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Benefiting Bandera Business Association
June 2017
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Benefiting Lonestar Barbecue Society
July 2017
Burnet, Texas

 
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2017
May - Round Rock Blue Santa
   
 
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Smokin' Hot Blue Santa BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Operation Blue Santa
Round Rock, Texas

Beans - 5th Place
Cooks Choice - Final Table

 
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April - Melody Oaks Ranch - BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
 
 
 

Melody Oaks BBQ Cook-Off & Concert
Benefiting The American Cancer Society
Priddy, Texas

Steak - 8th Place
Ribs - Final Table

 
 
             
March - BBQ Austin

BBQ Austin
Benefiting Rodeo Austin Scholarship Fund • Austin, Texas

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Team IOU strikes again! With combined forces
of volunteers, sponsors, and spectacular team members, IOU BBQ showed up in force to
BBQ Austin 2017. Their number one goal was
to raise funds for the Rodeo Austin Scholarship Foundation, followed by being successful in
the competition categories, and lastly making
sure that all of the set goals were achieved
while having fun. And well, they achieved
all of that and then some!


2nd, 4th & 6th Place Beans
7th Place Jackpot
9th Place Bloody Mary
12th & 24th Place Chicken
1st, 6th, 21st, & 23rd Place Ribs
23rd Place Brisket
4th Place Fundraising
$10,516 raised for scholarships!

Thank Y'all, See Ya Next Year!

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2016
November - Coors Light, UT Tailgate
             
 
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Coors Light
Texas Longhorn Tailgate

Benefiting The IOU Foundation
Austin, Texas

 
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November - Texas Military Forces Museum
             
 
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1944 Close Asault Re-enactment
Benefiting The Texas Military Forces Museum
Camp Mabry, Texas

 
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October - Sine Die, Cooking For A Cause
             
 
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Sine Die, Cooking For A Cause
Benefiting #nohunger and Central Texas Food Bank
Austin, Texas

$43,000 raised!
With that, CTFB will serve 172,000 meals.

 
 
October - Coors Light, UT Tailgate
             
 
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Coors Light
Texas Longhorn Tailgate

Benefiting The IOU Foundation
Austin, Texas

 
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August - The IOU Foundation - The Boon Group Picnic
             
 
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The Boon Group Luau
Benefiting The IOU Foundation
Austin, Texas

 
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June - Bandera Riverfest
             
 
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Bandera Riverfest
BBQ Cook-Off

Benefiting The Bandera Business Association
Bandera, Texas

Bloody Mary - 4th Place
Bloody Mary - 5th Place
Chicken - 7th Place
Pulled Pork - 7th Place

 
 
May - Bentwood Championship Cup Chase 2
             
 
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Bentwood Championship
Cup Chase

Benefiting Texas Firewalkers
Georgetown, Texas

Chicken - 9th Place

 
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April - Smokin Hot Blue Santa BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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Smokin' Hot Blue Santa
BBQ Cook-Off

Benefiting Round Rock Blue Santa
Round Rock, Texas

Chicken - 4th Place

 
 
March - South 40 BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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South 40 BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Fund
Waco, Texas

Ribs - 10th Place
Chicken - Final Table
Brisket - Final Table

 

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March - Bentwood Championship Cup Chase 1
             
 
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Bentwood Championship
Cup Chase
Benefiting Texas Firewalkers
Georgetown, Texas

Bloody Mary - 2nd Place
Bloody Mary- 5th Place
Chicken - 9th Place
Beans - 10th Place
Brisket - Final Table

 

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March - BBQ Austin
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BBQ Austin

Benefiting Rodeo Austin Scholarship Fund • Austin, Texas

At the conclusion of 2015, one of the major goals for returning to BBQ Austin in 2016, was to break the ten thousand dollar
mark at the weekend long fundraiser. Leading up, the team had no funding for construction projects, no moving truck
for transporting equipment or supplies, and were about to return to the event with nearly half the number of team members
and sponsors. The earlier set goals seemed unachievable. But with the determination, dedication and very hard work from
their, remaining team members, volunteers and new sponsors, not only were their goals met, but expectations were
exceeded for everyone, including for the members of Team IOU!

1st Place Bloody Mary
2nd Place Bloody Mary
7th Place Chicken
7th Place Ribs

Final Table Brisket
$12,385 raised for scholarships at BBQ Austin 2016.


THANK YOU to all that helped with these outstanding achievements! We can't wait for next year!

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2015
October - Sine Die, Cooking For A Cause
             
 
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Sine Die Smokers - Cooking For A Cause
BBQ Party And Fundraiser
Benefitting KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research
Austin, Texas

 

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October - HCCO Hill Country State Championship
             
 
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HCCO Hill Country State Championship
BBQ Cook Off
Benefitting HCCO Community Projects
Lockhart, Texas

 

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September - Recess On The River Cook-Off
             
 
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Recess On The River
BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting CCA "Meals On Wheels"
Smithville, Texas


Chicken - 10th Place
Ribs - Final Table
Beans - Final Table

 

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June - Bandera Riverfest
             
 
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Bandera Riverfest
BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting The Bandera Business Association
Bandera, Texas


Brisket - 7th Place
Chicken - 9th Place
Beans - Final Table

 

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May - Bentwood BBQ Bash
             
 
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Bentwood BBQ Bash
BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting Texas Firewalkers
Georgetown, Texas


Beans - 1st Place
Chicken - 6th Place
Bloody Mary - 4th Place and 7th Place
Brisket - Final Table
Ribs - Final Table
Cooks Choice - Final Table


