I was so excited to attend Smoked BBQ Festival again this year. How could I go wrong with BBQ, live music and trailer park olympics? I’d be a fool not to attend.

Smoked Dallas
Main Street Garden Park, Downtown Dallas, TX

Culling down my favorite bites from the sixteen pitmasters and chefs was a tall order, but I conquered. I narrowed it down to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good – Louie Mueller Barbecue

When I say good I mean slap yo’ momma good. I have to be honest that when I was handed this hunk ‘o meat my first thought was, “Where’s the sauce?” Then I sunk my teeth into it and I knew why…this brisket was perfectly seasoned with a salt and pepper rub. PERFECTLY. That smoky, savory, juicy goodness all in one bite. I wanted an entire plate!

The Bad – Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

…Bad to the bone, that is! Reigning from Taylor, Texas, Stanley’s was hard to beat. The double-rubbed baby back rib was amazing. The meat was tender and fell off the bone drizzled in their famous bar-b-q sauce.

The Ugly – Hutchins BBQ

Don’t let the word “ugly” fool you. Ugly in this case refers to the look you will get from me if you ask me to share even one bite of Hutchins’ jalapeño sausage. This sausage should be outlawed it is so good. The spiciness is on point, without frying the taste buds.

Honorable Mentions:
The Restaurants of Neiman Marcus (Chef Kevin Garvin)
Roasted Veggies

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