Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Todd covers the Rodeo Austin BBQ Cook-off

From Todd:

When March rolls around in Austin, many things come to mind, Spring Break, SXSW, warm weather, but one thing that might not be at the forefront of your mind is the Austin Rodeo. Held every year out at the Travis County Expo Center, Rodeo Austin is a great way to get your "country fix" in. This year, I learned yet another reason to love the Rodeo...the annual BBQ Cook-Off! Held during one weekend, the cook-off brings in over 50 teams all competing for the top prize. The best part about it, is that everything is free after your admission to the fairgrounds. Donations are requested and at some stops demanded, but hey it's all for charity.

This year, I stopped by a few tents and sampled the goods. The winner is my book was a group called "BMF Cooks" (don't ask what it stands for). At this tent I sampled brisket, pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork...all of which were very good. I especially liked both cuts of the pork. See pictures of BMF's two portable pits, "Jack Bauer" and "Chuck Norris"! They served up some kick a** BBQ, so these were rightly named!

As I wondered I visited a few other tents; Texas Pit Masters had phenomenal brisket and ribs, and Bent Black Cookers had decent ribs but very fatty brisket (they also demanded a donation, that kinda ruins the experience and leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth). All in all though, the day was great. You could literally spend all day and night sampling BBQ from teams all across the state.

Check out the pictures and plan on going out to the Cook-Off next year!

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