The 3rd Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

The 3rd Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 from 1-5pm at NRG Park.

Thanks to all our guests, BBQ vendors, volunteers & sponsors for making 2015 a great festival! See you in 2016!

More information: please send an email to festival@houbbq.com.

Thank you for supporting Houston barbecue and we look forward to an even bigger and better festival this year!

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Partners and Sponsors

Want to spend the night?
The perfect antidote for a meat coma is a room at the Holiday Inn - NRG Park. Discount rates available!

For sponsorship information, please contact us at festival@houbbq.com or 832.454.6106.


The goal of the Houston Barbecue Festival is to celebrate and recognize what is unique about Houston barbecue. Specifically, we want to:

  • Recognize the talent, hard work, and dedication of the owners and pitmasters that make Houston barbecue great.
  • Make Houstonians true connoisseurs of barbecue by offering samples of great barbecue so they can choose to patronize those barbecue joints committed to only the highest quality of barbecue.
  • Celebrate the diversity and history of Houston barbecue by including the many styles of barbecue found here.

Blake's BBQ and Burgers
2916 Jeanetta St, Houston, TX 77063
Blood Bros. BBQ (new for 2015!)
Trailer/Various locations around Houston
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The Brisket House
5775 Woodway, Houston, TX 77057
3217 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536
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Brooks' Place BBQ
18020 FM 529 Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
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CorkScrew BBQ
24930 Budde Rd, The Woodlands, TX 77380
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Fainmous BBQ
10400 S. Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77035
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El Burro & the Bull
Trailer/Various locations around Houston
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Feges BBQ
Trailer/Various locations around Houston
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Gatlin's BBQ
1221 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
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Gerardo's
609 Patton St, Houston, TX 77009
Killen's Barbecue
3613 E. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581
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Lenox Bar-B-Que
5420 Harrisburg Dr, Houston, TX 77011
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Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W. Second St, Taylor, TX 76574
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Oak Leaf Smokehouse
1000 Telephone Road, Houston, Texas 77023
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Pappa Charlies Barbeque
Trailer/Various locations around Houston
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Pinkerton's BBQ
Trailer/Various locations around Houston
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Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue
1703 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
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Ray's BBQ Shack
4529 Old Spanish Trail, Ste C, Houston, Texas 77021
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Roegels Barbecue Co.
2223 S. Voss, Houston, Texas 77057
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Southside Market & Barbeque
Locations in Elgin and Bastrop
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Spring Creek Barbeque
Various Locations
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Tin Roof BBQ
18918 Town Center Blvd, Atascocita, TX 77346
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The Wooden Spoke
27405 FM 2978 Rd., Magnolia, Texas 77354
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A note from our charitable partner:
Vita-Living, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) social services charity that provides lifelong support programs for adults and children with disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism. We operate on the precept that every human being deserves an equal right to a decent life. Since our inception in 1982, we have provided a range of support programs that currently include:
  • Residential living through 17 group homes in Harris County which currently support over 70 adults.
  • Host companion care, which provides respite care, nursing, and transportation, to 30 adults in Harris and Fort Bend County.
  • Case management services to coordinate health-related supports, like attendant care and adaptive aids, to over 360 adults and children in seven counties.
A portion of all ticket sales and sponsorships will be contributed to the important mission of Vita-Living, Inc.
Vita-Living, Inc.

Is this a barbecue competition/cookoff?
No. The goal of the festival is to celebrate and recognize Houston barbecue and the people who make it. There will not be any kind of competition or rankings.

How did you pick the participating BBQ joints?
Based on the organizers' experience visiting 90+ barbecue joints in and around Houston, we believe that these invited BBQ joints represent the quality, diversity, and history that best tells the story of Houston barbecue.

What is a "sample portion?"
All of the participating BBQ joints will provide an approximately 2 ounce serving of their barbecue to each guest that comes to their booth. As an example, that's about a slice or half-slice of brisket and one rib.

Can I go back more than once to any or all participating BBQ joints?
Yes.

Will you have enough food for everyone? Will you run out?
We are working closely with the BBQ joints to make sure their is plenty of food for everyone. Taken as a whole, all of the food brought by all the BBQ joints should provide plenty of food for everyone. However it is possible that some very popular BBQ joints may individually run out before the end of the festival. We encourage you to arrive early, or purchase a VIP ticket, to ensure you get a taste of your favorite BBQ joint.

How do I know you are not going to oversell the event?
The organizers are well aware that there have been some festivals in Houston that have oversold the number of tickets, causing a poor experience for the festival goers and vendors alike. We are strictly limiting the number of tickets sold to correspond with the size of the venue and the number of BBQ vendors. With that in mind, we encourage you to purchase tickets as early as possible to avoid missing your chance due to a sell out.

Can I bring my children?
Yes. However, ONLY CHILDREN SIX AND UNDER WILL BE ADMITTED FREE. CHILDREN SEVEN AND OLDER MUST HAVE A PURCHASED TICKET. This is simply to ensure there is enough food for everyone.

Is the venue stroller-friendly?
Yes. All of it is paved and ramps are available at grade changes.

Can I bring my own beer/wine/drinks?
No. You must purchase all drinks at the festival.

Can I bring my dog?
No. Dogs are not allowed at the festival, with the exception of service dogs. (PS. We love dogs, we just can't have them at the festival).

Will there be somewhere to sit?
Yes. We will have plenty of covered and uncovered seating for all guests.

Can I bring my own folding/camping chair?
Yes. But it must be packed in a carrying bag when it is brought in.

More questions? Contact festival@houbbq.com.


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© 2015 Houston Barbecue Festival. Produced by Burnt Brisket LLC. Photos courtesy of Jim Gossen and Cindy Robertson.