World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest: Not Our First Rodeo
Tanya Bell, Dr. Jesse Reed III, and Jennifer Williams
Rodeo season in Houston is an undocumented holiday. While you won’t find March 7-26 designated on any calendar as the official duration of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, you can believe that not only native Texans, but cowboys and cowgirls from all around will descend upon the grounds of NRG Park for some of the best festivities to offer. Funnel cakes, concerts, shopping, carnival, horse shows, just to name a few, the rodeo has something for everyone.
However, there’s one part of the rodeo that never seems to disappoint, the World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Each year more than 250 teams led by some of the most skilled barbecue pit masters compete for what is known as some of the most exclusive bragging rights known to man.
Because most team tents are invitation-only, each year people scramble trying to find passes to gain entry and be one of the first to sample some of the famed barbecue. But sometimes its not all about the food, as most tents seem to focus more attention on keeping their guests thoroughly entertained. Along with food, you’ll find live bands, an unlimited supply of booze, local DJs, and honestly anything else you can imagine within reason. The hospitality is always spectacular, besides, this is Texas and our rodeo, which is not our first and definitely will not be our last.
Special thanks to the Half Fast Cookers and the Lonestar Cowboy Cookers.