Everyone knows that Texas does it big, and this festival is no different. From cool summer songs to tasty BBQ delights, the 3-day Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival is sure to please all your flavor senses.
1951 L Don Dodson Dr
Bedford, TX 76021
At Big Bob Gibson’s, a famous Birmingham-based BBQ restaurant, they baste their chickens in a unique mayonnaise-based sauce -- a local favorite.
1715 6th Ave SE
Decatur, AL 35601
Located just 30 miles from Austin, Black's Barbecue is the oldest family-owned BBQ joint in Texas -- and it's well worth the drive! Black's sells 8 different types of meat, cooks their brisket for 14 hours and their BBQ pit can hold up to 500 pounds.
215 N Main St
Lockhart, TX 78644
An institution in Alabama, Bob Sykes is not a chain, it’s just a good old-fashioned joint with a pig sign and a happy man running it. The BBQ pit is the first thing you see when you enter and Van Sykes will tell you all about it if you ask.
1724 9th Ave N
Bessemer, AL 35020
Opened after being inspired by the owner's own BBQ Crawl through the South, Boucherie is a Southern fine dining restaurant that fuses together traditional BBQ and international cuisine.
8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Located along the banks of Lake Ponca, at one of the most beautiful cook-off venues in the US, the Cherokee Strip Cook-off is celebrating its 28th year with fun, food and a weekend full of entertainment and competition.
Ponca City, OK
Located in Ponca City, Head Country is known as the sauce empire of Oklahoma. They churn out more than 6,000 gallons of BBQ sauce every day!
1217 E Prospect Ave
Ponca City, OK 74601
Hello My Name is BBQ is a hip, urban food truck that is anything but traditional -- they don’t even use a smoker! They braise their meat in beer, instead.
Located in a historical firehouse, Jet BBQ is a true drive-thru: drive in one door, order your goods and drive out the other. Danielle orders up The Dave -- a delicious sandwich filled with beans, brisket and sausage.
1100 East 3rd St North
Wichita, KS 67214
Located on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River, vendors from all over Louisiana set up shop with authentic local items, cuisine and music, while preparing for the State Championship BBQ Cook-off.
1401 Carter St
Vidalia, LA 71373
Owned by the rebellious grandson of Texas BBQ legend, Louie Mueller, John famously left the family business to break out on his own. His set-up is simple: a trailer, picnic benches and beef ribs and brisket so good people line up around the corner.
2500 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
Johnny Mitchell's serves up hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, smoked tofu and authentic barbecue slow-smoked over cherry and hickory wood…And they pair their BBQ with wine rather than beer.
100 Covered Bridge Rd
Euharlee, GA 30145
At Kreuz, sauce is not allowed. They believe their meat should stand on it's own ... and it sure does. They serve a healthy portion of pork spare ribs, beans, German potato salad, sauerkraut and their kickin' new jalapeno cheese sausage.
619 N Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644
Leo's is an old converted gas station that churns out smoked bologna, hot links and their famous Strawberry Banana Cake. This place has it all -- the charm, the service and the flavor.
3631 North Kelley Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Located in Texas, Longoria's BBQ is a staple of the Dallas/Ft. Worth barbecue community. The family-owned restaurant is famous for its beef jerky and brisket sausage.
100 Christopher Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76140
Jukeboxes, smoke-stained walls, barn-board floors … these are the bones of barbecue history. Louie Mueller BBQ is legendary, and the food keeps ‘em coming back after 50 years.
206 W. 2nd St
McClard’s BBQ is a family-owned joint -- 4 generations keeping one heck of a sauce recipe under wraps from prying eyes. It’s BBQ folklore in these parts.
505 Albert Pike Rd
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Captain Jug is the last of the 150 shrimpers in the area to still be trawling', as Danielle helps him haul in and sort through thousands of shrimp.
2552 jean Lafitte Blvd
Lafitte, LA 70067
The always packed Oink Joint has a rep for having enormous sandwich creations. Danielle eats one of their most famous sammies -- The Fat Boy -- which consists of melted pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and jalapeno mayo.
16008 Barnesville St
Zebulon, GA 30295
Oink n' Moo is the first and only traditional Texas-style BBQ gourmet food truck in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. From dry rubs to spicy sauces, Oink n' Moo makes all their delicious dishes from their own unique recipes.
At Public at the Brickyard, they serve up tasty bison burgers complete with crushed espresso seasoning and chipotle aioli. It is a fairly new restaurant, but they already have a loyal following.
129 North Rock Island
Wichita, KS 67202
Danielle is made an honoree “Shed Head” as she hangs out and chases alligators. Then she joins the Shed family for Operation BBQ Rescue as they deliver BBQ to families in need who have been hit by the hurricane.
7501 Mississippi 57
Ocean Springs, MS 39565
Sky’s the Limit is a super-small contest, with only 15 teams! This is a welcome change from Danielle's usual 50 to 100-team contests. Danielle takes a risk by switching up her pork recipe.
1911 East Kansas Ave
Garden City, KS
Located in a beloved old building in the heart of Lockhart, TX, Smitty's Market serves up traditional German-style BBQ -- and we all know what that means -- smoked sausage!
208 S Commerce St
Lockhart, TX 78644
The Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic is an official Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contest -- the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world. Danielle wagers a bet with her neighbor, Bubba Q, on who will score better on the brisket.
304 Russell Field Rd
Rome, Georgia 30165
Southern Soul BBQ serves up everything from beef hot dogs to their famous Hoppin' John. Danielle chows down on pastrami, 1/2 of a smoked chicken, gumbo and numerous side dishes.
2020 Demere Rd
St Simons Island, GA 31522
Known as being the oldest BBQ joint in Texas, Southside Market has sausages that are famous all over the world.
1212 U.S. 290
Elgin, TX 78621
Family-owned Stubby’s BBQ is a purist BBQ joint -- there isn’t a thing in the restaurant that’s not smoked on the pit! And their “supreme potato” alone is worth the drive.
3024 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Ubon’s is a tiny joint at the side of the highway in rural fly-swattin’ Mississippi. A father and daughter run it, and they know Danielle from the competition world … in fact, they’ve beaten her a few times!
801 Jerry Clower Blvd
Yazoo City, MS 39194
Van Pig's is the oldest BBQ joint in Oklahoma. Danielle helps herself to their famous Pig Sandwich -- 2 pieces of buttered toast piled high with tender, smoky cubes of pork.
717 East Highland St
Shawnee, OK 74801
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