Which city is home to the best barbecue in Texas? We’ll get some clues on Sunday, 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 second annual 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 includes talent from Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue, Banger’s Sausage House, LeRoy & Lewis, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew 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. In a bit of a twist, the competition has also allowed Bodacious Bar-B-Q from Longview and Brett's Backyard Bar-B-Que from Rockdale as wild card entrants.

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 Austin-based food writer Paula Forbes.

Tickets are on available online for $70. They 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.

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