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Competition heats up for barbecue cook-off

DFW barbecue lovers could be in for a smoking good time.

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo is hosting their annual BBQ Cookoff Dec. 30 to Nov. 2. The event will be at the fairgrounds located at 2217 N. Carrol Blvd and will feature steak, barbecue and chili cookoffs, as well as games like horseshoes and cornhole. Entry fees to each contest range from $20 to $150 per contest, and prizes include monetary gifts and buckles. Cookoff proceeds will benefit the North Texas Fair Association Scholarship and the Robert Bell Memorial Scholarship.

Each contest features a different sponsor, so the rules and prizes of each cookoff vary.

Friday’s 5 – 9:30 p.m. steak cookoff is sponsored by the Steak Cookoff Association. Entry is $100, and the first-prize winner will receive $1000 and a champion buckle.

The Chili Appreciation Society International’s two-day chili contest will begin with a cooks’ meeting Friday evening or Saturday morning, and the cookoff will run through 3:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The entry fee for the chili cookoff is $25, and each day’s top competitor will receive a champion buckle.

Cooks meet at 8:30 p.m. Friday ahead of the International Barbecue Cookers Association’s Saturday cookoff, which runs 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. The competition features beans, chicken, ribs and brisket contests throughout the day, and the winner of each meat category will receive a champion buckle. The entry fee for beans is $25 and $150 for meats.

Saturday’s games begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day. The entry fee is $40 per team, per event. Prizes are still being determined.

“Judging will be run in accordance with IBCA,” regardless of the competition, according to the rules and regulations statement. Those interested in judging can find more information here.

General fairground rules apply to all attendees, including the prohibition of explosives and “aggressive pets” and noise restrictions at night. Anyone violating fairground rules “may be subject to disqualification,” according to the rules statement.

Same-day entries are accepted at each competition. A full schedule of events, entry forms and rules are available on the NT Fair website.

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