Sunday, March 6, 2011

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest 2011

On Saturday night, after three days, over 221,000 barbecue lovers, over 400 cookin’ teams, and some of the most awesome aromas ever smelled anywhere on the planet, Houston’s Reliant Park Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship BBQ contest came to a delicious end, with our own Texas Pepper Jelly’s CEO Craig Sharry as the Grand BBQ Champion!

Congratulations to the Texas BBQ Rub cooking team for finishing 5th in brisket and 9th overall out of 409 teams at the Houston Rodeo BBQ Cook-off.

Craig Sharry, with Texas Pepper Jelly, holds up his awards after being named 2011 Grand Champion Saturday at the World’s Championship BBQ Contest. He won first overall in the brisket category and the overall champion award.

HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest experienced record crowds, breaking the 2010 attendance record of 221,229 people. A final attendance number will be available today. More than 400 barbecue teams participated in the 2011 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, Feb. 24 – Feb. 26. Champions were named in several categories. The 2011 winners were:

Overall Grand Champion

San Antonio Invitational Team – Texas Pepper Jelly

Champion Chicken

Rotten Wood Cookers

Champion Ribs

Goose Creek BBQ 1

Champion Brisket

San Antonio Invitational Team - Texas Pepper Jelly

Go Texan Best Barbecue

Freestone County Go Texan BBQ

Most Colorful Team

Holy Cow Cookers

Go Texan Most Colorful

Nueces County

Most Unique Pit


Best Team Skit

Cooked on a Pitmaker

Cleanest Team Area

Floyd Morrow & Larkin

Go Texan Recycling

Austin County

Blowin’ Smoke

Dutch Oven Dessert Contest

Hoot County Saloon 2

Craig Sharry, from the Overall Grand Champion team, Texas Pepper Jelly, said, “This is the most recognized barbecue cookoff, and I feel very blessed to have won.”

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 more than $265 million to the youth of Texas. The 2011 Show runs March 1–20. For tickets and more information, visit

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