Want the scoop on what to expect during the 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ festival? Here’s the all the details that you need to plan your weekend of fun!





WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5pm-10pm and Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 12pm-6pm
WHERE: 715 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208 (3 blocks west of Bishop Arts on Davis Street)
WHAT: Live music, 23 competition BBQ teams cooking more than 1000 pounds of BBQ, beer garden, & fun for the whole family

First thing to note is that there is NO admission fee to attend Blues, Bandits & BBQ this year – it’s free and open to the public! That’s free admission to the wood fire cooking demonstration, the outdoor movie screening, beer garden, live music, kids bounce house, and more! Second thing to note, the location is DIFFERENT than last year! Third thing to note is that if you want to TASTE the BBQ, then you have to purchase a tasting wristband from Prekindle in advance. They are selling fast so we suggest you hop on over and take care of that now.

Now let’s cover the rest of the details!

The fun starts Friday, October 26 at 5pm when we officially open the beer garden and kick the night off with a little live music. Come on out and check out the BBQ teams who will be arriving, setting up their areas and firing up their smokers. We’ll also have a wood fire cooking demonstration from Chef Tim Byres from Smoke Restaurant at 6pm which is free and open to the public. Finally, we’ll finish the night with an free outdoor screening of the classic film ‘Bonnie & Clyde’! Food trucks will be onsite and we’ll be selling beer from 5pm-10pm.

The BBQ teams will spend the night onsite tending to their smokers, but come back at noon on Saturday, October 27 for the main event! The beer garden opens up again at 12pm and the live music starts then as well. The BBQ tasting will be from 2pm-4pm and a pre-purchased wristband is necessary if you want to sample the brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork from the 23 competition teams. Each person with a wristband will also have an opportunity to cast their vote for the 2012 People’s Choice award. A few cautionary notes about the tasting – if you wait to buy your tasting wristband till the day of the event you’ll be out of luck. We will be sold out prior to the doors opening on Saturday. And, if you purchase a wristband you’ll want to make sure you are onsite during the entire tasting time (2pm-4pm). The best meat goes fast and the teams will be rolling out different meats at different times based on the judging schedule.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

4:00 P.M.       BBQ Team load in
5:00 P.M.       Beer Garden opens
5:00 P.M.       Live Music — The Cliff Blues Band
6:00 P.M.       Tim Byres, Smoke Restaurant –  Wood Fire Cooking Demonstration
7:00 P.M.       Live Music — Dallas Family Band
7:30 P.M        Live Music – Chris Johnson (Telegraph Canyon)
8:00 P.M.       Live Music — Johnny Beauford & The Jack Kerowax
9:00 P.M.       The Texas Theatre Presents – Bonnie & Clyde (movie shown onsite)

12:00 P.M.     Beer Garden opens
12:00 P.M.     Live Music — Bona Fide Blues
1:30 P.M.       Live Music — The Roomsounds
2:00 P.M.      People’s Choice BBQ Tasting begins
2:00 P.M.      Oil & Cotton hosts children’s art project
2:45 P.M.       Live Music — Rev K.M. Williams & Trainwreck
4:00 P.M.      People’s Choice BBQ Tasting ends
4:00 P.M.      Live Music — RTB2
4:45 P.M.       Announce BBQ winners
5:15 P.M.       Live Music — The Cliff Blues Band
6:00 P.M.      Event Ends

And here’s the lineup of teams for the 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ competition:

Matador Meat & Wine                                                      Texas BBQ Posse
TNTQue                                                                                The Smoak Cliff Boys
TRUE BBQ                                                                           Guthries
Los Juevos Grandes                                                           Smokin Domo Nation
RickShaw Catering Company                                         Red Beard BBQ
The Notorious P.I.G.                                                         Kings Highway Neighborhood
Two Hats                                                                              OC Master Basters
Roadkill BBQ                                                                       Rosemont Dad’s Club
3 Bar BBQ                                                                             Ego Brothers
Oak Cliff Oh’s                                                                      Heavy Metal Cooking Team
North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine                                           Thin, Blue, Beautiful Smoke
Davis-Hawn Lumber & Architectural Millworks