Monday, March 3, 2014


Saturday, March 1 –  After the parade (Which we reported on in our previous post), we jumped on the train and rode it to the Reliant Center (The Houston Texan Football Stadium) to attend The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.

Can’t go to a Houston event without our boots on!boots at cookoff

The Bar-B-Que takes over one of the huge parking areas outside the stadium. There are over 100 entries cooking 1000's of pounds of meat. This is three days of cooking, competition, eating and dancing. There is entertainment in most of the tents, a large outdoor stage for bands, the rodeo carnival is in full swing, and thousands of Houstonians looking for a good-time.

Houston Bar-B-Que

Carrie, our daughter here in Houston, is one of many sponsors of the Holy Cow Cookers tent.

Holy Cow tent 

They flash sponsor’s names on the many TVs set up in the tent.sponsors

This is a huge tent nicely equipped with a full-service bar, a coffee bar, a small bakery (fresh cookies and muffins), photo booths, restrooms, and of course a buffet of every kind of barbeque you can imagine. I think these sponsors try to outdo each other in decorating the tents in various “cowboy” themes.

Bar would open shortly after our arrival.full-service bar

They actually baked the treats right before our very eyes….yummy!bakery

Any type of coffee or ice cream treat you can think of at this ice cream bar

Free boot shinning. Look who took advantage of this service.Marsha and boot shinning

Carrie arranges the sale of tickets for about 75 of her friends - heck, I don't even know 75 people ....LOL. Well, let me tell you, these young people (All young professionals in their 20's.) know how to have a good time. What a fun evening. We've been with most of these “friends” previously at different parties. They treat us like one of the gang – or is it like more like their parents :-).

This was suppose to be a photo of girls ONLY, but look who did a photo bomb.girls

Of course there is a lighted dance floor with a band and DJ's for continuous music.

Yes, that is Marsha out there dancing with one of the boys.Marsha dancing

We ate BBQ brisket, ribs, chicken, corn, green beans, etc.  Delicious!!!

meat on spit 

Runner Up Cleanest Team Area…our own Holy Cow cookers.
holy cow cookers

We ate, drank, laughed, talked and danced the evening away with this fun loving group. We definitely ate waaay too much.

I would like to report we were out with the youngin's till the wee hours of the morning but naw, we called it a day around 9 o'clock. We jumped on the train for the ride back to our daughter's apartment, picked up our truck and left the late partying to the kids.

Thanks so much, Carrie. It was one awesome party!

The official Holy Cow.
holy cow

We will show you some of the other tents at the Bar-B-Que in our next post. This post is getting a bit long.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Hey, you made it to 9:00 p.m. That would be a record for us!! What a fun time you all had there in Houston.

  2. Now that I would like!! Did you have to buy boots just for the occasion? I'm guessing my boots probably wouldn't cut it though ... even though I wore them today but it was more to keep my feet warm than to party.

  3. I want to know how come Marsha wasn't wearing the really short shorts with those boots.

  4. You guys are having so much fun you won't want to ever come back to the Valley.

  5. Holy cow, you guys are having way too much fun...and even staying out until the wee hour of 9 pm. Too much excitement for me! ;-)

  6. That was so interesting. We have cook offs in PA but the ones we've seen have booths. The whole affair would probably fit in the Holy Cow tent. So each of the 100 entries have this huge of a set up? You don't need to go visit any other tent. The Holy Cow Cookers have everything. How did Carrie hook up with these guys?

    Love Paul's photo bomb!

    Good you are keeping those boots shiny, Marsha:)

    Sure looked like so much fun, especially with all those young people.

    Stay warm over there with all that cold weather.

  7. Oh, I forgot! Love that new header. You three look so good. Carrie is adorable:)

  8. You party animals that you are, looks like having way too much fun. And out until 9 pm? Wow I can't even stay awake until then usually.

  9. I'm not much of a rodeo guy but I am a pretty good BBQ fan and that looked great. Holy Cow is right.

  10. What fun! I love all of it--BBQ, country dancin', and those great looking cowboy boots. Spending time with your daughter and friends like this is priceless.

  11. I'm with Sandie. Why is Marsha in long jeans and not in a short skirt or shorts like the rest of the gang?

  12. Hmmm ... it might be a stretch to stay up that long! Sounds like you had lots of fun, and the eatin' was good.

  13. Lots of fun, and I think we would like to experience this. We only watch BBQ events on TV.
    hmm did you get a new pair of boots there?

  14. This looks like so much fun and Marsha, you are looking pretty good out there on the dance floor.

  15. Being from KC we do love us some BBQ. 9p is impressive, we would have left so we could have home by 9p :-)


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