In last year’s Laredo Big Bad BBQ Cook-off, Kelly Curtis of the Panther Creek Cookers won the Grand Champion title and first place in the Brisket category and Craig Sharry from the Texas Pepper Jelly received the Reserve Champion and first place in the Pork Spare Ribs category. Both champions were determined by adding the points of the three categories in which they placed, earning them enough points to walk away with bragging rights and $4,000 and $1,000 in cash, respectively. Last year’s event garnered 91 cooking teams over the two-day event.
Slots are still available for anyone wishing to be a part of the cook-off; registration online in advance of the event is encouraged and available at www.laredobbq.com
. Starting on Friday at 6:00 p.m., teams can compete for first place prizes in the three jackpot categories of fajitas, guisado and beans. The Grand Champion competition begins on Saturday when the gates open at 12:00 p.m., and teams earn points and cash in the three meat categories; chicken, pork ribs and brisket. Cash payout will be up to 15th place in each. However, the highlight for public attendees will be the People’s Choice Sampling on Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00, once all the competition meats have been turned in. Teams can offer samples of their best meats or food of their choice and there will be a text-to-vote system for all who wish to participate. Attendees will get to sample each team’s offering and then vote for their favorite. The people’s choice will win a variety of prizes including cash.