who knew Texans were BBQ foodies?
being meat-free, gluten-free and dairy intolerant (I refuse to eat plastic cheese) it has never really been an issue for me to find a great or even a mediocre meal to enjoy. Texas has and continues to test that quest/search ..especially given it’s high dense love of the B-B-Q – everything. And the small towns cater to the locals, so a salad with more than a tomato slice has been a challenge to find, let alone fruit or gluten-free bread. I digress though…
I am married to a meat-loving carnivore – so the discovery in Crowell, TX of the “WILD HOG” cook-off confirmed our staying over in nearby Copper Breaks SP for a few more days. The cook-off is the 1st weekend of November, every year….so plan accordingly if you want to visit.
The competitors start arriving as early as Thursday evening, the entry fee is $100.00, but if you want to be judged on your BBQ “beans”…you’ll have to toss in another $10. (Excuse me? vegetables are more??? – being me, I was curious, because that is just <cough>insane<cough>)
So, for that entry fee, on Friday evening 1/2 of a wild hog is delivered to your site and you spend your evening butchering it. Sound like fun, eh ….apparently it takes a while as these beasts are tough and because they are considered a “nuisance pest” these cowboy cooks grinned talking about the prep – apparently they are perfect for the BBQ…the longer they cook, the more tender and tastier they become. Since no samples were available to Mike, we can’t verify that here.