Houston’s Biggest BBQ Festival Returns April 3

The 9th Annual Houston BBQ Festival returns to Houston on April 3 at the Humble Civic Center Arena Complex in Humble. Shown: beef ribs. Photo: Robert J. Lerma

After a two-year Covid hiatus, the Houston BBQ Festival returns this year to the Humble Civic Center Arena Complex on Sunday, April 3.

Houston’s largest barbecue festival resumes for its ninth Smoked Meat Conference featuring some of the area’s best barbecue restaurants representing different styles of Texas barbecue. The most recent festival was in 2019; the pandemic forced the postponement in 2020 and 2021.

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Classic Central Texas style barbecue will be represented by 1701 Barbecue in Beaumont; Brett’s barbecue shop in Katy; CorkScrew BBQ in the spring; Dozier’s BBQ in Fulshear; J-Bar-M Barbeque in Houston; Pinkerton’s BBQ in Houston; Roegels Barbecue Company in Houston and Katy; The Pit Room in Houston; Spring Creek Barbecue (multiple locations); The Brisket House in Houston; Barbecue on tin roof in Atascocita; and Truth BBQ in Houston.

Eastern and Southeast BBQ traditions will come from vendors at Houston Burns Original BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Lenox Bar-BQ, Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue and Ray’s BBQ Shack.

Asian-influenced barbecue will be represented by Blood Bros. BBQ and Khoi Barbecue from Houston, while Burro & Bull of Cypress and Tex Mex BBQ from JQ will represent Tex-Mex barbecue styles.

New-school barbecue styles will be represented by Daddy Duncan’s Katy’s BBQ; Houston BBQ Fetes; Richmond’s Harlem Road Texas BBQ; Killen’s Barbecue of Pearlland and the Woodlands; and Tejas Chocolate & BBQ at Tomball.

“This lineup represents both the wealth of talent and the diversity of influences that make Houston the most unique and exciting barbecue scene in the United States,” said JC Reid, co-founder of the festival.

Additional participants will be announced on houbbq.com, the website where tickets are now on sale. Pre-sale discounted general admission tickets, $50, are now available; Pre-sale $100 VIP tickets (entrance to the festival one hour earlier). Previous festivals have sold out before the day of the event. All tickets include unlimited sample portions of each barbecue joint; VIP entry includes a drink ticket, t-shirt and early entry.

The festival takes place from 1-4 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center Arena Complex, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Ruffino Meats and Pitts & Spitts are the festival partners.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook Where Twitter. Send him topical tips at [email protected] Listen to it on our BBQ Mindset Podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.





  • Greg Morago

    Greg Morago was editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty . He is a native of Arizona and a member of the Pima Tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.

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