If you’re a BBQ or pork lover, you’ve probably heard of the COCHON event series. This year they took their COCHON555 Heritage BBQ on the road to a handful of cities across the nation, including Austin! W Austin was thrilled to host this indulgent event, full of the best pork, bourbon, beer, cider, wine, ice cream and more from Central Texas and beyond.

Similar to Cochon 555, Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is an all-inclusive event, a stand-up tasting where five notable chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for the city’s “BBQ King.” The events raise awareness for responsible family farms, culinary schools, local food producers, craft brewers, great winemakers, and prestigious distillers wanting to celebrate with an amazing food event during National Bourbon Month. The cause is local, the flavors are global, the talent is unbridled…

In addition to the five-chef competition, the event will feature a lineup of notable Texas chefs participating in our “BBQ Traditions” series, where each chef prepares one dish from their favorite global BBQ culture. This year will kick off in a Texas-style BBQ with Felix Flores of Black Hill Meats and Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ, presented by Anakota Wines. Additionally, Heritage BBQ partner Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to sponsor Houston chef Ronnie Killen of Killen’s BBQ, who will prepare Texas-style beef ribs. Additional Houston chefs include Phillipe Gaston of Kata Robata, who will provide Japanese BBQ bites, and Jordan Asher of Dosi Restaurant + Soju Bar, who will cook up Korean-style. Guests will also enjoy Satay from James Zoller of TRACE, an Argentinian dish from Josh Jones of Salt & Time, a take on Lexington BBQ from Harold Marmulstein of Salty Sow and “Welcome Ribs” from Shane Stiles of Stiles Switch provided by Berkwood Berkshire Farms.

As the event description above announced, our Sous Chef Zoller served up pork satay to demonstrate Southeast Asia BBQ traditions. Unsurprisingly, it was absolutely delicious (as was everything else we tried at the event – these chefs were not messing around!).

An event of this caliber deserves an afterparty, so we grilled up housemade hotdogs on the TRACE patio and served up special Eagle Rare cocktails in celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month. Our W Libationist, Dustin, created a special cocktail to celebrate the evening, made with our barrel-aged Eagle Rare plus rhubarb and aperol. A winning combination if there ever was one – even if you don’t have access to these exact ingredients (not everyone has a barrel of aged high-end bourbon at home, we understand that) combining the flavors of rhubarb and apricot with your favorite bourbon/whisky is sure to please.

If you didn’t get a chance to come to COCHON555 at W Austin last weekend, the COCHON event series rages on with food and drink related festivities across the nation. If you’re a food lover, it’s well worth your time!