As World War II Meat Shortages Loomed, a Texas Town Hosted a Hell of a Barbecue Rivalry

Barbecue cook-offs were rare before the 1970s. In this photo from the early 1940s, a Texas man digs into a rib.The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest at the Memphis in May festival and the American Royal barbecue contest in Kansas City are two of the biggest and most prestigious barbecue competitions in the country. Held annually since 1978 and 1980, respectively (and hopefully again this year), they’ve earned their name recognition. However, they both started years after the first World Championship Cow Country BBQ Cookout, held in Uvalde in 1972. It’s no longer around, but it was the first recorded event that resembles the barbecue competitions of today. (Maybe you’ve read about the Kaiser Cookout held in Hawaii in 1959, which I don’t count since it was really a grilling competition sponsored by an aluminum foil company.) These cook-offs are practically a competitive sport nowadays,…View Original Post

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