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CROWDS COOK UP GOOD TIMES; BREAK RECORDS AT 2012 HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP BAR-B-QUE CONTEST — FEB. 25, 2012 — HOUSTON

 

Record-breaking crowds poured into the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Feb. 23 – 25. Along with food from some of the top barbecue masters in the world, visitors enjoyed live music and good company as this year’s attendance reached more than 255,000, shattering the 2011 record of 244,184.

A total of 431 barbecue entries from 263 teams across the state and the nation, including the Show’s 62 Area Go Texan counties, participated in the 2012 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, competing in different categories and for the coveted title of Overall Grand Champion.

After a long weekend of grilling and a full day of judging on Saturday, Feb. 25, the 2012 winners were announced as follows:

Overall Grand Champion – Motley Que Crew
Champion Brisket – Keep’er Hot Cooking Team
Champion Ribs – Houston Metro Go Texan 5 / Road Dog Cookers
Champion Chicken – Motley Que Crew
Go Texan Best Barbecue – Jasper County Area Go Texan
Dutch Oven Dessert Contest – Swine-Os
Most Colorful Team – Ram’s Club
Go Texan Most Colorful – Krazy Kookers
Most Unique Pit – Pitmakers
Best Team Skit – Pitmakers
Cleanest Team Area – Ram’s Club
Go Texan Recycling – Calhoun County Area Go Texan
Recycling – Blowin’ Smoke

“It’s been such an unbelievable time,” said Overall Grand Champion chief cook, Matt Sprouls from Champaign, Ill. “All I can say is God bless Texas.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed approximately $283 million to the youth of Texas. The 2012 Show runs Feb. 28 – March 18. For tickets, schedule and more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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