y Emilio Hernandez
Special to TownTalk News

The Knights of Columbus Council 12292 sponsored the Great American Cook-off, which was held at Coleman Park on Saturday June 11.

This event, now in its 15th year, invited local and regional talent to battle for the barbecue bragging rights within three Meat categories (brisket, chicken and spare ribs).

Out of forty-five teams, first through fifth place contestants are as follows: (1. Brisket. Eric Pauda, Tim Dickey, Chris Bayless, Wesly Jones, and Matt Walker. (2. Chicken.  Tim Dickey, Kyle Buttler, Joe Martinez, Joe Villarreal, and Wesly Jones. (3. Spare ribs. Lance Moore, Tim Dickey, Matt Alexander, Matt Walker, and Wesly Jones. First through fifth place participants received monetary prizes ranging from $425 for first place to $100 for fifth place. Six through tenth place contestants receive $75. In addition to these winnings, guests participated in a raffle. Prizes ranged from a Kubota RTV to $250 Master Card gift cards. All proceeds from this cook-off benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Brownfield.

Tim Dicky is this year’s Grand Master Champion. When asked about his motivation for participating, Dicky said, “I like food and I like fire.” This is Dicky’s second year as a contestant. When Pauda was asked about his motivation, he said, “my father has always motivated me, and as a winner himself, I knew I wanted to be one too.”

Moore could not be reached for comment.

Judging in the various meat categories was straightforward. Once all volunteer judges were seated at the designated tables inside the amphitheater, Kristi Griffin, the judging official shared the procedure for scoring the meat category. Judges had to use a new fork after each taste testing for each item, and scores had to be made before moving to the next food entry. Judges could not retest a food item once their choice was marked on the score sheet. All contestant entries were ranked on a 10-point scale, with (1) for worst tasting entry to (10) for best tasting entry. Once the preliminary judging was complete, a separate table was designated for final judging for volunteer judges who would score the highest ranked food choices. Cook-off and raffle ticket winners were announced immediately after the concert from the Gary Nix Band.