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BBQ Cook Off

Date: Sept 18 - Sept 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Out of an abundance of caution, the Comal County Fair Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the

17th Annual BBQ Cook-off September 18-20, 2020.

This includes the following events: BBQ Cook-off, Mutton Bustin, Stick Horse Races, Washer Pitching Tournament, Pig Wrangling, Farm Games, and the Best Dressed Western contest.

With the state of COVID-19 in our communities we feel that it is best to postpone this event. An alternate date is still TBD.

We appreciate your understanding, continued support, and we hope you and your family stay safe and well.

No decision has been made for the Comal County Fair and Rodeo. Please continue to check our website for further information.

17th Annual Comal County Fair

BBQ Cook Off

Saturday, September 19, 2020

All entry forms with entry fees for returning cookers must be received in the Fair office by July 24, 2020.

All spaces will be open to NEW cookers August 3

DEADLINE: August 31, 2020


Spaces are limited to the first 100 teams


Chairman: Sammy Sikes 210-389-4462 (C)

Co-Chairman:Jeff Bujnoch 830-237-9261 (C)

Location: Comal County Fair Grounds


  • BBQ - $150.00 per team
  • Jackpot Beans - $25.00 per entry. Limit one (1) per team. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!
  • Cook’s Choice Dessert- $25.00 per entry. Limit one (1) per team. Will be held Friday, September 18th!
  • RV Spaces - $30.00 per night. RV spaces are currently full. To be put on waiting list call the Fair Office at 830-625-1505.
  • Electricity - $25.00 for the weekend to be paid to the fair office for anyone using electricity and/or water that is not in an RV space.


PAYOUT FOR 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places in meats & bean categories.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in meat, and dessert categories.


Move In, Set-up, and Move Out Procedures:

1. Advanced Set-Up: Teams with large pits, RVs, large tents or port-o-potties may set-up only those items on Thursday September 17th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please enter off Common Street.

2. Advanced Set-Up must be requested in advance and must be noted on your entry form.

3. All spaces are 30’x 30’. All teams must remain with-in their designated spot. No encroachment on other space will be tolerated.This will be strictly enforced.

4. Any trailer or RV that does not fit within the designated spot must be removed to the back-parking lot. This decision will be at the discretion of the BBQ Committee and all decisions are final.

5. NO ALCOHOL will be allowed on the Fairgrounds during set up on Thursday September 17th.

6. No overnight camping will be allowed on September 17th.

7. No meat will be inspected on September 17th.

8. General setup will be available on Friday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, September 19th from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

9. All meat and beans entries should be in one vehicle to be inspected at the same time, not located in several vehicles.

10. Vehicles with few or small items will be asked to park in the dirt parking lot and hand carry the items to the team space (team should bring dollies and hand carts to assist in this process).

11. Only two (2) vehicles from each team will be allowed in the competition area to unload at one time.

12. On the day of set-up, vehicles will have a two (2) hour time limit to unload and may be disqualified if left in the competition area longer than two (2) hours.

13. All vehicles in the competition area should have an assigned placard to be placed in the vehicle windshield or dashboard with the name and contact number of the driver so that vehicles that impede setup may be moved quickly. Placard will be assigned at check-in gate by the BBQ-Committee and must be returned to the Fair office prior to the awards.

14. All vehicles exiting the competition area on Friday September 20th will do so by following the road on the back of the rodeo arena and exiting into the parking area near the Common Street.

15. All vehicles must be out of the cook-off area by 7 p.m. Friday September 19th.

16. Teams are welcome to start breakdown of their cooking site after the awards; however, Vehicles will not be allowed onto the competition area until 8:00pm Saturday. Vehicles will follow designated route to enter and exit the competition area.

