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Sun, Smoke, and Songs: College Station’s 2024 Troubadour Festival

Texas BBQ exchanging hands at the 2024 Troubadour Festival in College Station.

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - This past weekend, Texas Country Tour had a blast covering the Troubadour Festival, held in the shadow of Kyle Field on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Despite the scorching heat on May 18th, the festival, now in its second consecutive year at this location, was a memorable celebration of Texas barbecue and country music.

The festival featured an impressive 35 BBQ joints, each with their own tent, offering delicious samples to VIPs in the early afternoon. A particularly amusing sight was the creativity of attendees who brought their own trays—everything from school lunch trays to store-bought trays, and even small cardboard pallets—to efficiently sample as many BBQ offerings as possible without needing to sit down. It was a bit absurd but also showed just how dedicated barbecue enthusiasts can be.

The Meat Church tent from Waxahachie was, as always, the most popular, with long lines of eager fans. Personally, my favorite was the brisket-infused pico de gallo waffle fries from Brick Vault Brewery & BBQ from Marathon. The combination was a delightful fusion of flavors that perfectly captured the spirit of Texas barbecue.

Music played a central role in the festival, with two stages providing entertainment throughout the day. The YMCA Stage, a smaller venue for VIPs during the afternoon BBQ portion, featured performances by talented artists like Oklahoma native Mikayla Lane, the Joe Stamm Band, and The Lowdown Drifters. As evening fell, the action moved to the larger Wood Stage, where the Cameron Sacky Band, William Clark Green, and Pat Green—all celebrated Texas country artists—delivered electrifying performances that kept the crowd energized.

Compared to last year, this year’s festival had a much larger turnout, reflecting its growing popularity. The festival grounds had also expanded to include food trucks and mobile boutiques, adding to the vibrant atmosphere and giving attendees more options to explore and enjoy.

Overall, we had an amazing time at this year’s Troubadour Festival. The combination of outstanding barbecue, top-notch country music, and the lively ambiance made for an unforgettable experience. We’re already looking forward to next year to see how this remarkable festival continues to evolve and impress.

What is your go-to BBQ main entree?

  • Brisket

  • Sausage

  • Ribs (pork or beef)

  • Chicken

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