The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Killen's BBQ, Sprouts Grand Opening, Iron Throne Beer, Ash Bash and Easter Brunch

Try Ronnie Killen's award-winning smoked short rib this weekend.
Try Ronnie Killen's award-winning smoked short rib this weekend.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Just because it's Easter Sunday doesn't mean you have to spend the weekend hunting eggs. There are plenty of non-Easter events coming up in the next two days.

Killen's BBQ Pop-Up 2804 South Main, Pearland Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Within a few months, Ronnie Killen will open up his highly-anticipated barbecue joint at 3613 East Broadway. Until then, get a taste of what's to come every Saturday and Sunday at Killen's Steakhouse, where he'll be serving up brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, sausage and more at lunch. Just get there early -- odds are that he'll sell out this first weekend.

In addition to the smoked meats -- which will include the Best Bites-winning smoked short rib -- Killen's will also have sides such as potato salad, pinto beans and pulled pork along with bread pudding, pecan pie and banana pudding for dessert. Since the popular steakhouse is closed at lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, the barbecue pop-up is a clever use of Killen's existing space while his new smokehouse is completed.

Sprouts Farmers Market 23105 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy Saturday and Sunday, all day

Check out the brand-new 25,000 square-foot Sprouts grocery store, which opened its first Houston location this past Wednesday. The Arizona-based store is designed to look like an indoor farmers market, selling inexpensive organic produce and other food. Its seafood is delivered up to six days a week and Sprouts sports more than 200 bins of bulk nuts, grains, spices and trail mixes. This Saturday will feature a Deli Delight special, in which random shoppers may get their deli order "on the house."

Game of Thrones beer at The Flying Saucer 705 Main Saturday and Sunday, all day

Winter is coming. Get your grog on and celebrate in style with Brewery Ommegang's limited-release Game of Thrones-inspired ale: Iron Throne Blonde Ale. It's on draft now at The Flying Saucer downtown, where it was tapped yesterday afternoon. Or pick some up in bottles at Spec's for your own GoT season premiere party at home.

Ash Bash at Cottonwood 3422 N. Shepherd Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.

Cottonwood is hosting the final event in a week-long series of events honoring Ash Rowell, the founder of Duff Beer Distribution, who was tragically killed at his home in February. The bar will feature special keg and cask tappings throughout the day along with live music from The George Mitchell Trio and Deep Cuts -- two of our favorite Houston bands -- and others. Drink up, because 20 percent of all draft beer sales will be donated to the Texas Children's Hospital in Rowell's name. We also hear that an ultra-mega-special keg of a big, brash brew will be on hand too...

Easter Sunday Brunch Sunday, all day

It's not too late to book your reservations for Easter brunch. Check out our handy round-up of the best brunch specials in town and get hopping.

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