Prepare yourself for a serious case of the meat sweats. Scratch that -- two cases. Barbecue festivals Smoked Dallas and Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship return to Dallas this fall. Here are the juicy details.
Head to Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas on Sept. 24 to sample meats from 15 Texan smokehouses, including revered joints Black's BBQ, Heim Barbecue, Pecan Lodge and Hutchins BBQ. The event, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m., offers patrons free bites until 5 p.m. Food will be available for purchase thereafter until 10 p.m. or while supplies last. If that sounds like a lot of meat, don't worry -- Dallas' Cafe Momentum will be onsite serving vegetables and sides, while Haute Sweets Patisserie will handle all your dessert needs.
Smoked also includes a full day of Texas music, headlined like alt-rock band The Toadies. Chef Dean Fearing's band, the Lost Coyote, will also perform.
Tickets to Smoked Dallas are available in three tiers: concert only, which includes entry at 5 p.m. ($28), barbecue tasting plus concert ($48), and VIP, which includes early entry at 1:30 p.m., two drink vouchers, and access to an exclusive area with bathrooms and stage viewing ($90). Get them via Prekindle.
Smoked Dallas takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 2:30 to 10 p.m. at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. More deets.
Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship
The words "kosher" and "barbecue" may sound incompatible, but this second annual event will prove they work together quite well. The Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship, hosted by the Men's Club of the Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson, puts teams head to head to see who can barbecue the best meats -- sans pork.
Jewish people who keep kosher don't eat pork because of religious consumption restrictions in the Bible. Instead, the event will serve a mix of chicken, turkey, beef brisket and beef ribs. And because the dietary laws are rather strict, the synagogue will provide the meat as well as grills, smokers, utensils, condiments and spices to competitors. But that's doesn't mean the competition is limited to Jewish attendees or participants. It's open to everyone -- teams register at dallaskosherbbq.com for $425, which includes all ingredients. Proceeds benefit the Congregation Beth Torah and Community Homes for Adults, Inc., which operates group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities.
The Kansas City Barbecue Society will judge eats and award prizes in private, while a panel of celebrity judges, including radio personality Jody Dean and restaurateur Richard Chamberlain, will do so in front of the crowd the day of the event. Admission is free and there will be kids activities available.
Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship takes place Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sunnyland Furniture, 7879 Spring Valley Rd., Dallas. More deets.