Fallstown Chili, Brews & BBQ: Cooking for a cause

(Source:KAUZ)
(Source:KAUZ)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Fallstown Chili, Brews and Barbecue Cook-off is this weekend at the J.S. Bridwell Ag Center in Wichita Falls.

Friday steak and wings were on the chopping block, but the event is not just about smoking the competition, these teams are also cooking for a cause.

"It's probably one of the largest cook-offs here that we've ever tried to pull off here in Texoma," said Matt Yell, President and CEO of the North Texas United Way.

He said this is the first time the BBQ battle is firing up in the Falls.  

"We are hoping to do this on an annual basis and just keep growing it," he said.

United Way works to bring several programs here, like 2-1-1 Texas and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

"We're doing so many things in our area, really supporting thousands of families and kids in our community," Yell said. "This just brings awareness to those programs and financially it'll help support those programs," Yell said.

Something these grill masters are glad to do. About 50 cookers from all over the Lone Star state pulled up to help out. Like Roland Escobedo from Sanger, Texas.

"You know do something you love to help other people out," said Escobedo.

But make no miSTEAK about it, his squad Pancho and Lefty Steaks came to win. Something they have done before.

"We are blessed by God to win the World Championship in 2016," said Escobedo.

He adds their success is in the seasoning.

Other competitors feel they have the right sauce.

Steven McCarty from Mansfield came out with his son and brother. His team McCarty Q is competing both days.

McCarty said they came to win and believe their farm-raised chicken wings will do the trick.

The cook-off continues Saturday with the chicken, ribs, brisket, chili, beans and margarita competition. 

There will also be games and activities for the kiddos, vendors and a silent auction.

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