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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Benefiting Feeding Texas

TM BBQ Fest makes the move to Lockhart on November 5-6, 2022! Summertime Pit Stop events bring a taste of the festival to Houston and Fort Worth.

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Texas Monthly is excited to bring TM BBQ Fest to the city of Lockhart, the BBQ Capital of Texas! On November 5-6, the historical downtown and Lockhart City Park will create the backdrop for an expanded weekend festival, designed to celebrate many aspects of Texas barbecue. 

TICKETS ON SALE!  Tickets are limited. See the graphic below for details, prices, and schedule.

Leading up to the festival in Lockhart, Texas Monthly will launch smaller Pit Stop events and TM BBQ Week, a statewide restaurant week celebrating barbecue. Find more details below, and follow the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Facebook page for real-time updates.

And finally, after two years of partnership, Texas Monthly is pleased to announce that Feeding Texas is now the official beneficiary of BBQ Fest. We’re proud to join the unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. Ticket sales will support donations to Feeding Texas and the network of food banks across the state, and additional contributions can be made on the Feeding Texas website.

Poster art for TM BBQ Fest this year was designed by Taylor Rushing. 

Lockhart

November 5-6, 2022

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is expanding to two days—Saturday, November 5 is the *new* BBQ World’s Fair in downtown Lockhart. Sunday, November 6 is the annual Top 50 Picnic in Lockhart City Park. Find more details below. 

Tickets on sale now. Tickets are limited. See the graphic above for details, prices, and schedule.

Find more details below, and follow the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Facebook page for real-time updates.

 

Saturday, November 5

BBQ World’s Fair

In the streets of downtown Lockhart, this event celebrates the big, wide world of BBQ—featuring food, drinks, live music, BBQ talks, and a marketplace. Featured joints will showcase international and creative flavors, plus a lineup of curated taquerias. Market vendors will include metalworks, crafts, sauces, rubs, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Bring cash/card for food, drink, market purchases. VIP wristbands for barbecue joints can be purchased in advance. 

  • VIP WRISTBAND: For $50, guests can buy a VIP wristband to get exclusive access to tastings from the featured joints between 12-2pm. Quantity is limited and is expected to sell out. On sale now for TM BBQ Club members only. Join today!
  • FEEDING TEXAS: A $3 donation is added to each ticket. If you’d like to increase your support, please visit the Feeding Texas website.
  • VENDORS: Applications for marketplace vendors are open now. Apply here. Deadline is July 31.
  • UPDATES: Follow this event on Facebook for real-time updates, including line up of food, music, and more.

12-7 p.m.

Sunday, November 6

Top 50 Picnic

At Lockhart City Park, this is the event that everyone knows and loves—a Sunday afternoon with live music, beverages, and 30+ barbecue joints featured on Texas Monthly’s most recent list of Top 50 BBQ Joints. New to the event will be BBQ Capital Corner, featuring some hometown favorites from Lockhart.

  • GENERAL ADMISSION: GA tickets start at $90 and include food at all the featured joints. Tickets on sale now for TM BBQ Club members only. Join today! See above chart for price schedule.
  • VIP ADMISSION: VIP tickets start at $120 and include food at all the featured joints, plus an extra hour of VIP access, meaning fewer lines! VIP tickets also include 2 complimentary drink tickets. Quantity is limited and is expected to sell out. Tickets on sale now for TM BBQ Club members only. Join today! See above chart for price schedule.
  • FEEDING TEXAS: A $3 donation is added to each ticket. If you’d like to increase your support, please visit the Feeding Texas website.
  • UPDATES: Follow this event on Facebook for real-time updates, including line up of food, music, and more.

12-4 p.m.

Pit Stop Events

June 16, 2022 • August 18, 2022

Get ready for a summer of smoke! Leading up to the festival in Lockhart, Texas Monthly is launching summertime Pit Stop events to bring a taste of BBQ Fest to more corners of Texas. Find more details below, and follow the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Facebook page for real-time updates.

 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Pit Stop @ Houston

Hosted at Truth BBQ in Houston, multiple barbecue joints collaborated on a hearty family-style dinner alongside TM barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. Before the meal, guests enjoyed a whole hog cooking demo. Featured barbecue joints include:

TICKETS: Sold out!

FEEDING TEXAS: A $3 donation is added to each ticket. If you’d like to increase your support, please visit the Feeding Texas website.

UPDATES: Follow this event on Facebook for real-time updates

6-9 p.m.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Pit Stop @ Fort Worth

Hosted at Heim Barbecue (River Location), west of Fort Worth, four barbecue joints will collaborate on a seated family-style dinner, where each course tells a story connected to the pitmaster who created it. Before the meal, guests can enjoy a live cooking demo. Featured joints will be announced soon!

  • TICKETS: Tickets are $150 and include a full dinner and refreshments. Ages 21+ only. Quantity is limited and is expected to sell out. On sale now!
  • FEEDING TEXAS: A $3 donation is added to each ticket. If you’d like to increase your support, please visit the Feeding Texas website.
  • UPDATES: Follow this event on Facebook for real-time updates.

6-9 p.m.

TM BBQ Week

October 29–November 6, 2022

Mark your calendars for another round of TM BBQ Week, a statewide restaurant week celebrating barbecue. From October 29-November 6, participating joints across the state will offer special prices and menu items, and Texas Monthly will round-up all the details in one place. Follow the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Facebook page for real-time updates.

Highlights from last year!

Smoked Sausage Corn Dog from Heim Barbecue

Post Oak Smoked Beef Rib with Massaman Curry from Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

Garlic & Herb Prime Rib from Lockhart Smokehouse

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