17. All vehicles when exiting the competition area on Saturday will do so at the Grant Street exit gate.

Contest Rules and Regulations:

1. All teams must prepare their BBQ on-site. NO PRE-MARINATING OR PRE-COOKING.

2. All teams must furnish their own raw meat and cooking supplies.

3. All raw meat must be inspected on Friday September 19th. Any meat that has not been inspected will not be judged.

4. All entries, meat and beans should be in one vehicle to be inspected at the time, not located in several vehicles.

5. Jackpot Beans: Dry pinto beans only. Beans may be pre-soaked but not pre-seasoned.

6. Cook’s Choice Dessert: Must be all fresh ingredients, no store-bought boxes may be used.

7. Categories: Beef Brisket, Chicken Halves, Pork Spare Ribs, Jackpot Beans and Dessert (cooks choice).

8. Judging will begin on Saturday Sept. 20th at 10 a.m. with Beans, followed by Chicken Halves at 12 p.m., Pork Spare Ribs at 2 p.m., and Beef Brisket at 4 p.m.

9. Teams are to pick up their judging containers on Friday September 19th after the cooks meeting.

10. Head Cooks meeting will begin Friday September 19th at 7:00pm SHARP under the food court.

10. Prizes:

Trophies and payout for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs, and Chicken.

Plaques and ribbons for showmanship and jackpot money for Beans.

Cook’s Choice Dessert Rules

  1. Only one (1) entry will be accepted per team
  2. All desserts must be cooked on site and over a fire within the Comal County Fair Grounds. No prebaked entries will be accepted.
  3. Each dessert must be baked from scratch. No mixes or pre-made items are permitted (ex. Jell-O, Cool Whip, etc.).
  4. For health reasons, no desserts requiring refrigeration are allowed (ex. Cheesecake, ice cream)
  5. Each dessert entered will be required to provide a list of all ingredients on an official Comal County Fair page provided. (This will aid those with food allergies. The recipe is not needed just a list of ingredients).
  6. All dessert entries will be submitted in a judging tray provided by the CCFA and will be available under the food court on Friday from 4:00pm – 4:30pm.
  7. All dessert entries must fill the bottom part of the judging tray or by the half dozen or more (cookies, brownies).
  8. At the time of submission all desserts become the property of CCFA.
  9. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Saturday at the completion of the BBQ Judging.
  10. All dessert entries must be turned in on Friday by 6 p.m.

Alcohol Management

1. NO ALCOHOL will be allowed on the Fairgrounds during set up on Thursday September 19th.

2. Teams are allowed to bring 2-100qt ice chest worth of beer onto the grounds. Beer and ice will be available for purchase at the Fairgrounds.

3. Per TABC rules and the CCFA License, NO alcohol other than beer or wine is allowed on the grounds at any time.

4. Consumption of alcohol must stop at midnight on Friday, and 1am on Saturday.

5. Team conduct is the responsibility of the team captain/head cook.

6. Drunk and disorderly conduct by any team member or their guest is grounds for team disqualification and removal from grounds.

General Rules and Regulations

1. All spaces are 30’x30’. All team must remain with-in their designated spot. No encroachment on other spots will be tolerated.This will be strictly enforced.

2. Any trailer or RV that does not fit within the designated spot must be removed to the back-parking lot. This decision will be at the discretion of the BBQ Committee and all decisions are final.

3. No ground fires.

4. NO animal(s) of any kind WILL BE PERMITTED on Comal County Fair Grounds with the exception of service animals.


6. Music within your team area is allowed. HOWEVER, sound/stereo systems or LIVE music which interferes with announcements, entertainment, or other events sponsored by the CCFA or which intrude upon or interfere with the comfort of fellow contestants WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Offenders may receive up to 3 warnings from BBQ Committee officials and non-compliance will be grounds for disqualification.


8. ALL vehicles and trailers must be parked in outfield grass parking lot behind fair office. UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE.

9. Disorderly conduct or unruly behavior will not be tolerated. Teams will be disqualified and asked to leave the grounds immediately.

10. Each Head Cook will be responsible for the conduct of their team members and guests and keeping their area clean, including final departure clean-up.

11. All teams must enter the Fair Grounds from the Parking Entrance on Common Street.

Additional rules or regulations may be made as the situations warrant.

Additional rules or regulations may be made as the situations warrant. Decisions of the BBQ Cook Off officials are FINAL.

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