Killen's Barbecue is just one of the local heroes set to compete at the Houston versus Austin BBQ Throwdown.
Killen's Barbecue is just one of the local heroes set to compete at the Houston versus Austin BBQ Throwdown.
Photo by Mai Pham

Houston's Best Weekend Food Bets: Kolache, BBQ and Tamales

Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

King's x Killen's Kolache Pop-Up at King’s Biergarten

Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
1329 East Broadway

King’s Biergarten and Killen’s Barbecue are teaming up for an epic kolache pop-up. Show up early if you want first dibs of flavors like Killen's brisket ($5.50) and Killen's pulled pork ($4). Other items on the menu include three-cheese with smoked Polish sausage, fresh jalapeño spicy kielbasa, reubens served with homemade thousand island, and apple strudel. 

Feges BBQ Pop-Up at Holler Brewing Co.
Saturday, noon to sold out
2206 Edwards

In anticipation of the upcoming Feges BBQ in Greenway Plaza, pitmaster Patrick Feges will be firing up his mobile smoker at Holler Brewing Co. The special menu will feature holiday turkey meatballs and gravy, gochujang pork ribs with cucumber salad, and Dr Pepper-glazed brisket burnt ends with pimento grits and chicharrones.

Tamale Festival Houston at Navigation Esplanade
Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
2800 Navigation

Head to EaDo's Navigation Esplanade to kick off the holiday season with a fun-filled tamale festival, featuring plenty of festival bites, beverages and Tex-Mex fare, plus a tamale eating contest and live music throughout the event. Tickets are $10 pre-sale ($20 day of), with VIP tickets available for $85. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. 

Saint Arnold at Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant
Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.
801 Studewood

Give yourself the gift of beer, wine and cheese with the Saint Arnold at Sonoma tasting event. Guests will sip Christmas Ale, Bishops 12 (Christmas Ale aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels), Bishops 19 (Christmas Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels), Raspberry AF (Beer made with raspberries), Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, all alongside cheese pairings from the Houston Dairymaids. Tickets are $25 and include the lineup of four beers, two wines and assorted cheeses.

Houston versus Austin BBQ Throwdown at Saint Arnold Brewery
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
2000 Lyons

Some of Texas’ finest pitmasters will compete in a Houston versus Austin BBQ Throwdown, including Houston’s own Beaver’s, The Brisket House, El Burro & the Bull, Ellis Brothers BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Killen’s Barbecue, The Pit Room and Tin Roof BBQ. The Austin lineup includes Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue, LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. Each individual participant will present his vision of the perfect Texas barbecue dish. Tickets (limited) are $80 and include Saint Arnold beer and samples of each barbecue joint’s competition dish. VIP tickets are $130 and also include access to the private Saint Arnold Investor’s Pub for viewing of the judge’s panel.

SING pop-up at Wooster's Garden
3315 Milam
Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.

SING is a fresh-casual concept inspired by Singapore offering Asian flavors from Chef Cuc Lam in this pop-up event. The menu includes $12 Dan Dan Noodle Bowl, $8 grilled lemongrass pepper riblets, $9 trio of Satay , $4 shrimp chips and $5 Che Thai. All items are gluten free.

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