Which city is home to the best barbecue in Texas? We’ll get some clues on December 9, when the HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown comes to town. The event at Friends & Allies Brewing will feature some of the top barbecue restaurants from both cities facing off for smoked-meat bragging rights.

The throwdown will showcase pitmasters pushing the limits beyond the Holy Trinity of sausage, ribs and brisket, to prepare “their vision of the perfect Texas barbecue dish,” according to organizers. This year’s competition (so far) includes talent from Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue, Banger’s Sausage House, LeRoy & Lewis and Micklethwait Craft Meats representing the Austin area and Beaver’s, Daddy Duncan’s BBQ, El Burro & the Bull, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, and Victorian’s Barbecue from Houston.

Austin reigned supreme at the inaugural competition, with LeRoy & Lewis taking home to the People's Choice championship trophy and splitting the Judge’s Choice with Brotherton's Black Iron Barbecue of Pflugerville.

Judges will include myself, Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly, barbecue photographer Robert J. Lerma, Friends & Allies Head Brewer Nathan Crane, and an additional judge to be named later.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets are on available online now for $70, before going up to $80. Tickets include unlimited barbecue samples from all competing vendors and two 12-ounce pours of Friends & Allies beer. All tickets sold in advance online. No ticket sales at the door.