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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest: Road Trip Edition

Hit the open road with Texas Monthly and Daniel Vaughn from October 9-17, 2021—60+ barbecue joints, ten days, and three pit stop events. Let's ride.

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As we get ready for the release of Texas Monthly’s latest edition of the Top 50 barbecue joints lists, we’re taking our beloved annual barbecue festival on the road. Texas Monthly BBQ Fest: Road Trip Edition will feature a series of three Pit Stop events from the Rio Grande Valley to the Panhandle, while celebrating barbecue joints in every corner of the state with Texas Monthly BBQ Week, which features special prices and menu items at more than 60 joints statewide.

Tickets for the Pit Stop events are on sale now! Limited availability. Click over to our Eventbrite and select the Pit Stop event(s) you want to attend. Read our updated health policy here!

For the duration of the festivities, Texas Monthly has committed to helping end hunger in Texas by supporting Feeding Texas and the network of food banks. As we road trip around Texas celebrating barbecue, let’s lend support to our neighbors in need. 2021 BBQ Fest sponsor, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, will generously match donation proceeds up to $20,000 until October 21, 2021. Every donation to Feeding Texas helps ensure that 6 million food insecure Texans have access to the healthy food they need.

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See you on the road!

Taste the best barbecue bites during TM BBQ Week.

Hang out with barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn at the Pit Stop events.

Only TM BBQ Club members—aka BBQ FREAKS—get early bird ticket access!

Each Pit Stop event features four regional pitmasters.

Don’t miss out on special menu items during TM BBQ Week.

Music from Shinyribs featured at the Pit Stop @ Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ.

TM BBQ Week

October 9-17, 2021

Experience the ultimate barbecue restaurant week! 60+ participating barbecue joints will offer special menu items and/or pricing for a limited time.

No tickets needed. Just bring your appetite and your ride, and hit the open road!

Like the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on Facebook for the latest updates and information on participating restaurants.

2021 BBQ Week Menu Specials

*Make sure to check each restaurant’s hours.

