomball showed off dessert chops, with carrot souffle and chocolate panna cotta in addition to pastrami burnt ends, brisket, and Danish ribs.
  • Sides were a rarity this year, though the green chili cheese grits from Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Wolfforth were a worthy exception. Sporks, on the other hand, were thankfully more common than last year.
  • Many attendees had planned a strategy this year, carrying trays to get samples faster and taking home leftovers in baggies. On the less controversial side, others brought in blankets and board games.
  • A small group of vegan protesters organized outside the festival, near the Franklin line (perhaps why it was less long this year). Timing with the Settlement Club charity garage sale also made parking at the Long Center a nightmare.
Smoker from Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue gearing up for the day
Smoker from Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue gearing up for the day
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Taking pictures with Tootsie of Snow’s was popular, even for other pitmasters
Taking pictures with Tootsie of Snow’s was popular, even for other pitmasters
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Brisket from Tejas Chocolate Craftory
Brisket from Tejas Chocolate Craftory
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Brisket was not the only offering at the festival, with sausage, ribs, and pastrami making appearances
Brisket was not the only offering at the festival, with sausage, ribs, and pastrami making appearances
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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ made barbecue tacos naturally
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ made barbecue tacos naturally
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Aaron Franklin at work
Aaron Franklin at work
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This year’s festival was reportedly the largest yet
This year’s festival was reportedly the largest yet
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

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