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RodeoHouston adds new BBQ contest category that lets cooks prepare anything they want — except desserts

“Whether it’s chili, macaroni and cheese, or surf and turf — winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights," said the chairman of the BBQ contest.

HOUSTON — There's a new way for barbecue connoisseurs to get their chance to brag about being the best cook in town.

The upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will feature a new category for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest called "Open Contest."

In addition to the traditional categories — brisket, ribs, chicken, Go Texan and Dutch Oven Dessert — the BBQ contest will now allow cooks to prepare anything they desire, except desserts.

“The Open Contest category gives barbecue teams the opportunity to flex their cooking skills in a creative way,” said David Stone, chairman of the Rodeo’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Committee. “Whether it’s chili, macaroni and cheese, or surf and turf — winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights.” 

The "Open Contest" will be on February 25, 2022, the second day of the 3-day BBQ cookoff, which is scheduled for February 24- 26.

READ: Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announces dates for parade, BBQ cook-off and Go Texan Day

The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is an invitation-only competition. It features more than 250 barbecue teams from across the state of Texas and the world. 

Tickets for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest go on sale in January.

Ticket prices:

  • Adults 13 and over — $20 
  • Children between 3 through 12 — $5 
  • Children 2 and under — free

Tickets do not include access to private cook-off tents. 

The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 through March 20. Click here for more information.

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