Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Event Announcement: 4th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

As usual, I'm so happy to share this year's press release announcing the date & other info. for the 4th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival!

February 2nd, 2016

Media Contact:
Chris Reid
Michael Fulmer
Photos for media use


WHAT: The 4th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival will 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.
WHEN: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm. VIP Admission at 12pm.

WHERE: NRG Park, Green Lot. Parking entrance on Lantern Point Drive.

COST: General Admission ($60) includes entry into the festival and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint. VIP Admission ($120) includes entry into the festival one hour early (at noon) and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint. A T-shirt and one (1) drink ticket are also included in VIP admission. To ensure a quality event for everyone involved, ticket sales are limited.

Additionally, early bird discount tickets of $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP will be available to the first several hundred ticket buyers.

All tickets sold in advance, online at

No ticket sales at the door. Tickets for the three previous festivals sold out before the day of the event.

Beer and wine will be served for an additional cost. Beer stations will be increased this year to ensure quickly moving lines.

About the Houston Barbecue Festival
Now in its fourth year, the Houston Barbecue Festival will continue to showcase the best that Houston barbecue has to offer to a growing and diverse audience of barbecue lovers.

"Houston continues to be the hottest barbecue market in Texas,' says J.C. (Chris) Reid, festival co-founder and Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist."We expect to see a lot of Houston-inspired dishes this year along with the Texas trinity of brisket, ribs and sausage."

This year's festival will feature most, if not all, of last year's list of the who's who of Houston's best barbecue. Currently confirmed are: Blake’s BBQ, Blood Bros. BBQ, The Brisket House, Brooks’ Place BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, El Burro & the Bull, Fainmous BBQ, Feges BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Gerardo’s, Lenox Bar-B-Que, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Pinkerton's BBQ, Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue, Ray’s BBQ Shack, Roegels Barbecue Co., Spring Creek Barbeque, Tin Roof BBQ, and The Wooden Spoke.

A new participant this year is BBQ Godfather which has developed a loyal following in Spring and The Woodlands. Additional participants will be announced at a later time. A record number of 24 barbecue joints are expected to participate.

Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor and Bryan Bracewell of Southside Market in Elgin will be making guest appearances and serving barbecue.

In addition to more barbecue and beer, the festival will also expand its musical offerings. This year's event will be headlined by southeast Texas native Jesse Dayton. Dayton has built a cult following around the globe playing festivals in North America and Europe with his guitar-shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. More info

This year's premier sponsors represent two of Houston's most recognizable brands. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is Texas' oldest craft brewery and a long-time supporter of Houston barbecue. Pitt's & Spitt's has been building consumer and custom barbecue pits for Houstonians and international customers alike since 1983.

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.