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 Open Jackpot Bar-B-Que Cook-Off

Open Jackpot

August 5th & August 6th, 2016

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1.      The categories to be judged are beef brisket, pork ribs and chicken. Tag-in requirements are as follows:

Category Minimum tag in amount Maximum tag in amount
Chicken 2 Chicken Halves 6 Chicken halves
Pork Ribs 1 Slab of Ribs1 Brisket 3 Slabs of Ribs
Brisket   3 Briskets

2.   Contestants may check in Friday, August 5th from 4 pm-10 pm or Saturday, August 6th from 7am -8 am.  At check in meat must be raw, thawed and unseasoned.  Cooking cannot begin until the meat has been tagged.  It is the responsibility of the head cook to make sure the meat is inspected and tagged at the tagging station that is provided. Any untagged meat will be disqualified.

3.    Entries are due at check in.  Entry fees are as follows 1 or 2 divisions entered --$50 per division, if all three divisions are entered then the entry fee will be $40 per division. For Electrical fees see entry form….

4.    All cooking teams must be in place by 9am on Saturday, August 6th , no exceptions. To qualify as an In-County Team and to represent Fayette County at the HLSR Championship cook-off the chief cook must live in Fayette County.

5.    Chief Cooks Meeting will be at 8:30am on Saturday.

6.    A 20X40FT area will be available for each team.  Placing of teams on the grounds will begin Thursday, August 4th after 6pm.  A committeemen will designate your location. 
No vehicles on camping grounds, unload and move
.  Teams are not allowed to have ATV’s or 4-wheeled carts unless they are a Schulenburg Festival Director or Go Texan Committeemen.  Due to limited space, only one travel trailer will be allowed per BBQ team

7.    Contestants must supply all needed equipment and supplies.  Contestants may not share cooking equipment.  Each space with an entry must have a separate pit and chief cook.  Under no circumstances will one person be allowed to monitor the cooking on more than one team’s pits. Violations will result in team disqualification.  The Fayette County Go Texan Committee will not be responsible for theft or damage to equipment. 

8.    Fires must be wood or wood substance.  No electric or gas fires will be allowed.  Holes or dug pits are NOT allowed.

9.    The chief cook will be held responsible for the conduct of his guests.  Excessive use of alcoholic beverages will be grounds for disqualification.


10.  No garnishes or sauces permitted on meat or in turn in container.   No baby back ribs  Allowed—only St. Louis style or full spare ribs will qualify.   Two complete chicken halves will be required for turn in.   Turn in times are as follows:


Turn in Time



12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

1:00 PM

Pork Ribs

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

2:30 PM


3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

4:00 PM

11. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd   place teams in each meat division; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd   place overall team winners; 1st place overall in county, and best pit.  Prize money will be paid as follows. 

Entry Count

Placings Paid

Percentage Paid

1 to 10 Entries


50% of entries

11 to 20 entries

1and 2

30% and 20%

21 entries and more

1,2 and 3

25%,15% and 10 %

12.   NOTICE: Overall Team placings will be based on a point system accrual on all three meat divisions. The team that accrues the highest amount of points in all three divisions will be the overall champion and the overall in county champion that will represent Fayette County Go Texan in the HLSR World Championship Cook Off.  THE FAYETTE COUNTY WINNER WILL NO LONGER BE BASED SOLELY ON BRISKET BUT A TOTAL POINT ACCRUAL ON ALL THREE MEAT DIVISIONS.

13.  The highest scoring overall Fayette County Team will represent Fayette County in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World Championship Barbeque Contest.   Insurance  and entry fee will be paid by the Fayette County Go Texan Committee.

14.    DJ’s or Live Bands will not be allowed in the cook off area.  Music played will be in LOW  moderation.  Music will be discontinued after midnight on Friday and after 1:00am on   Saturday.  Violations of the above rules will result in disqualification.

15.    The Fayette County Go Texan Committee reserves the right to make additional regulations as situations warrant.  Decision of the committee chairman and judges are final.


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