2019 S.A. Rodeo Bar-B-Q event a hasty sell-out
Bad news for the barbecue barons who wished to test their chops at one of the nation’s premier competitions: If you aren’t already in, you’re out.
Steve Grams, chairman of the 2019 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival, said that it took all of four days for each of the 355 spots to be gobbled up for the Jan. 25 and 26 event near the AT&T Center. Online registration opened on Sept. 17.
“My nature as promoter was to warn cooks that spots were going to go quick and fast,” Grams said. “There were people out there that thought it was just hype.”
Adding to Grams’ joy, the prince increase from $500 to $675 per spot was met with no resistance. All of the proceeds from the event go to a San Antonio Rodeo scholarship fund, allowing more money to be distributed throughout the area for educational needs.
The S.A. Stock Show & Rodeo event is regularly considered the largest International Barbecue Cookers Association-sanctioned event in Texas. In 2018, 306 teams competed for the best for the top prizes. San Antonio’s Corey Flores of the Texas Poker Smokers BBQ team was the area’s top finisher, taking reserve grand champion honors (second-place overall in nonbarbecue speak), including first place in ribs.
Hopeful cooks who missed out can still put their names on a waiting list at SARodeo.com/BBQ, but as of Tuesday afternoon, it was already 30 deep.
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