Smoked Dallas Barbecue Festival Set for October

Downtown Dallas Inc, and SONAR Management have teamed up to produce Smoked Dallas at Main St. Gardens on October 4, 2014. The event is a “deliciously curated music and BBQ festival.” The organizers  have “booked a roster of artists, pitmasters, and chefs to serve heapin’ helpings of ear candy and good grub.”

Smoked’s edible offerings will be prepared by 15 traditional pitmasters and celebrated chefs doing their take on barbeque. Among the participating BBQ joints are Black’s Barbecue (Lockhart, TX), Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth, TX), Hutchins BBQ (McKinney, TX), Schmidt Family Barbecue (Bee Cave, TX), and Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q (Tyler, TX). If that list reads like a who’s who among Texas barbeque joints, it’s because it is – the above mentioned pitmasters are all ranked among Texas Monthly’s “The 50 Best Barbecue Joints in Texas.” (For those of you still reading, Texas Monthly is a magazine with a real live barbecue editor.)

Kent Rathbun is one of the “celebrity gourmets.” So far, the music lineup includes “singer-songwriter Bob Schneider and blues/funk/soul band Black Joe Lewis. Rounding out the lineup is Houston’s The Tontons and Lost Coyote, fronted by nationally acclaimed chef, Dean Fearing.” Yes, Dean Fearing from DALLAS. I have to ask: Where are the Dallas barbecue joints?

You can’t have a party without a charity partner.  Café Momentum gets the nod and students in Chad Houser’s program will prepare some sides for the occasion.

VIP tickets allow you a “one-hour jump on the BBQ tasting,” which starts at 1pm. General admission tickets enable fans to attend the tasting and concert from 2-5pm. After 5pm, tickets are for the concert only, with BBQ available to purchase separately.  Tickets will go on sale July 2 via PreKindle.com. Price? I haven’t a clue. More here.

Update: Looks like Lockhart Smokehouse has signed up. Spokeswoman Tami Thomsen says: “In regard to your tweet – prices range from  $22 – $75, and again not all joints have been announced. We will have more and possibly more from Dallas.”