 

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April - Smokin Hot Blue Santa BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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Smokin Hot Blue Santa
BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting Round Rock Operation Blue Santa
Round Rock, Texas


Chicken - 4th Place

 

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March - Star Of Texas Fair & Rodeo BBQ Cook-Off
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Benefiting STFR Scholarship Fund • Austin, Texas

"This Ain't Our First Rodeo! (it's our second)" was the phrase
on the chalkboard that welcomed this years' guests to the
IOU BBQ tent. And with that, they were then served some
delicious plates of that award winning IOU barbecue. Though
the weather brought rain, it did not dampen the spirits of the
team or keep the crowds away. The line was out the door!
Along with raising $6,876 for the STFR Scholarship Fund,
IOU helped set a New Grand Total Record of $326,000 for the Scholarship fund. But that's not all. When they went to the award ceremony Team IOU came away with:
1st Place Bloody Mary, 6th Place Bloody Mary,
4th Place Brisket
, 7th Place Brisket,
14th Place Beans
, and 22nd Place Ribs.
A major thank you to all of the fans, friends, and sponsors
for the support, and HATS OFF to all of the hard working
team members of IOU BBQ.     A JOB WELL DONE!

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January - Old School House BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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Old School House
BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting The Red Rock Community Center
Red Rock, Texas


Beans - 5th Place

Ribs - Final Table

 

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January - COTY Barbecue Cook-Off
             
 
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COTY BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting Lonestar Barbecue Society
Burnet, Texas


And so we begin our new competitive cooking season with a little added comfort.

 


 
             
2014
September - Hill Country State Championship BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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Hill Country State Championship
BBQ Cook Off
Benefiting Austin Area Ronald Mc Donald House
Buda, Texas


Pulled Pork - Final Table

 

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August - The IOU Foundation - The Boon Group Picnic
             
 
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The Boon Group Picnic
at Star Hill Ranch

Benefiting The IOU Foundation
Bee Cave, Texas

 

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July - The IOU Foundation - HEB Grand Re-Opening
             
 
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The IOU Foundation
HEB Grand Re-Opening

Cedar Park, Texas

 

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July - K-Town Yeti fest BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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K-Town Yeti Fest BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Kosciusko Athletic Association
Kosciusko, Texas

Bloody Mary - 1st Place

 

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June - Bandera Riverfest
             
 
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Bandera Riverfest
Benefiting Bandera Business Association
Bandera, Texas

Bloody Mary (1) - Final Table
Bloody Mary (2) - Final Table
Pulled Pork - Final Table
Salsa - Final Table

 

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June - Bentwood BBQ Bash
             
 
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Bentwood BBQ Bash
Benefiting Texas Firewalkers
Georgetown, Texas

Bloody Mary - 4th Place
Beans - Final Table

 

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May - The IOU Foundation - Texas Military Forces Museum
             
 
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1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
The Texas Military Forces Museum
Camp Mabry, Texas

 

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May - The IOU Foundation - Central Texas Purple Heart Association
             
 
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The IOU Foundation
Central Texas Purple Heart Association

Driftwood, Texas

 

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May - The IOU Foundation - The Do Gooder Games 2014
             
 
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The IOU Foundation
The Do Gooder Games 2014

Benefiting Young Professionals Network of Austin
Austin, Texas

Judges Choice Award - 1st Place
Overall Competition - 3rd Place

 

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May - Sine Die BBQ Cook-Off
             
 
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Sine Die Cook-Off & Fundraiser
Benefiting KK125
Austin, Texas

Bloody Mary - 1st Place
Ribs - 2nd Place
Jackpot - 3rd Place

 

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April - Smokin' Hot Blue Santa BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Smokin Hot Blue Santa BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Round Rock Operation Blue Santa
Round Rock, Texas

Blue Santa is a non-profit organization that was established in 1978 for the purpose of providing food and toys to under privileged families at Christmas time. It is funded entirely by the community in the form of generous donations from businesses, schools and individuals. This was their first attempt to raise money for their organization with a BBQ Cook-Off, and IOU BBQ jumped at the chance to be a part of it. They, along with 56 teams from around the state, showed up to make the event a state qualifier and a certain success. The organizers of the event made sure that everything went according to planned, and allowed all of the teams to have a great time. The guys from IOU were fortunate enough to get to the Final Table with their Chicken. They were also able to take some time to visit with their guests and supporters as well as introduce some new comers to the sweet addiction of slow cooked Texas BBQ.

 

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March - Star Of Texas Fair & Rodeo BBQ Cook-Off
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Benefiting STFR Scholarship Fund • Austin, Texas
After a VERY busy weekend of cooking, competing, entertaining, and fundraising at the Star Of Texas Fair & Rodeo BBQ Cook-Off, Team IOU BBQ came away with 6th Place Bloody Mary, 2nd Place Bloody Mary, Rookie Team of the Year and raised $4,328 for the STFR Scholarship Fund. Despite the weather, the team stepped it up and braved the thunder & lightning, the cold blowing rain, and the continuous dropping temperatures, to show all of their guests a terrific time. The compliments just kept on coming, from the tent decor, to the mouth watering brisket and barbecue sauce, to the 5 star customer service! And, they could not have asked for a better welcome from all of the fellow competitors. Sincerest thanks to all of their guests, volunteers, team members and sponsors. Without you the event would not have been possible. Because of you, IOU BBQ was able to raise over four thousand dollars, which combined with the fundraising from all of the other hard working competitive cooking teams, made a Grand Total of more than $290,000, to be awarded as scholarships to deserving Texas students.
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February - Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

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Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Stony Point FFA
Round Rock, Texas

In anticipation of numerous guests arriving to support them, Team iou set up shop at the parking lot's edge of the Dell Diamond in the Bad To The Bone Cook-Off. It was the first chance the team had to try out the new smoker box that they had installed in the off season, and the first chance that they had to experiment with the new smoke stack, and air flow modifications. Both turned out to be positive improvements for the guys, but both are going to require some getting used to and more practice, as they were unable to place in the meat categories. Humor, as usual, was on the top of their priority list, and although the cooks were able to come away from the awards ceremony with an 8th place in Beans, their guests seemed to take center stage with their fluorescent personalities.

