HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Two ag students in Hudson were state champions in a competition last weekend, but it wasn’t for showing animals or welding metal. Rather, it was for cooking up one of Texas’s favorite dishes: barbecue. They competed to make the best barbecue dinner complete with meats, sides, and even dessert.
“We just heard about it last year and that was our first year to compete in this," FFA/Ag teach Ted Eddins said. "We went back this past weekend, we traveled to Burnett there at the Texas High School Barbecue Cook-Off and they placed grand champion overall.”
They smoked the competition by preparing meats like brisket, ribs, and chicken.
“They started their fire ceremony at 5 o’clock in the morning when they could start their fires," Eddins said. "They got to pick their meat up at 6 a.m. It went to a panel of judges and they tasted all 67 entries.”
“My favorite part is the brisket because that’s the hardest cut of meat to cook, so there’s a challenge to it," FFA student Reece Maddox said. "When you place well in brisket it means you did pretty well overall.”
It’s more than bringing home the bacon, or the trophy rather. Winners can also bring home some scholarships for culinary schools.
“They gave scholarships for the top three places, and we placed $1500 scholarship and then at state we ended up doing well and won that one and we got a $3000 scholarship each,” student Eli Jenkins said.
Hudson ISD will be holding an official trophy presentation for the FFA students at the high school on Thursday.