Los Slow Cookers grand champs again

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

Uvalde’s Los Slow Cookers BBQ Team won the grand championship at the Shiner Half Moon Holidays barbecue cook-off with their third-place brisket, third-place ribs and 11th-place chicken. It’s the second time Los Slow Cookers – Luis Fernandez and Wade Carpenter – have won grand champion honors this year.

The event, hosted by the Shiner Chamber of Commerce, took place July 4-5.

Fernandez and Carpenter met at Southwest Texas Junior College, where Carpenter works as the public relations assistant and Fernandez is the business, industrial and technical studies division chairman.

The two were already friends when they started cooking together after Carpenter gained interest in barbecuing in 2014. As soon as the two started to cook, they began to enter competitions, starting with an event hosted by Neal’s in Concan the same year.

“We were just trying it out, but we placed sixth at Neal’s,” Fernandez said. “I was hooked after that.”

Since then, they have traveled across Texas to attend cook-offs in towns like Bishop, Lockhart, Kerrville, Pleasanton, Bandera and Shiner. Additionally, they also entered the 2017 American Royal hosted in Kansas City, Kansas.


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