 
         
January - Old School House BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Old Schoolhouse BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting The Red Rock Community Center
Red Rock, Texas

After taking a 6 month hiatus to focus on helping their non-profit organization, The IOU Foundation, the cooks of iou bbq returned to competition on the outskirts of Red Rock, Texas at the Old Schoolhouse BBQ Cook-Off. The competitive teams numbered 54. The temperatures numbered in the 20's! It was definity a challenge to stay warm, but was quite easy to remember tending the fire. Savana Belle held her own through the bitter wintery temps, maintaining an even temperature, and giving the guys some great results. In addition to the meat and beans categories, team iou decided to enter the salsa, margarita, and chilli categories, which kept them busy from beginning to end. The event iteself was well organized and provided a great master of ceremonies and very entertaining auctioneer at their award ceremony. The guys came away from the event, satisfied and eager to return. Their efforts brought them to the Final Table with Beans, Ribs, and Margaritas.

 

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2013
July - Dam Red Barn BBQ & Chili Cook-Off
         
 

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Dam Red Barn BBQ & Chili Cook-Off
Benefiting Comal County Junior Livestock Association,
The ALS Association, and Texas Tolbert Chili Group

Canyon Lake, Texas

The Dam Red Barn, located just behind the Canyon Lake Dam, hosted its 10th Annual Chili and BBQ Cook-Off. This was Team iou's first time to participate in the event, which brought 63 teams together to compete. Although Chili is a favorite of the team and their fans, they opted out of that part of the competition, and instead focused their efforts toward Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, and Beans. Each of the iou cooks worked through the night and were pleased with all of their dishes. They had hoped to find some success with their turn-in's, however, the only thing that they were successful with at the award ceremony was evening out their sun tans.

 
         
June - Bandera Riverfest & Cook-Off
         
 

Bandera Riverfest & Cook-Off
Benefiting The Bandera Business Association
Bandera, Texas

iou bbq rolled out to the Hill Country and set up on the banks of the Medina River for their 16th Annual Riverfest.  The event raises money for the expense of lighting supplies and electricity for the City Park Christmas Wonderland Trail of Lights.  This year's cook-off brought its most teams yet topping 51, and brought the event, for the first time, into the category of a National Championship Qualifier!  This was also the first year for the Lonestar Barbecue Society to team up with the fine folks of the Bandera Business Association.  As usual, Riverfest ran smooth as could be and brought entertainment and barbecue for the masses.  The spectators, and cooks alike, braved temperatures of 106 throughout the weekend, but were undeterred from enjoying the floating parade, awesome car show, numerous vendors, and creative water sports.  Team iou found themselves with some joy of their own, by taking their Chicken all the way to the Final Table, and were awarded 9th Place Bloody Mary.

 

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April - Melody Oaks Ranch - BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
         
 

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Melody Oaks Ranch BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
Benefiting The American Cancer Society
Priddy, Texas

It was the 11th Annual Cook Off & Tractor Pull for Melody Oaks Ranch, and the iou bbq cooks were proud to again be a part of raising money for the American Cancer Society - Comanche County Relay For Life.  The event brought tractors, hot rods, cookers, musicians and barbecue aficionado's together under the Texas stars and among the rolling hills of enormous live oaks.  The competitive cooking teams numbered 123 this year, and brought teams from as far away as Victoria, Texas.  Team iou wasn't able to impress the judges at the event, but had fun nonetheless.  Upon completion of their competition, the cooks joined their fans for some Hot Rod and Tractor Pulling, only to be followed by dusting up their boots on the outdoor dance floor to the tunes of Danny Edwards & Friends, Creed Fisher, Johnny Cooper, and Huntsville's Own - Cody Johnson Band.

 
         
March - Star Of Texas Fair, Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off
         
 
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Star Of Texas Fair, Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting STFR Scholarship Fund
Austin, Texas

It was another banner year for team iou as part of the Sine Die Smokers out at the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo!
The team contributed to their corner of the BBQ Cook Off by serving the public endless amounts of Sausage, Ribs,
Brisket, Chicken, Steak, Pork, Frito Pies, Beer, Soft Drinks, and of course their Award Winning, and highly
sought after, Bloody Mary's!  As in years past, their efforts were rewarded with a non-stop flow of supporters
zig-zagging through their tent and out the entrance. Come Sunday, the rewarded efforts continued with
multiple trips to the podium at the awards ceremony. This year's take home hardware included:

Bloody Mary:
 
1st Place, 2nd Place, 5th Place
Ribs:
 
15th Place
Jackpot:
 
3rd Place, 6th Place, 20th Place
Hospitality:
 
1st Place
Fundrasing:
 
2nd Place - Over $48,000
Brisket:
 
7th Place & 10th Place

With contributions from the Sine Die Smokers along with more than 60 competitive cooking teams,
the Star of Texas Committee was able to award $484,000 in scholarships to 45 students!


