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Cowboy Cookin’

Los Fresnos Cowboy Cook-Off a success

By Ruben Rodriguez
Los Fresnos News

Every Year the Cowboy Cook-off takes place at the Los Fresnos Rodeo Grounds. Multiple teams from across Cameron County and Beyond enter to test their skills on the BBQ pit to see who can truly throw it down. The Los Fresnos Cowboy Cook-Off entered its fifth edition. Multiple Categories for cooking teams include Fajitas, Cowboy Breakfast, Beans, Kids Q, Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt and Brisket. With multiple tasty options, everyone has a chance to show their stuff.

“We initiated this to bring another family fun event to Los Fresnos and support our efforts to Graduating High School Seniors” said Larry Cantu, the Los Fresnos Rodeo Chairman. The Cook-off, which always garners a lot of excitement and involvement in the community, continues to find success.

“We had 35 teams compete in the Champions BBQ Alliance Sanctioned Cook-off,” said Cantu. One of the most popular events, the Kids Q, which allows young, aspiring cooks get a chance to compete in their own Division. In this Year’s Cowboy Cook-off, 11 kids competed in the Kids Q. “The Kids Q went super well. Kids were really excited to compete,” said Cantu. Despite being in its fifth year, there is always a first time for everything, South Texas ISD also made their first appearance as a High School team entering the Cook-off.

With the recent Pandemic playing a factor in the turnout in recent years, a sense of normalcy returned to this year’s Cook-off. “We had a larger turnout than last year,” said Cantu. “The Folks really enjoyed the bands, the cook-off, the marketplace and the Classic Car Show.”

With an exciting turnout in 2022, a lot is already expected as fans and the citizens of Los Fresnos are already excited and anticipating the 2023 Cowboy Cook-off.
Photos are courtesy of Sweet Candy Productions