Best cooks flocking to Uvalde

More than 140 teams registered

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Each of the Top 10 cooks in the International Barbecue Cookers Association standings will be in Uvalde this week when the South Texas CattleWomen group introduces the 11th-annual Briscoe Ranch Cook-off at the Crossroads.

The event is set Friday and Saturday at the Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Lane. As of Thursday, 143 teams were registered, with four teams coming from as far as Tuttle, Oklahoma, and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Last year, 161 teams participated.

“Teams continue to register daily up until the start of the event,” said Wade Carpenter, an event organizer, noting that the event has grown since its inception in 2007.

That year, eight teams signed up, followed by 15 teams in 2011. In 2013, 36 teams participated; 2014, 26; 2015, 115; 2016, 153; and 2017, 161.

The competition was recognized by the Texas Senate as a Texas State Championship barbecue competition in 2013. It is also sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association.


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