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February - Bad To The Bone Cook-Off
         
 

Bad To The Bone Cook-Off
Benefiting Stony Point FFA
Round Rock, Texas

With fear filled memories of last year's "monsoon-like" conditions, team iou returned to the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas doing their version of the "anti-rain dance". Although presenting the guys with cool temperatures in the evenings, Mother Nature was quite generous to the team, and their guests, in the daylight hours. When loading in, the guys quickly found comfort in their familiar location on the edge of the cooking grounds. They were joined this year by new comers (and life-long friends of the iou cooks), the rookie team known as Puff Puff Pig. With big laughs and great memories shared between the two camps, Team iou stuck to its usual routine of cooking through the night and into the next day; but not without assistance from their favorite second wind in a bottle, 5-Hour Energy! Aside from their Brisket, which suffered due to a small temp gauge malfunction, the team turned in what they thought were some pretty good dishes. The judges agreed with them on one of their items, and awarded iou a 7th place for their Beans. Fun was had by all throughout the weekend, and the guys have already begun discussing next year's cook-off, and are hoping that Puff Puff Pig caught the "competition bug" and will again be joining them.

 
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January - LSBS C.O.T.Y. Cook-Off
         
 

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LSBS C.O.T.Y. Cook-Off
Austin, Texas

A new year...a familiar cook-off. Team iou arrived on site just before sundown. Their home base wound up being the same spot as the previous year (right along side the edge of the go-cart track) of which provided them some free entertainment when "Dalton" arrived to take some practice laps with his souped up Racing Go-Cart. The weather edged to this side of remarkable, aside from some chilli temps through the late night and into the early morning. After enjoying some great conversations and huge laughs among the 64 camp sites, the guys fired up the grill and got to work. As is the norm, they cooked through night and watched the sun rise over the smoke filled cooking grounds. Each returned to their normal tasks, after nearly a 3 month long holiday break, and focused on cooking and entering their competition dishes. Despite their best efforts, the team was not invited by the judges to make "the walk". They did manage to come away with some cash from the award ceremony, with Jeff's ticket for the 50/50 raffle being drawn from the fish bowl as the prize winner. Hats off to the Cookers Of The Year for 2012, and team iou is looking forward to seeing you down the road for the cooking season of 2013.

 
         
2012
September - Wimberly Bull Riding & Cook-Off
         
 

Wimberley Bull Riding & Cook-Off
Wimberley, Texas

The team decided to try something different in September, by planning TWO events in the same weekend. Nope, it was not a mistake. Beginning on Thursday, iou set up in Austin for a fundraising event, and served to the public starting around lunchtime Friday. After serving more than 200 plates of their much sought after barbecue, the team packed it all in and quickly hit the road toward Wimberley. Upon arriving, the already tired trio, set up another camp and fired up Savana Belle for round two of the weekend. Despite their best efforts, the team was unsuccessful in making it to the awards podium. They were, however, not swayed from joining the fun at the Bull Riding Competition. It was there that they found themselves as part of the entertainment, when Jeff decided to briefly join the rodeo circuit by way of the "Calf Scramble". Needless to say, he doesn't have any new belt buckles, and is still wearing his apron.

 
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September - UT Tailgate
         
 

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University of Texas vs. Wyoming
Austin, Texas

As in seasons past, Team iou showed up in downtown Austin for the kick-off of UT Football 2012. They were supported by their usual suspects, but also acquired some new tailgating friends. Beginning early Saturday morning, the team's tailgate party was invaded by 2 television news crews, which spent the majority of the day documenting their every move, and interviewing the guys and their guests, from time to time. Although they did make the small screen several times throughout the day, nobody came running over, asking them for their autographs. On the football side of things, the Longhorn proved themselves a team to be reckoned with, when they put a pounding on Wyoming with a final score of 37-17. Hook em!

 
         
June - Bandera Riverfest & Cook-Off
         
 

Bandera Riverfest & BBQ Cook-Off
Bandera, Texas

Back to Bandera, for the car show, the floating parade, and the friendly people. Team iou returned to one of their favorite competitions of the year - Bandera Reverfest! The weather was just barely a degree or two beneath last year's sweltering heat, but that didn't interfere with the fun to be had. The guys cooked through the night and into the following day; having entered every category of the bbq competition. Their undivided attention to the grill was required, but was also occassionally broken up with trips down to the water for a cool-off and the taste testing of their ice cold Yucca Flavored Margarita's. Their efforts were rewarded by the judges, with 3rd Placed Bloody Mary's and a trip to the Final Table with their Ribs.

 

 
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April - Triple Crown BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

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Triple Crown BBQ Invitational
Hutto, Texas

Just north of Austin, The Rotary Club of Hutto held its 2012 BBQ invitational. Team iou found themselves among some familiar faces; several of which they had last seen at the LSBS Cooker Of The Year BBQ Cook-Off. Their talents were immediately put to the test by the competitors that surrounded them, as well as local family and friends, that showed up to chow down on any of the remaining BBQ that did not find its way to the judges table. Their hard work produced the results of happy guests, extinguished appetites, and a trip to the podium, by the the team's rookie, for 8th Place Beans.

 
         
March - Melody Oaks Ranch BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
             
 
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Melody Oaks Ranch
BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull

Priddy, Texas

Tucked among the big oaks of the Melody Oaks Ranch, iou entertained family and friends while taking the chance to complete in one of their favorite yearly cook-offs. Aside from making it to the Semi-Final Table with their Ribs, victory was not in the cards for the team. That didn't stop them, however, from having a complete blast.