BBQ Joint City BBQ Week Menu Special
1775 Texas Pit BBQ College Station From October 9-17, try their Pastrami made with brisket from Goodstock by Nolan Ryan.
2M Smokehouse San Antonio From October 9-17, try their Pollos Asados.
4-T’s BAR-BQ Forney From October 9-17, try their Eleven Dollar Lunch Special, which includes a chopped brisket sandwich, bag of chips, and a drink.
Baker Boys BBQ Gonzales From October 9-17, try their Pork Steak or BBQ Meat Loaf.
BBQ on the Brazos Cresson From October 9-17, try their Brisket Torta—with homemade talera bread, refried black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, purple onions, peppercorn crema, sliced brisket, avocado, and Oaxaca cheese—or the Gobble Gobble, a smoked turkey sandwich, mozzarella cheese, chipotle mayonnaise, french fried onions served on jalapeno cheese sourdough bread.
Black Board Bar-B-Q Sisterdale From October 9-17, try their Texas-raised Smoked American Waygu Burger. The half pound burger is ground in house and features a smokey remolade, pickles, twice cheese, red onion jam and blistered shishito on grilled brioche.
Blood Bros. BBQ Bellaire From October 13-17, try the Gochujamg Short Rib Garlic Noodle Dish. For one day only, Pastrami Beef Rib will be available on October 16.
Bodacious Bar-B-Q Longview From October 9-17, try their Brisket Burnt End Smoked Chili.
Brett’s Backyard Bar-B-Que Rockdale From October 9-17, try their Sliced Beef Sandwich with brisket from Goodstock by Nolan Ryan.
Brick Vault Brewery & Barbecue Marathon From October 9-17, try their Queso Flameado Sausage Brisket Torta.
Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue Pflugerville From October 9-17, try their Texas Italian Beef & Housemade Sausage.
Butter’s BBQ Mathis From October 9-17, try their Brisket Chili Cheese Sausage Dog.
Cattleack Barbeque Dallas From October 9-17, try their Jerk Leg or Whole Hog Tamales with a side of Frito Hash.
Charlie’s Bar-B-Que Beaumont From October 9-17, try their Smoked Oxtails or go all-in with the Loaded Baked Potato with Chopped Oxtails.
Convenience West Marfa From October 9-17, try their Tex-Mex Boudin or special Spare Ribs. Polish it all off with Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies.
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Llano From October 9-17, try their Brisket Pork Chop Sausage.
CorkScrew BBQ Spring From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque Wolfforth From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Fargo’s Pit BBQ Bryan From October 9-17, try their Rib Tip Spaghetti.
Feges BBQ Houston From October 9-17, try their Fried Boudin Poboy or the Korean Bacon Sausage Dog.
Franklin Barbecue Austin From October 9-17, try their Frozen TV Dinner, featuring Philly Cheesesteak sausage appetizer, Smoked Prime Rib with Brisket Jus, Burnt End Twice Based Potato Casserole, veggies, and dessert.
Guess Family Barbecue Waco From October 9-17, try their Smoked & Grilled Pork Chop with mustard barbecue sauce.
Harlem Road Texas BBQ Richmond From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Harris Bar-B-Que Cedar Hill From October 9-17, try their Chopped Beef Sandwich on Texas Toast for $9 plus tax. Add two sides for $14.50 plus tax.
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que San Marcos From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Heavy’s Outdoor Bar-B-Que Hondo From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Heim Barbecue Fort Worth From October 9-17, try their housemade beer-battered Smoked Sausage Corn Dog basket with fries. Pick from Texas-style, jalepeño cheddar, or paperback sausage.
Helberg Barbecue Woodway From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Hutchins BBQ Mckinney From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
la Barbecue Austin From October 9-17, try the Sloppy Ho, featuring homemade chili and chopped brisket on a Martin’s potato bun.
Killen’s Barbecue Pearland From October 9-17, try the Beef Rib Plate!
LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue Austin From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
LJ’s BBQ Brenham From October 9-17, try their Brisket Enchiladas, Brisket Boudin Stuffed Pork Chops, or a Brisket Burger.
Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas From October 9-17, try their Garlic & Herb Prime Rib or spice it up with the Mango Habanero Baby Back Ribs.
Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar Austin From October 9-17, try their Post Oak Smoked Beef Rib with Massaman Curry, roasted peanuts, and coconut salad.
Louie Mueller Barbecue Taylor From October 9-17, try their Beef Rib Mac & Cheese.
Micklethwait Craft Meats Austin From October 9-17, try their Smoked Lamb Shank Confit, featuring herb gremolata, butternut gratin, tallow roasted focaccia, and arugula salad.
Miller’s Smokehouse Belton From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Panther City BBQ Fort Worth From October 9-17, try their Brisket Elotes for $10, or Flacos Tacos for 4/$10.
Pecan Lodge Dallas From October 9-10, try their Burnt Ends and Fried Rib. From October 11-17, order up their Brisket Tacos.
Pinkerton’s Barbecue Houston From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Pitforks and Smokerings BBQ Slaton From October 9-17, try their Smoked Barbacoa Tacos or Meatloaf.
PODY’S BBQ Pecos From October 9-17, try their Fire-Roasted Hatch Chile Hominy & Mesquite Smoke Reverse Tablitas Flanken Short Ribs.
Pustka Family Barbeque Hutto From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Rejino Barbeque Olton From October 9-17, try their Smoked Buffalo Chicken Sandwich or the Chile Rejino Sausage Taco.
Reveille Barbecue Co. Magnolia From October 9-17, try their Brisket Enchiladas.
Riverport BBQ Jefferson From October 9-17, try their Brisket Bacon Cheese Melt Sandwich.
Roegels Barbecue Co. Houston From October 9-17, try their House Made Sausage.
Smoke Sessions Barbecue Royse City From October 9-17, try their Brisket Jalapeño Popper Egg Rolls.
Smokin’ Moon BBQ & Beer Garden Pharr From October 9-17, try their Moon Candy.
Smolik’s Smokehouse Mathis From October 9-17, try their BBQ Pork Flats (Sliced like brisket! Tastes like bacon!) or the Smoked Tri-Tip & Cheese Sandwich.
Snow’s BBQ Lexington From October 9-17, try their Pork Shoulder Steak.
Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue Tyler From October 9-17, try their Ruben Sandwich featuring brisket from Goodstock by Nolan Ryan.
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew Austin From October 9-17, try their Texas Trinity Plate! At $22.95, this plate has it all—brisket, pork ribs, and your choice of housemade sausage (Mild, Switch Spicy, or Jalepeno Cheddar) with choice of 2 sides and fountain drink or iced tea.
Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue Tomball From October 9-17, try their Tejas Trinity Plate! This plate has it all—brisket, 2 pork ribs, chile relleno sausage with two (2) sides. For dessert, top it off with a Chocolate Vaughn Baughn, featuring dark chocolate and a bourbon caramel center with a crunchy surprise!
Terry Black’s Barbecue Austin From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
The Pit Room Houston From October 9-17, try their Smoked Ribeye Sandwich on an onion roll with cheddar cheese sauce, fried onions, and barbecue sauce.
The Smoking Oak Mercedes From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
The Switch Dripping Springs From October 9-17, try their Texas Trinity Plate! At $22.95, this plate has it allbrisket, pork ribs, and your choice of housemade sausage (Mild, Switch Spicy, or Jalepeno Cheddar) with choice of 2 sides and fountain drink or iced tea.
Truth Barbeque Brenham From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!
Tyler’s Barbeque Amarillo From October 9-17, try their plate with Brisket, Ribs, Housemade Hotlink, and two (2) sides.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ Austin From October 9-17, try their dish La Reina: Mesquite smoked honey BBQ glazed pork ribeye on a toasted bolio, topped with a carmelized onion spread and roasted tomatoes. Inspired by Miguel’s family trip to Barcelona.
Vera’s Backyard Barbeque Brownsville From October 9-17, try special menu items. Updates coming soon!

