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A Photo Essay of the Blues, Bandits, and BBQ Festival in Oak Cliff

By Carol Shih |
Venison sausage and smoked chicken with Carolina sauce and bourbon-based sauce by True BBQ. photos by Melisa Oporto

We sent photography intern Melisa Oporto off with her camera and a mission to capture the atmosphere at the Blues, Bandits, and BBQ Festival in Oak Cliff last Saturday. Clyde Biggins was there, of course, waving roasted legs in the air and having a ball of a time. Kids played in the grass, blues bands sang under trees, and man’s best friends enjoyed the great outdoors. You could smell barbecue in the air. D‘s Creative Director Todd Johnson, who acted as one of the meat-eating judges, said he was blindfolded as he consumed forty pieces of chicken and pulled pork. Another table of judges had the honor of tasting brisket and ribs. When Todd sent me a list of all the winners (pasted down below), he said it made him burp just looking at the list. I don’t envy him, but you might after you take a look at Melisa’s photo essay.

Jump and drool. Go ahead, we won’t judge you.

True BBQ
North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine’s Espresso BBQ (left); Denton’s own RTB2 (right)
A number of teams smoked and cook a whole hog for the competition.
Smoke Cliff BBQ won first place in the Ribs category.
Winners of the Chicken category: Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke.
The Texas BBQ Posse were named the 2012 People’s Choice Award.
Meat smoking
People gathered at the tables enjoying the music provided by various blues acts.


1st Place – Davis Hawn Lumber

2nd Place – OC Master Basters

3rd Place – Tie between Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke & The Smoak Cliff Boys

Pulled Pork

1st Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s

2nd Place – Ego Brothers

3rd Place – Kings Highway Neighborhood Association

Pork Ribs

1st Place – The Smoak Cliff Boys

2nd Place – Heavy Metal Cooking Team

3rd Place – Ego Brothers


1st Place – Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke

2nd Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s

3rd Place – Rosemont Dad’s Club


1st Place – Texas BBQ Posse

2nd Place – Road Kill BBQ

3rd Place – Los Huevos Grandes

The winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award was the Texas BBQ Posse, with Los Huevos Grandes coming in second and Red Beard BBQ finishing third.