The weekend was filled with entertainment, from the Tractor Pull, to a Live Stoney Larue Concert, to the "glowing" personality of the team's rookie. Another great time, and another scheduled event already marked on next year's calendar!

 
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March - Star Of Texas Fair, Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Star of Texas Fair, Rodeo, & BBQ Cook-Off
Austin, Texas

As ongoing team members of the Sine Die Smokers, Team iou contributed to serving up the best barbecue at the cook-off. With a growing reputation for serving award winning barbecue, the crowds returned to the red and white striped tent. In an effort to accomodate the larger demand, the Sine Die Smokers doubled the size of their tent space, hoping to give their supporters a little more room. But still the crowded lines weaved back and forth under their new tent, out the entry, and down the alley. It was obvious that their popularity has continued to grow.

The great news didn't stop there. The team was also able to impress the judges by walking away with 1st Place Brisket , 1st Place Hospitality and
1st Place Fundraising, 7th Place Chicken, 13 Place Brisket and 14th Place Brisket. With help from the tip jar, sponsors and hard work from team members, The Sine Die Smokers raised over $77,000 dollars for the STFR Scholarship Fund.

 

 
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March - Savana Belle Gets a Face Lift
         
 

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Savana Belle Gets a Face Lift
Austin, Texas

The work continues to keep Savana Belle in tip top shape. This year's modifications included, redesigning the flag poles, modifying the sliding shelves, relocating the spare tire, adding a new deck, adding new beverage holders, redesigning and rebuilding all of the wood surfaces, adding a new sound system box, adding an internal drip plate, and giving the ole girl a fresh paint job.

Special Thanks to Steve Little for his welding specialties!
 
         
February - Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Stony Point FFA
Round Rock, Texas

Team iou returned to the Dell Diamond, to compete in the Stony Point FFA fundraiser. Much like two years earlier, the weather prediction was for a weekend full of rain. The team and their guests were not swayed from attending the event, but did find themselves battling the worst and longest term of rain and wind since they started competing. Much of their time was spent holding down the canopies that provided them shelter from the ongoing storm, and taking turns tending the grill in the rain. They were successful in making it through the weekend, and cooking some excellent food, but were unable to make it to the trophy table.

 

 
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January - LSBS C.O.T.Y. Cook-Off
         
 

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LSBS C.O.T.Y. BBQ Cook-Off
Austin, Texas

The new year got started with the end of the old year. Just off of Interstate 35 on the north side of Austin, iou joined up with the best cookers of the 2011 season to compete in the LSBS sponsored champioinship. This was also their opportunity to introduce to the league, their newest member of the team, Johnny Jones. "The Rookie" was put to the test right away with completeing a "Shot Gunned" beverage upon arrival, as well as the responibility of tending the fire through the night. The fire watch duty went well. The beverage challenge, on the other hand, was halfway successful and will likely need some practice. The team was unable to make the board at the event, but had a great time breaking in the pit for the season, and the new guy for the team.

 
         
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November - UT Tailgate
         
 

University of Texas vs Texas Tech
Austin, Texas

The "home game" schedule vs. the "bbq competition" schedule, made hosting their tailgate parties quite a challenge this year, and limited their Downtown Austin presence to just one home game for the entire 2011 season. Yes there was a smaller number of tailgate parties, but the number of iou / UT fans wasn't small at all. The large turnout, at their UT vs. Tech tailgate party, gave team iou a chance to give a huge Thank You to their family and friends for their continued support throughout the year. The Texas Longhorns gave iou a chance to celebrate a victory with their guests.

Final score: UT 52 - Texas Tech 20

 

 
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October - National Championship Cook-Off
         
 

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National Championship Cook-Off
Meridian, Texas

The "invitation only" National Championship Cook-off brought 192 teams to the event. The prize money totaled more than $20,000. The team of iou bbq showed up a day early to get their "place in line" which put them as the 31st team to enter the Bosque Bottoms Fairgrounds. With the extra set up and cooking time, they were confident that they would make a better showing than last year...they were wrong. Although they cooked through the night as planned, and turned in entries for all three categories, they were unsuccessful in earning any points with the judges. Despite not taking home any of the prize money or awards from the event, iou was proud to have qualified and been a part of the competition for their second year, and hope that they are fortunate enough to earn another invitation next year.

A Sincere Congrats to the Grand Champion, Amber King and the Reserve Champion, Anthony Hernandez!

 
         
October - Manorfest Cook Off & Talgate Party
         
 

Manorfest Cook-Off
Benefiting The Manor Lions Club
Manor, Texas

In the side streets of downtown Manor, Texas, the Lions Club held their annual BBQ Cook-off, Car Show, and Festival. Among the BBQ competitive cookers was
iou, and their University of Texas football friendly fans. Combining their love for UT football, and barbeque competition, team iou hosted a tailgate party at the Manor BBQ Cook-off; complete with their traditional community blended Yucca beverage, UT gear, and JT's enormous blow-up television screen.

Fans, team-mates, and fellow competitors, had loads of fun, and enjoyed a beautiful weather weekend, while cooking, eating, and watching the football game, "drive-in style".

Team iou took part in much of the Tailgate Party as usual, but also found themselves among the winners at the bbq competition, coming away with: 5th Place Chicken, 7th Place Brisket, and 5th Place People's Choice

The team tipped their hats to the judges, and threw out an extra special THANK YOU to all of their fans that helped with serving the public at Manorfest.

