CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Local barbecue connoisseurs will have the chance to battle it out for charity next weekend at the Battlin’ BBQ cook-off in Ingleside.
The free family-friendly Battlin’BBQ cook-off that started with a group of friends trying to raise money to help others will kick off Saturday , Aug. 3 at Simmons Park in Ingleside from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.
“In May 2018, a high school friend asked us to sell barbecue plates to help with the costs of medical bills and immediate needs due to his 5-year-old son being diagnosed with brain cancer. So, a group of old high school friends from Ingleside got together and turned it into a cook off to help make a larger impact," Battlin' BBQ vice president Amanda Carmichael said. "As word spread, we gained a huge support from the community, and it blossomed into the wonder event that you see today.”
So far, 28 teams have signed up and at least 40 teams are expected to compete in categories of chicken, brisket and pork ribs.
The event’s proceeds go towards the nationally recognized non-profit organization Battlin' BBQ that provides relief for families whose children suffer from cancer.
“The proceeds go directly to the family selected to sponsor at each event. There are many programs to help with medical bills but it’s the immediate financial impact that can burden a family,” said Carmichael.
In addition, the barbecue cook off will have a steady groove of live music entertainment, raffles with amazing prizes, food trucks, a horseshoe competition, and Premiere Event Wrestling.
“This is the community coming together to help a family in need and to continue to help our community in many ways all while having fun,“ said Carmichael.
For the teams, there are cash prizes to take away in addition to bragging rights. The Grand Champion gets $600, Reserve Champion $400. First place earns $500, second $300 and third place $200.
This event will benefit the family of Cayson Rodriguez from Ingleside.
Cayson Bryce Rodriguez was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Sept. 24, 2018. He also suffers from a condition called Tubular Hemimilia in which his right leg is significantly shorter than his left leg.
Cayson is a 6-year-old boy who has endured more than 25 blood transfusions and more than 40 platelet treatments.
Cayson has a huge heart and is a bright, funny and loving little boy who just wants to be a normal kid again.
Battlin' BBQ's IBCA Sanctioned Cook-off will be held at Simmons Park in Ingleside.
Barbecue teams will be competing in three categories: half chicken, pork ribs and brisket. There will also be competitions for best salsa and chef's choice.
There is a $150 entry fee per team, and the top two scoring teams will be also be deemed the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.
During the event, they will also have a separate Jackpot Salsa and Jackpot Chef's Choice. These separate categories will be $20 per entry, cash only and can only be entered Aug. 3.
Winner takes all ( 75% to first place and 25% to Battlin' BBQ).
Aug. 3 Entertainment Lineup
11 a.m. - noon - Raz Cat
Noon - 2 p.m. - Premiere Event Wrestling
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Flatbroke
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Jake Ward
For more information visit: https://www.battlinbbq.com/
Written by Roland Rodriguez