The 13th annual SPJST Barbecue Cook-off will draw nearly 100 competitors to Taylor this weekend.
Voted Best Taylor Event in 2010 and 2011, the cook-off is among the largest in Central Texas and part of a triad of cook-offs in Taylor, according to Chamber President Thomas Martinez. “We have the rodeo cook-off in July, the Taylor International Barbecue Cook-off in August and this one in September,” he said. “This year, we are going to celebrate that by recognizing the teams who came and competed in all three.”
The cook-off benefits restoration efforts for the historic building located at 5025 FM 619, where the event is held. Activities include a free dance on Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., featuring the Glen Collins Band. Old-fashioned hamburgers will be sold by the parents of the Thrall 4-H and FFA on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
According to Jesse Pospisil, one of the organizers, the general public is invited to judge the food on Saturday. “We are always looking for judges,” he said.
There will also be a silent auction Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.
For those interested in cooking, there’s still time to enter. The entry fee is $80, and there are $10 fees for the Jackpot Cook’s Choice, Jackpot Pinto Beans, and Jackpot Dessert competitions.
Pospisil says the SPJST cook-off is known for its generous prizes and distinctive trophies.
Cash and trophies will be awarded for winners from first to 10th place in all meat categories (chicken, pork ribs, and brisket), and there will be awards for first, second and third place in the Master Cook, “Best Rig” and various other categories.
For further information contact Pospisil at (512) 826-7371.