2023 State Fair of Texas – Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge

Entry Deadline: September 23, 2023
2023 State Fair of Texas - Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge

General Information

A week before the biggest Texas celebration, we like to kick-off the fun with a good ol’ BBQ & Chili showdown. While pre-registering is not required, it is highly recommended and is said to be as easy as throwin’ some barbecue on the grill! Don’t let this heated competition stir you away, we’ve made it simple.

The Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge invites all pitmasters and chili cooks from across the Lone Star State to show off their culinary expertise and vie for a chance to be named “best in Texas” in the State Fair’s Barbecue, Chili, and CASI Chili Cook-Offs. With big prizes, ribbons and Texas-sized bragging rights on the line, don’t miss your chance to smoke, sizzle, and stir before the Fair opens.

Entry Fees

Per Entry Fee – $25.00 (Casi Chili Challenge)
Per Entry Fee – $25.00 (Big Tex “No Rules” Chili Challenge)
Per Entry Fee – $25.00 (Big Tex BBQ Challenge)
Per Entry Fee – $25.00 (Big Tex “Green” Chili Challenge)

Prizes / Awards / Medals / Ribbons

Casi Chili Challenge
1st Place – $100.00/Gift Card & Big Tex Trophy
2nd Place – Ribbon

Big Tex “No Rules” Chili Challenge
1st Place – $100.00 & Big Tex Trophy
2nd Place – Red Ribbon
3rd Place – White Ribbon

Big Tex BBQ Challenge
1st Place – $100.00 & Big Tex Trophy
2nd Place – Red Ribbon
3rd Place – White Ribbon

Big Tex “Green” Chili Challenge
1st Place – $250.00 & Big Tex Trophy
2nd Place – $150.00
3rd Place – $100.00

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