 
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September - Labor Day Cook-Off
         
 

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Labor Day BBQ Cook-Off
Pasadena, Texas

The place was Pasadena, the time was Labor Day weekend, and the competition was tough! Just like last year, Pasadena proved itself to be a the competition that sent iou bbq home empty handed in the awards department, but filled with thanks in the fans department. Braving the temperatures of an ongoing brutal summer, fans comprised of family and friends from the east side of Texas, showed up in great numbers to feast on some of their favorite smoked meals from iou. The entire weekend was filled with old friends, sharing new times.

With 118 teams competing, the best of the best showed up again and gave it their all. Although they were unable to impress the judges, iou had the chance to be witness to something not often seen and, quite remarkable, among the bbq competition circuit; A Clean Sweep! The fellow competitive team known as "We Be Smokin", with head cook Don Canterbury, was able to wow the judges with their much sought after recipes and took FIRST PLACE IN ALL THREE of the main meat categories of Brisket, Chicken, and Ribs. A feat never overlooked by those that take pride in competing. A sincere congratulations goes out to team "We Be Smokin" from team iou, along with an admiration and a goal worth striving for.

 
         
June - Bandera Riverfest and BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Bandera Riverfest and BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Bandera Business Association
Bandera, Texas

Nestled up along the banks of the Medina River, the cooks of iou bbq found themselves among horses, ducks, and competitive cookers, at The Cowboy Capital of the World - Bandera, Texas. It was a small town atmosphere, with big town competitors! The categories of Bandera Riverfest 2011 ranged from "Show Cars", to "Idol Voices", to "Anything That Floats". Of course, the reason that iou came to town, was for the category of "BBQ Cook-Off". It was their first time to compete in Bandera, and the team showed up eager to get to business. As is the norm, iou entered Chicken, Ribs, and Brisket. But they were also offered, and jumped at, the opportunity to enter the categories of Bloody Mary, Beans, and Margarita. After having spent the last several cook-offs watching their friendly competitors take home the hardware, this cook-off provided a very welcomed outcome for team iou.

Their efforts were long, hot, and smoky and their rewards were numerous. By ceremonies' end, the judges final decisions resulted in team iou going home with: 2nd Place Bloody Mary, 4th Place Beans, 9th Place Chicken, 10th Place Ribs, 1st Place Best Pit, 1st Place Brisket, and Grand Champion!

 

 
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May - 1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
         
 

1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
Austin, Texas

Despite temperatures topping 100, the crowds still came out to see the show. Company G held nothing back for the capacity packed stands, giving the crowd a lesson on weaponry, war, and their skill of re-enacting the Close Assault of 1944. The iou bbq team continued with its usual role of feeding both Company G and their spectators. By all accounts, it seems the grub was well received, with no leftovers...again!

 

 
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April - Melody Oaks Ranch - BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
         
 

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Melody Oaks Ranch BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
Benefiting The American Cancer Society
Priddy, Texas

As was the case 1 year earlier, 123 competitive cooking teams showed up to smoke with the best of em' at the Melody Oaks Ranch. Merely a few miles from the raging Texas Wildfires, the folks of Melody Oaks and Priddy, Texas again showed their tremendous hospitality to the cooks that traveled from near and far, by going forward with the event as planned; despite the nearby threat of Mother Nature. With extreme caution and concern being added to their competition, the cooks of iou trimmed em', seasoned em', and smoked em', with winds exceeding 40 mph throughout the weekend. By late Saturday afternoon, the team was eager to head up to the awards ceremony, not only for a chance of winning a prize or two, but also to escape the continuous winds. By ceremony's end, the team came away with their Ribs making it to the Semi Finals. With the competition side of things behind them, team iou and their supporters spent the rest of the weekend taking in some exceptional Live Music from the Casey Donahew Band, and viewing the spectacular Tractors, Trucks, and Speedsters, as they dug their way through the Texas Dirt of Melody Oaks Ranch! It was another blast, that is sure to be shared again, same time next year!!!.

 
         
March - Star Of Texas Fair, Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Star Of Texas Fair, Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting STFR Scholarship Fund
Austin, Texas

Again this year, iou bbq proudly participated in this incredible fundraising event as part of the Sine Die Smokers. Unlike last year, the weather brought an abundance of sunshine and a never ending flow of barbeque fans! Throughout the entire weekend, a line could be seen snaking its' way from the serving counter, all the way out the front gates of the Sine Die tent, and into the pedestrian walking area. Their tip jars exceeded the previous record, by totaling more than 8 thousand dollars. And just when you thought that might be enough of an accomplishment for this year, there was more to come. With each and every competition category that the team entered, they came away with at least one item on the Final Table or better. When it came time for the awards ceremony, Sunday afternoon, the Sine Die Smokers managed to do the unthinkable and top last season by coming away with not only another Most Original Rig Presentation, but also their most awards ever!

Bloody Mary:
 
1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, 12th Place
Chicken:
 
17th Place, 23rd Place
Ribs:
 
3rd Place, 11th Place
Beans:
 
8th Place
Jackpot:
 
4th Place, 11th Place
Hospitality:
 
1st Place
Fundrasing:
 
2nd Place - Over $39,000
Brisket:
 
8th place


 

 
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February - Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

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Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Stony Point FFA
Round Rock, Texas

And so a new season begins for iou bbq. Among 67 competitive smokers, the team and many of its' supporters, rolled up to the beautiful Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas; ready to get to the business of smokin'!!! With family and friends from as far away as Dickinson,Texas showing up to kick-off the 2011 season of competition cooking, the iou team cooked through the night and on into the next evening. Guests found themselves throwing washers, dodging the kids as they ran through camp, and throwing back "birthday shots" with Stephan (celebrating the big 21!). While tending the grill, the cooks were able to cut loose and laugh to the extent of belly aching with their supporters, and pleasingly came away from the weekend with a trip to the Final Table with their Ribs.

