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31st Annual BBQ Cook-Off - January 12-13, 2018

Pasadena Convention Center & Municipal Fairgrounds - Pasadena, TX

Friday: 6:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M. TO 10:00 P.M.

Adults $10.00 / Children 6-12 yrs. $5.00 / Children Under 6 yrs. Free Admission

Click on the image below to download a PDF of the map and team assignments.

In 1988, for no particular reason, a small group of HHC members decided that we should have a BBQ Cook-Off. 9 teams signed up and competed. Organization, guidance, and conveniences were in their infancy at that time and judges for the competition came from whoever was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. The entry fee was $50.00 per team and for their efforts the winner received a trophy. By 1995 the cook-off had grown to the point that we needed more than "good ole boy" judges, so we were are now sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association. They handle all cook-off judging and with their help our cook-off is respected by cookers from Texas to Florida.

In 1996 the club felt that we should use the proceeds from the cook-off to do something good for the community. We decided that educating the under privileged youth was the way to go. That year we sponsored our first "kid" in Houston Community College. Since 1988 our cook-off has virtually grown into a business. This year we will have over 160 club volunteers working on 21 subcommittees to make the cook-off happen the way our cookers expect. We have grown to have a maximum of 150 cook teams coming from as far away as Missouri and Florida. For our winners we will pay $1000.00 for 1st place in brisket, ribs and chicken.

Another huge hit that we have had at our event for the past several years is our "Kids Q" Cook-Off for kids between the ages of 6 and 17. Only the first 50 kids registered in the Kids' Que will be able to cook.

In addition to the cook-off competition and Kids Que Cook-Off, this year we will have vendors and a concession stand open for the public.

Because of your generous support and participation in our events each year, the Hold ‘Em & Hit ‘Em Club has given approximately one million dollars in support of youth and education and annually supports dozens of students by giving to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the San Jacinto College Foundation, and by making purchases and donations at area county fairs.