You'll need fast fingers if you want to attend Texas Monthly's annual barbecue festival on Nov. 1 in Austin. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 and they're expected to go fast.
Why are we pointing you to a food fest that's more than three hours from Dallas? Because this is the biggest barbecue event in Texas all year.
Texas Monthly invites pitmasters who made its list of the 50 best barbecue joints. And then you get to sample food from dozens of barbecue joints without driving all over the Lone Star State.
It's a delicious event. You'll have meat sweats. You may vow never to eat so much in a single day ever again. Then you'll mark your calendars for next year.
Some of the notable Dallas-Fort Worth participants include Pecan Lodge, Hutchins BBQ and Lockhart Smokehouse. They're joined by other state bests, such as Franklin Barbecue from Austin; Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor; Snow's BBQ in Lexington; and The Original Black's Barbecue in Lockhart, among many others.
Tickets are $80 for general admission and $145 for VIP.
Protip: VIP is actually worth it because ticketholders get in an hour beforehand. You'll get the best cuts of meat, and you're nearly guaranteed to get food from even the longest of lines. With the general admission crowds that gather inside the Long Center for the Performing Arts, TMBBQ Fest is much easier to navigate in that VIP hour.
Tickets go on sale here Friday morning. Good luck.