Elbow to elbow in the big guys camp, was their junior team U O Me BBQ, who made a name for themselves among the competitors of the Youth Division, by taking
4th place and 8th place with their Chicken.

 
         
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November - 1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
         
 

1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
Austin, Texas

Feeding Company G of the 36 IMP Division for the Texas Military Forces Museum, is an honor and a pleasure for iou bbq. The Company is filled with highly skilled and dedicated members, that take time from their busy schedules to share their experience and knowledge with the public. iou takes great pride in serving Company G, and the spectators of their re-enactment. The event takes place twice a year at Camp Mabry and brings Company G members together from mulitple states throughout the nation. Open to the public, the military display is both entertaining and educational. A great family outing, a "must see" for the military buff, and a "holy cow, did you see that?" for the fortunate spectators.

 
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October - National Championship BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

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National Championship BBQ Cook-Off
Meridian, Texas

It was the first "invitation only" cook-off that iou bbq had ever qualified for. They, along with 212 award winning teams, met up at the Bosque Bottoms Fairgrounds, in Meridian, to compete for over $17,000 of cash prize money in the National Championship Cook-off. The teams were serious, the rigs were fancy, and the competition was fierce. There was live music, a tractor pull, and an antique car show for the hungry patrons, that weaved their way through the rows and rows of competitive cookers, who had their eyes on the prize money and their hearts on the bragging rights. Unlike previous cook-offs, the categories of competition only included brisket, ribs, and chicken; all of which iou had submitted entries for. The award ceremony came around in its usual way, late Saturday afternoon, and the team joined hundreds of cooks to hear the results of the judging. They weren't fortunate enough to have impressed the judges to the point of taking home the big prize money, but iou bbq did come away with their Chicken and Ribs both making it to the Quarter Finals. It was a fine ending to a great rookie year of competitive cooking!

 
         
September - UT Tailgate
         
 

University of Texas vs Wyoming
Austin, Texas

Football Season FINALLY arrived, and the "Tailgate Season" was kicked off with a big bang! Two flat screen TVs, one twelve foot blow up screen, one private port-o-potty, three briskets, two chickens, ten pounds of sausage, one round of yucca juice, one round of vodka punch, numerous servings of tortilla rolls, one tray of potato salad, two batches of corn bread, and two cupcakes from Hey Cupcake, made for one heck of a great time!!! The weather wasn't quite what you would call "football weather" (upper 90's), but that didn't stop all of the family and friends from coming out to cheer on the Longhorns through their first home game of the season. Final score: UT 34 - Wyoming 7

 
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September - Labor Day BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

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Labor Day BBQ Cook-Off
Pasadena, Texas

The cooks of iou bbq had to take a back seat at this one, as their junior team, U O Me BBQ brought home the awards!!! With the big guys competeing against 115 teams and walking away with none of the prize money, the little guys decided to step it up a notch. Competeing in their first cook-off, Josh and Joey Hewitt, also known as U O Me BBQ, challenged 60 kids teams at the Labor Day Cook-Off, entering two pork chops and two sets of baby back ribs. While the
iou team was entertaining their many guests that had come out to support them, the U O Me team was waiting with anticipation at their awards ceremony. When all was said and done, they came away with a 5th place and 8th place for their Pork Chops, and made it to the Final Table with both sets of Ribs.

 
         
August - Savana Belle Turns 1 yr. Old!
   
Happy Birthday Savana Belle!!!

No cook-offs for the team this month, but there was still cause for celebration. The barbecue smoker, of which the team has dubbed
Savana Belle, is now 1 year old. Instead of having a party with balloons, party hats, and cake, the team thought it would be better (and not quite so weird) to bring the grill in for a "check-up" and a "make-over".... improvements include: new shelves for the firebox, new safety chain hook-ups, a new covered shelf on the front, a fresh coating of schlack on the prep table, and a new 2nd tier interior shelf complete with sliding trays.

Special thanks to Madison and Wade for their help.
   
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July - Cedar Park Chopper
         
 

Cedar Park Chopper
Cedar Park, Texas

With the cook-off being located just minutes north of Austin, the team felt like they might have some kind of a "home field" advantage. The judges, however, thought otherwise. Among more than 50 teams in a pasture just outside of the Cedar Park Center (home of the Texas Stars), iou bbq braved temperatures near 100 and entered the categories of Brisket, Chicken, Ribs and the "Open". The "Open" category gave the team a chance to try something new. They worked through the night creating a homemade pasta called Brizziolli. The dish required numerous hours of preperation including home-made noodles, smoked brisket, smoked italian sausage, and a 15 hour slow-brewed Sobono Pasta Sauce. Upon completion, the team would rather have eaten the dish than turned it into the Judges, but were thankful that they had, when they later learned that the only item of their entries to make it to the Final Table was their Brizziolli.

 
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July - Lampasas Spring Ho
         
 

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Lampasas Spring Ho
Lampasas, Texas

The team arrived in Lampasas just in time to take the last parcel of dry land that had been designated for 62 competitive bbq cooking teams. As has been the case with many previous cook-offs this year, the Texas skies opened up with "another rain storm" leading all they way up to the starting hour of the cook-off. Without hesitation, iou bbq rolled onto the muddy grounds, quickly fired up the grill and got to the business of bbq competition. They entered the usual meat categories of chicken, ribs, and brisket but also decided to compete in the appetizer category. By the end of the award ceremony, iou bbq had accomplished something that they had yet to accomplish before, by placing 9th with Chicken, and making it to the Final Table with Appetizer, Ribs, and Brisket. This was the first time that the team had made it to the Final Table, or better, in every category that they had entered. This was also their first time to table or place with chicken.

