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TouchDown Club Of Dallas’ 8th Annual Big Texas BBQ benefiting the Ashford Rise School of Dallas

May 21, 2022

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 for the first time in 8 years. 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. “It’s my favorite day of the year in Dallas,” said Charles Polansky, Big Texas BBQ Chairman. “It’s spending an afternoon cooking BBQ, eating with family and friends, listening to great Texas music and most importantly - raising money for the Rise kids. We’re so excited to be hosting Big Texas BBQ at Fair Park this year and hope it continues to grow into one of North Texas’ signature barbecue events.” 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; Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor; Jeffrey Hobbs, Owner & Pitmaster Slow Bone BBQ; Jack Perkins, Maple & Motor Owner & BBQ legend, Doug Pickering, Owner & Pitmaster DWP BBQ ; and Marshall Prichard, Owner & Pitmaster Sammy’s BBQ.  Big Texas Live Music Schedule: 10:00 a.m.: Justin Pickard & The Thunderbird Winos - for more information, visit · 1:00 p.m.: Cash Byers & Big Valley - for more information, visit · 3:30 p.m.: Bandolero - for more information, visit · 6:00 p.m.: Gary P. Nunn - for more information, visit
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Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, 3750 The Midway
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 847-668-6027
Cost: Tickets are only needed for guests 21+; General Admission All Day Pass $50 - for guests 21+ and include access to open bar.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 9 p.m