Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo adds new category to World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest

Rodeo Adds New Open Contest to 2022 World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)

HOUSTON – The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced Friday it will add an additional category for the 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.

In addition to the brisket, ribs, chicken, Go Texan and Dutch Oven Dessert categories, the new category will allow competitors to prepare anything they desire -- with the exception of desserts.

“The Open Contest category gives barbecue teams the opportunity to flex their cooking skills in a creative way,” said David Stone, chairman of the Rodeo’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Committee. “Whether it’s chili, macaroni and cheese, or surf and turf — winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights.”

The open contest will begin Feb. 25, the second day of the three-day contest, scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26, 2022.

The top three highest-scoring entries will be announced at the awards ceremony on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is an invitation-only competition, with more than 250 barbecue teams from across the state of Texas and the world competing in the annual contest, according to a release.

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