Don’t expect to see any awards or honors given out at this event, though. That’s not what it’s about. “This is a celebration,” Reid says. “It’s not a cook-off. Houston has a lot of cook-offs. The rodeo is the biggest example. If you’re in this circuit, there are cook-offs every weekend. But it’s not a competition. It’s truly a celebration to let these mom-and-pop joints be rock stars for a day.” General admission tickets are $50 and include entry and unlimited sample portions from each participating barbecue joint. VIP tickets are $90 and include entry into the festival at noon (an hour early!), unlimited sample portions from each barbecue joint, a T-shirt and one drink ticket. Beer and wine will be sold separately.
1 p.m. Reliant Center, 8400 Kirby. For information, call 832-454-6106 or visit houbbq.com. $50 to $90.
Sun., April 6, 1 p.m., 2014