BBQ Throwdown will decide if Austin or Houston has better barbecue

First, it was a San Antonio-Austin taco war. And, I could see why San Antonio would be mad about Austin trying to claim taco superiority. But now it gets interesting.

Our cousin to the southeast wants to try and take us down on the cuisine most closely associated with Central Texas. The Hou-ATX BBQ Throwdown on December 3 at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company will pit some of the best pitmasters from Houston versus some of the best from Austin.

Micklethwait Craft Meats amps up its Frito pie with a slice of brisket.
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Houston will be repped by Beaver’s, The Brisket House, El Burro & the Bull, The Pit Room, Tin Roof BBQ, 2016 Throwdown winner Killen’s BBQ, Ellis Brothers BBQ, and Gatlin’s BBQ.

Austin-area joints include: Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue, LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. It will be the first time any of these restaurants have served their smoked meats in Houston, according to organizers, though I did see Evan LeRoy wandering around Houston during the Super Bowl, so who knows if that claim holds water.

The participants will be subjected to a panel of blind judges that includes Will Buckman of CorkScrew BBQ, Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook, barbecue photographer Robert J. Lerma, Texas Monthly magazine food editor Patricia Sharpe, and pitmaster Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue. But not a certain restaurant critic from Austin, curiously enough. There will also be a “People’s Choice” award handed out for favorite dish.

Tickets, which include samplings from all vendors, cost $80 for the event that takes place. Buy em online cause they ain’t sold at the door.

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