The second annual Smoked Dallas was another fun time in a little pocket park in the middle of downtown Dallas. As usual we bought VIP tickets well in advance. The surprise was they were still available on the day of the event. In fact, I showed up about 20 minutes before opening at 1 pm and we ended up 7th and 8th in line. Is BBQ losing its cool?
This year's check in was much more organized than last year. Clearly they learned some lessons last year and everything ran much more smoothly. About a quarter til they came through, scanned tickets, attached wristbands, checked IDs for alcohol sales, and did security checks on bags. When the magic hour of 1 pm arrived, we went straight to the food with no waiting. That was a nice change from last year where all the check ins happened during the VIP magic hour, not before.
We were first in line at Schmidt Family BBQ and got the first slices off a fresh brisket. After that we wandered around to the BBQ booths gathering a couple of samples at a time then checking them out at the well placed tables near the booth. We never had a problem finding a spot to chow down.
There were only 10 BBQ joints in attendance but the food was uniformly good. Standouts to my taste were Black's brisket and garlic sausage, Schmidt Family's brisket, and Louie Mueller's always excellent jalapeno sausage. Heim brought along some candied pork belly, which was an interesting diversion. Not a single rib appeared, which seemed a little strange, but understandable when you can trim tiny samples of brisket, but a rib is a rib and a little tougher to divide. Looking back at last year's event, only Hutchins had ribs.