 
         
June - Chisolm Trail Rounup BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Chisolm Trail Roundup BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting the Round-up Endowed Scholarship Fund
Lockhart, Texas

For two days leading up to the event, the Texas rain clouds opened up again, this time flooding out the grounds for which the cook-off was to be held. Not to be defeated, the organizers scrambled and re-located the event to higher ground just as the cooks, campers, and bbq smokers, rolled into the park. Positioned carefully and closely in between four other teams,
iou rushed to set up in their new location. Thankfully, the weather turned much drier, and they were able to get their grill fired up on time and ready to compete in the usual categories of chicken, ribs and brisket. Unlike previous events, the team entered another category, by sponsoring a couple of friends to compete in a Horse Shoe Tournament. And although hopes were high and the team threw their shoes well, they were outdone by some seasoned and masterful horse shoe players. On the cooking side of things, all went well, and the cooks felt comfortable and confident with every entry. At days end on Saturday, they braved the heat awaiting the chance to hear their numbers called, until finally the judges surprised iou bbq with a placement in a category they had yet to place before...8th Place Ribs out of 94 teams.

 

 
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May - 1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
         
 

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1944 Close Assault Re-enactment
Camp Mabry National Guard
Memorial Day
Austin, Texas

On Memorial Day Weekend, 2010, the iou bbq team was asked to serve Company G re-enactors of the 36 IMP Division for the Texas Military Forces Museum. Open to the public, the popular show filled the seats for all performances, as the re-enactors took the time to educate their audiences on both the historical event as well as the weaponry and soldier uniforms that were used throughout the war. Each show was capped with a spectacular display of soldiers in action, complete with explosions, guns, working military vehicles and tanks. iou served the re-enactors a full meal each day, including sausage, chicken and their award winning brisket. In addition to feeding Company G, iou also tried their hand at selling to the public, and managed to SELL OUT of EVERYTHING both days. The team received so many compliments and such great reviews that they have already been asked to return on Veterans Day to serve it up again.

 
         
April - Goldthwaite State Championship BBQ & Goat Cook-Off
         
 

Goldthwaite State Championship BBQ & Goat Cook-Off
Goldthwaite, Texas

The team arrived to the cook-off grounds at sundown, and squeezed in between two friendly competitors to set up their camp before "another" rain storm rolled in. With the forecast of severe storms, and expected hail, the team cooked through a night of continual rain, but were fortunate enough to have escaped the really bad weather. By morning, only the wind remained, and the skies cleared for a great weekend of cooking fun. There were a total of 73 competitive teams, including
iou bbq. Like previous cook-offs, the categories included chicken, ribs and brisket, but this was the first time that iou tested their skills at cooking goat. Although all wound up tasting wonderful, the judges only award for iou bbq was a placement at the Final Table in Brisket.

 
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April - Melody Oaks Ranch - BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
         
 

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Melody Oaks Ranch BBQ Cook-Off & Tractor Pull
Benefiting The American Cancer Society
Priddy, Texas

There was a concert and dancing on both Friday and Saturday nights, along with tractors and tricked out trucks roaring down a dirt track. In the air above it all, was the fine aroma of smoked meat bellowing from the grills of 123 barbecue teams. iou stayed focused on the task at hand and turned in competition meat for the chicken, ribs, and brisket categories. As was the case in their previous competitions, they struck out with both the chicken and ribs. However, they waited patiently through the award ceremony for that very last numbered ticket to be called; the brisket winner. The announcer took no mercy on the skip-a-beat hearts that awaited those final four numbers; including those of iou bbq. When the last number was read, the team jumped to their feet and with knees wobbling, made their way to the stage to collect the 1st Place Brisket Award!.

 
         
March - Star Of Texas Fair, Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off
         
 

Star of Texas Fair, Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting STFR Scholarship Fund
Austin, Texas

This year more than 60 teams entered the cook-off. The
iou bbq team participated in the event as part of Sine Die Smokers. The weekend was non-stop action, from competition, to entertaining, to serving the public. The weather was great on Friday, but took a cold turn on Saturday. Despite the rain, winds of 50 mph, and the bone chilling temperatures, the Sine Die Smokers entered every competition category, and came away with their most awards ever at one cook-off, including: 2nd PLACE in Fundraising of more than 36 thousand dollars, 1 of only 4 Hospitality Awards, 3rd, 4th, and 5th PLACE in the Bloody Mary competition, 6th PLACE in the Jackpot, Most Original Rig Presentation and finally the most sought after prize of all cookers at the event, 1st PLACE IN BRISKET!!! Savana Belle has arrived!

 
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February - Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
         
 


 

Bad To The Bone BBQ Cook-Off
Benefiting Stony Point FFA
Round Rock, Texas

The event brought 50 teams, from the Central Texas Area, out to the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The weather was cool and damp throughout the weekend, but didn't stop family and friends from coming out to support
iou bbq in their first official team competition. The categories at which the team tried their cooking skills first, included chicken, ribs, brisket and jackpot (slow smoked king-fish). Everything looked delicious and tasted even better. After all was said and done, they were fortunate enough to make the Final Table in Brisket. A nice start to their rookie season. Fun was had by all, and for some reason, there weren't any leftovers.