Pit Stop Events

October 10 • October 13 • October 17

While TM BBQ Week is taking place across the state, experience TM BBQ Fest in your own neck of the woods at three Pit Stop events, serving the best of barbecue in East Texas, the Panhandle, and the Rio Grande Valley! Tickets for the Pit Stop events are on sale now! Limited availability. Click over to our Eventbrite and select the Pit Stop event(s) you want to attend.

 

Sunday, October 10

Pit Stop @ Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ

Join us in Tyler, Texas for an afternoon of ‘cue, drinks, and good times. This family-friendly affair will feature live music from Shinyribs with eats from:

  • Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (Pitmaster: Nick Pencis)
  • Joseph’s Riverport BBQ (Pitmaster: Stephen Joseph)
  • Sunbird BBQ (Pitmaster: Bryan Bingham)
  • Holy Smoke BBQ (Pitmaster: Jerry Greathouse)

Tickets are $65 and includes food. Cash bar. Tickets for kids 6-10 are $25. Kids under 6 are free. 

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12-4pm

Wednesday, October 13

Pit Stop @ Evie Mae's Pit Barbeque

Calling all hardcore ‘cue fans! Get an insider’s look at live fire cooking and meat science, with a behind-the-scenes tour from folks at Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque near Lubbock, Texas. Enjoy a seated dinner with a lively ‘Cue & A’ panel between barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn and four West Texas pitmasters:

  • Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque (Pitmaster: Arnis Robbins)
  • Tyler’s BBQ (Pitmaster: Tyler Frazer/Kali Wallace)
  • Reijino BBQ (Pitmaster: Aaron Reijino)
  • Pitforks & Smokerings (Pitmaster: Issac Arellano) 

Tickets are $150 and includes a sit down dinner. Ages 21+ only.

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6-9pm

Sunday, October 17

Pit Stop @ Brownsville Market Square

Join us in Brownsville, Texas for an afternoon of ‘cue, drinks, and good times. This family-friendly affair will feature live music from Veronique Medrano and El Dusty, and eats from:

  • The Smoking Oak (Pitmaster: Mario Dominguez Jr.)
  • Teddy’s BBQ (Pitmaster: Joel & Jesse Garcia)
  • Smoking Moon (Pitmaster: Joseph Salinas)
  • Vera’s Backyard BBQ (Pitmaster: Armando Vera) 

Tickets are $65 and includes food. Cash bar. Tickets for kids 6-10 are $25. Kids under 6 are free. 

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12-4pm

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Health Policy

For the Pit Stop events, Texas Monthly will be adhering to local guidelines and CDC recommendations. See below for details on each specific event location.

Pit Stop Event @ Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ in Tyler

Upon entry to the event, all guests must provide printed proof of a negative COVID test obtained within 72 hours (3 days) of the event.  Proof of full vaccination may be shown in lieu of a negative test.

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot or a single Johnson & Johnson shot. Your proof of vaccination is optional and is not a requirement for entry to the event.

We ask that you not attend the event if any of the following apply to you:

  • Within 14 days before attending the event you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the event, you have experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the event, you have travelled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Texas Monthly will provide a refund to any ticket holder who does not wish to adhere to this health policy. We will honor refunds until October 1st, 2021, after which point no refunds will be made. Contact [email protected]

Pit Stop @ Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque in Lubbock

Health and Safety of the event are paramount to us and we ask that you not attend the event if any of the following apply to you:

  • Within 14 days prior to attending the event you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the event, you have experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the event, you have travelled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Texas Monthly will provide a refund to any ticket holder who does not wish to adhere to this health policy. We will honor refunds until October 1st, 2021, after which point no refunds will be made. Contact [email protected]

Pit Stop @ Brownsville Market Square in Brownsville

Upon entry to the event, all guests must provide printed proof of a negative COVID test obtained within 72 hours (3 days) of the event.  Proof of full vaccination may be shown in lieu of a negative test.

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot or a single Johnson & Johnson shot. Your proof of vaccination is optional and is not a requirement for entry to the event.

We ask that you not attend the event if any of the following apply to you:

  • Within 14 days before attending the event you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the event, you have experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the event, you have travelled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Texas Monthly will provide a refund to any ticket holder who does not wish to adhere to this health policy. We will honor refunds until October 1st, 2021, after which point no refunds will be made. Contact [email protected]

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