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Houston's Biggest Curated Barbecue Extravaganza Returns

Festival highlighting the city's best smoked meats is back for a third round.

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The Houston Barbecue Festival is back for a third year and showcasing the best 'cue the city has to offer, shitty weather be damned. Organizers Michael Fulmer and Houston Chronicle's barbecue columnist J.C. Reid have gathered well-known and up-and-coming pitmasters for smoked meat frenzy-filled afternoon. 

The roster of participants include Gatlin's BBQ, Killen's Barbecue, Ray's BBQ Shack, Roegels Barbecue Co. and a host of local brick and mortar barbecue restaurants. Suburban food truck Corkscrew BBQ and pop-up barbecue troupes Blood Bros. BBQ and Feges BBQ will bring the heat as well. Joining the festivities for another year, Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor. Nearly all Texas regional style of barbecue will be featured, from East Texas, Central and South Texas-style. Fans of the Carolina-style offerings from East End's Oak Leaf Smokehouse and convenience store/meat market Gerardo's Drive-In's Mexican-style barbacoa. 

The festival takes place at NRG Park (green lot), Sunday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, which are currently on sale and will sell out quickly, are $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP. While a general admission ticket includes unlimited samples, VIP grants you entrance into the festival at noon and a drink ticket. Want a souvenir?  A commemorative T-shirt is included in the $100 ticket package.