The Third Annual Houston Barbecue Festival at NRG Park yesterday sold out, attracting attendees from all over Texas and even a restaurant owner from France. It was a great opportunity to catch up with several notable pit masters and get updates on their newest ventures, too.
More than 20 vendors gave out bites of brisket, ribs and sausage to a happy crowd. This year, though, there were unique offerings to be had as well. Wayne Muller of legendary Louie Muller Barbecue in Taylor tossed lamb chops in sweet jalapeño sauce with a salt-and-pepper rub. Why did they make lamb chops? "Because no one else is and lamb is the other red meat," he said with a grin. "We're always looking to extend ourselves. It's going back to our roots in a way. Lamb was one of our original meats and they've been off the menu for a few years."