7th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

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7th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

When and where

Date and time


Humble Civic Center Arena Complex 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy Humble, TX 77338

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds


Houston's best barbecue joints all in one place, for one price!

Your favorite barbecue joints will be back this year - Beaver's, Blood Bros. BBQ, Brett's Barbecue Shop, Buck's Barbeque Co., CorkScrew BBQ, Daddy Duncan's BBQ, Eaker Barbecue, El Burro & the Bull, Feges BBQ, Gatlin's BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Killen's Barbecue, Lenox Bar-B-Q, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Pinkerton's Barbecue, Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, Ray's BBQ Shack, Reveille Barbecue Co., Roegels Barbecue Co., Rusty Buckle BBQ Company, Southern Q BBQ, Southside Market & BBQ, Spring Creek Barbeque, Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue, The Brisket House, The Pit Room, Tin Roof BBQ, True Texas BBQ, and Victorian's Barbecue.

$60 General Admission. Includes entry into the festival and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint.

$120 VIP Admission. 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.

8.25% Texas sales tax is included in the price of all tickets.

Houston Barbecue Festival

To ensure a quality event for everyone involved, ticket sales are limited. All tickets will be sold in advance - no ticket sales at the door.

The event will take place at the Humble Civic Center Arena Complex.

Live music by Folk Family Revival.

The event will happen rain or shine. Contingency plans will be in place in case of inclement weather.

A bar with craft beers will be available. We have greatly increased the number of beer lines this year to minimize wait time.

Children are welcome, however ONLY CHILDREN SIX AND UNDER WILL BE ADMITTED FREE. ALL OTHER AGES MUST PURCHASE A TICKET (this is because we want to ensure there is enough barbecue for all guests).

Many thanks to this year's premier partners: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Ruffino Meats, and Pitt's & Spitt's barbecue pit makers.

Thank you again for your support and see you at the festival!

Houston Barbecue Festival


What is the refund policy?

THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS. Tickets are transferable.

Are group/corporate discount tickets available?
Yes, please contact festival@houbbq.com.

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 100+ 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?

Can I bring to-go containers and take food home? No, this is not possible. To ensure all guests have enough food at the festival, we require you to consume all food on-site. If at the end of the festival there are still vendors with food, you can request to take some home with you.

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.

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/wheelchair-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 but 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.

Houston Barbecue Festival

Houston Barbecue Festival

Houston Barbecue Festival

Festival photos credit: Robert J. Lerma.