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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest: Road Trip Edition

Texas Monthly hit the open road from October 9-17, 2021—60+ barbecue joints, ten days, and three pit stop events.

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Right before release of Texas Monthly’s latest edition of the Top 50 barbecue joints lists, we took our beloved annual barbecue festival on the road. Texas Monthly BBQ Fest: Road Trip Edition benefitting Feeding Texas and the network of food banks. The road trip featured three Pit Stop events with a total of 800 guests from the Rio Grande Valley to the Panhandle, while celebrating barbecue joints in every corner of the state with Texas Monthly BBQ Week, which featured special prices and menu items at more than 60 joints statewide.

For the duration of the festivities, Texas Monthly has been committed to helping end hunger in Texas by supporting Feeding Texas and the network of food banks. As we traveled around Texas celebrating barbecue, we wanted to 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 31, 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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Watch the video below for a little taste of the fun! With support from our sponsor Coca-Cola, we invited Chet Garner (also known as The Day Tripper) to come along for the ride in search of the biggest BBQ fans in the state. Check it out!

Scenes from the Road

Barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn welcomes the crowd at Evie Mae’s.

Guests enjoyed live fire cooking session with a tomahawk steak.

BBQ fans came together in Tyler. Other pit stops were in Lubbock and Brownsville.


For more photos from the event, check out Texas Monthly’s flickr account.


October 9-17, 2021

The ultimate barbecue restaurant week featured exciting dishes, from Gochujamg Short Rib Garlic Noodle Dish to a barbecue Frozen TV Dinner, and so much more! 60+ participating barbecue joints offered special menu items and/or pricing for a limited time. Below are a few highlights.


Highlights from BBQ Week

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

Pit Stop Events

October 10 • October 13 • October 17

While TM BBQ Week was taking place across the state, about 800 guests experienced TM BBQ Fest in their 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! 

For more photos from the event, check out Texas Monthly’s flickr account.


Sunday, October 10

Pit Stop @ Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ

Hosted at Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ in Tyler, this family-friendly affair featureed 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)


Wednesday, October 13

Pit Stop @ Evie Mae's Pit Barbeque

This event gave 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. Guests enjoyed a seated dinner with 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) 


Sunday, October 17

Pit Stop @ Brownsville Market Square

Hosted at the historic downtown Market Square, this family-friendly affair featured 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) 


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