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RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Celebrity pitmaster Jimmy Trigg, left, Aaron Franklin of Austin's Franklin Barbecue and TV producer John Markus. Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Kerry Fellows won last year's Grand Championship.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Will the meat in this pit be enough to go back to back? Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
The Longhorn cookers add Cajun dishes to the familiar mix of barbecue.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
A 120lbs pig roasts at the Devils River Mountain Men Cookers tent.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Jimmy Henrichs, right, and Tommy Erickson's barrel smoker has won the most unique pit award three times.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
At the United tents, guests are served from a 777-shaped warmer.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
A look inside the Throw Down Cookers rotisserie smoker.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Matt Wommack, left, and Steve Early look after the catering operation at the Throw Down Cookers tent.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Rusty Coats lets Wommack handle the catering, but he makes the wagyu brisket for the judges himself.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
Wommack's beans with burnt ends, jalapeno and peaches.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014
A massive steel smoker at the USO tent.  Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo