big texas bbq

Big Texas BBQ, TouchDown Club of Dallas’ annual appetizer and rib cookoff benefiting The Ashford Rise School of Dallas, will take place in Fair Park on May 21. What started out as a friendly tailgate cookoff in an office parking lot has now grown into a fundraiser with up to 60 teams competing for Best Ribs, Appetizers and Best Tailgate; a kid’s zone, food trucks, and a day of live music headlined by Texas Music icon Gary P. Nunn.

Big Texas BBQ will also feature a Kid’s Bakeoff where the six classes from the Rise School will each create a dessert to pair with a selected ice cream from Howdy Homemade Ice Cream.

The BBQ Competition will be judged by six celebrity judges: Tootsie Tomanetz, Legendary Texas BBQ Pitmaster of Snow’s BBQ and BBQ Hall of Famer featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table: BBQ; Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor and the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue; Jeffrey Hobbs, Owner & Pitmaster Slow Bone BBQ; Jack Perkins, Maple & Motor Owner & BBQ legend, Doug Pickering, Owner & Pitmaster DWP BBQ and Douglas Bar and Grill opening in Snider Plaza in Spring 2022; and Marshall Prichard, Owner & Pitmaster Sammy’s BBQ.


General Admission All Day Pass: $50 (for guests 21+ and includes access to open bar)

VIP Table $1,500 – includes 10 All Day VIP Passes, reserved VIP table for evening concert (Gary P. Nunn), dinner for 10 guests and access to VIP bar


Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.



Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, 3750 The Midway, Dallas, TX 75215


For more information and tickets, visit the event website.