• Watermelon Festival - BBQ Cook-Off

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    Name: Watermelon Festival - BBQ Cook-Off
    Date: July 21, 2018
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
    Event Description:

    Download the BBQ Cook-Off Area Map



    We have received some great feedback, and have updated our space reservations to be flexible in width.  When registering, please indicate the minimum width and length of space you will need, and we will arrange reserved spots accordingly.  Due to this change, we won't know exactly how many teams we can accept, and will post on this page when the event is completely booked.

    The 2018 Watermelon Festival BBQ Cook-off is sanctioned by the IBCA!  See the official IBCA Rules.

    75% Payout in Cash Prizes, plus Trophies
    awarded in each of Beef Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs, and Chicken categories, in addition to Grand Champion and Reserve.

    Jackpot Margaritas will be held Friday night, July 20th, with a 50% payout, and Jackpot Beans will be held during the cook-off on Saturday, also with a 50% payout.

    Event Times

    Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    6:00 p.m. Head Cook's Meeting
    8:00 p.m. Jackpot Margaritas
    10:30 a.m. Jackpot Beans
    12:00 p.m. Chicken turn-in
        2 chicken halves complete with wingtip
    1:30 p.m. Pork Spare Ribs turn-in
        9 individual pork spare ribs
    3:00 p.m. Beef Brisket
        9 full slices

    Standard turn-in times listed above apply up to 75 teams - any changes to the schedule due to the number of entries will be communicated by email prior to the cook-off and at the Head Cook's meeting.
    East side of FM 1887 at Main St, Hempstead, Texas, across from the Gazebo Park
    Date/Time Information:
    Check-in between noon & 5 p.m. Friday
    Head Cook's Meeting TBA
    Contact Information:
    Entry fee is $150.00
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