Gruenau Turn & Schuetzen Verein president Ted Dlugosch presents the grand champion trophy to the Rodeo Smoke cooking team who took first place honors at the Gruenau cook-off. Contributed photo.
Gruenau Turn & Schuetzen Verein held a barbecue cook-off March 28 and 29 with 24 cooking teams participating. This was an International Barbeque Cookers Association sanctioned event.
Teams began to arrive on Thursday and Friday to prepare for the event. Teams from as far away as Houston and Cedar Park came to compete. With plenty of room and perfect weather, teams applied their cooking skills to prepare fabulous entries of ribs, brisket and chicken along with jackpot entries of beans, chili and sausage.
Team Rodeo Smoke took grand champion honors at the event. Southern Drive of Victoria provided dance music for the public on Saturday night. Gruenau Turn & Schuetzen Verein plans to hold this annual event again next year at the request of the cookers and the public.