ANNUAL HOUSTON lIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ world’s championship BAR-B-QUE Contest WINNERS ANNOUNCED —Houston The smell of delicious barbecue filled the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds, Feb. 22 – 24, 2018, while more than 250 barbecue teams competed in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. On Saturday night, one team was named Overall Grand Champion Team — Buns-N-Roses Cook Team.


Jamie Geer was elated when his team’s name was called over the loud speaker as the recipient of the Grand Champion Overall Title. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Geer cooks for the Houston-based Buns-N-Roses Cook Team and has been in the barbecue industry for 30 years.


“This has been a fantastic experience,” Geer said. “I am so honored and excited to win for the second time. Everybody is going to be in trouble because here I am, a second-time champion, and you bet we will be coming back next year!”


Over the course of three days, teams from across Texas and the world competed for championship titles in the following categories: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Go Texan and Dutch Oven Dessert.


The 2018 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest winners are:
Grand Champion Overall – Buns-N-Roses Cook Team

Reserve Grand Champion Overall – Jasper County Go Texan



Champion – Buckshot BBQ

Second Place – Manning Valley Natural Smokers

Third Place – Steve’s Cooking Team



Champion – Buns-N-Roses Cook Team

Second Place – British Bulldog BBQ

Third Place – Operation BBQ Relief



Champion – The Tumble Inn

Second Place – Madison County Go Texan

Third Place – San Patricio County Go Texan


Go Texan

Grand Champion – Jasper County

Reserve Champion – Bee County


Dutch Oven Dessert

Champion – Lingon & Dill BBQ Team

Second Place – Comcast Business

Third Place – Smokin’ Stokers


Specialty Awards

Most Colorful Team – Floyd Morrow & Larkin

Runner Up Most Colorful Team – Over the Hill Gang

Go Texan Most Colorful Team – Grid Iron Cookers

Runner Up Go Texan Most Colorful Team – Nueces County

Most Unique Pit – Pit Boss

Runner Up Most Unique Pit – Clifton Chevy Cookers

Best Team Skit – Brazos County

Runner Up Best Team Skit – Bad Girls Gone Wild

Cleanest Team Area – Houston First

Runner Up Cleanest Team Area – Floyd Morrow & Larkin


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