One of the meatiest days of the year is on the horizon. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning for the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest. The November 5 event at the Long Center celebrates the magazine’s Top 50 barbecue spots in the state and will feature grub from 31 Texas barbecue joints. It will sell out.

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The roster of participating barbecue joints includes  Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano),  Franklin Barbecue (Austin),  Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas), and many more. Check the site for a complete list.

Tickets cost $80, with VIP ticket-holders ($165) getting early entry and access to beverages, more food and shade.

In addition to the Sunday event, TMBBQ Fest will expand this year to a separately ticketedbrisket brunch on Saturday at Juliet ($85) and a Saturday afternoon educational event called ‘Cue Course at Terry Black’s Barbecue from 2 to 5 p.m. ($125).

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