Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo 2023 World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Winners Announced

By: Shelby Pipken
| Published 02/26/2023


HOUSTON, TX -- More than 250 barbecue teams competed at the 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, Feb. 23 – 25, 2023. On Saturday night, one team was named Grand Champion Overall — Jasper County Go Texan.
Over the course of three days, teams from across Texas and the world competed for championship titles in the following categories: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Go Texan, Dutch Oven Dessert and the Open Contest.
For the third time, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest hosted a Jr. Cook-off. These young competitors, 8 to 14 years old, were given a steak to prepare, and were judged on appearance/presentation, tenderness and taste.

The 2023 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest winners are:

Grand Champion Overall – Jasper County Go Texan

Reserve Champion Overall – McLennan County Go Texan


Champion – Always Able But Confused Cookers

Second Place – San Augustine County Go Texan

Third Place – Metro Go Texan 1/BJ’s Blue Smoke BBQ


Champion – Hardin County Go Texan

Second Place – Metro Go Texan 5/The Worms BBQ Team

Third Place – Rancho Cerveza


Champion – Guzzlin’ Gourmets

Second Place – The Star of Texas Cooking Team

Third Place – Paloma Blanca

Go Texan

Grand Champion – Jasper County Go Texan

Reserve Champion – McLennan County Go Texan

Dutch Oven Dessert

Champion – Orange County Go Texan – TX Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake

Second Place – Hardin County Go Texan – Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Third Place – Shelby County Go Texan – Nana’s German Chocolate Cake

Open Contest

Champion – Lonesome Dove Cookers – Turf and Surf

Second Place – Half Fast Cookers – Surf and Turf

Third Place – Ritch’s Raiders – Shrimp Grits

Jr. Cook-off

Champion – Brodie Daniel, Metro Go Texan 1/BJ’s Blue Smoke BBQ

Second Place – Karley Aleksines, Williamson County

Third Place – Braxton Kolojaco, 300 Justice Road

Specialty Awards

Best Façade – Limestone County

Best Overall Theme – Saddle Tramps

Best Skit – BOHICA

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