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Smokin'! World barbecue cook-off rocks the Houston Rodeo, bringing out stars — including NFL coaches

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19 Mark Rothwell, from left, J.R. Imber and Scott Rothwell at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Mark Rothwell, from left, J.R. Imber and Scott Rothwell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Jay Stewart, from left, Steve Estes and Mike Francisco at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Jay Stewart, from left, Steve Estes and Mike Francisco. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Roy and Aimee Marsh, from left, and Jenny and Yonny Demeris at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Roy and Aimee Marsh, from left, and Jenny and Yonny Demeris. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
20 Ashley Womack, left, and Katherine Lacey at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Ashley Womack, left, and Katherine Lacey. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Crowd at Reliant Stadium at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
The crowd at Reliant Stadium. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Kyle Sandoval and the United 777 BBQ Pit at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Kyle Sandoval and the United 777 BBQ Pit. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 venue crowd Ferris Wheel at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014 Texas State of Mind Cookers
Texas State of Mind Cookers. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Bill Fisk, from left, Becky Virtue and Stan Hixon at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Bill Fisk, from left, Becky Virtue and Stan Hixon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 The Jack Daniels tent at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
The Jack Daniels tent. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Jerry Hickman, left, and Romeo Crennel at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Jerry Hickman, left, and Romeo Crennel. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Anisa Fellers, left, and Abbey Collins at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Anisa Fellers, left, and Abbey Collins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Steve Artz, from left, Pete “P.Z.” Zinnante, Jim McWilliams and Katrina and Peter Zinnante at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Steve Artz, from left, Pete “P.Z.” Zinnante, Jim McWilliams and Katrina and Peter Zinnante. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Rigo and Sally Flores, from left, and Mary Alice and Ed Lester at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
Rigo and Sally Flores, from left, and Mary Alice and Ed Lester. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Devil's River Mountain Men booth at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014 J.R. Imber, from left, Mark Rothwell and Scott Rothwell
J.R. Imber, from left, Mark Rothwell and Scott Rothwell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Mark Rothwell, from left, J.R. Imber and Scott Rothwell at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
1 Jay Stewart, from left, Steve Estes and Mike Francisco at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
11 Roy and Aimee Marsh, from left, and Jenny and Yonny Demeris at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
20 Ashley Womack, left, and Katherine Lacey at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
17 Crowd at Reliant Stadium at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
15 Kyle Sandoval and the United 777 BBQ Pit at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
7 venue crowd Ferris Wheel at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014 Texas State of Mind Cookers
3 Bill Fisk, from left, Becky Virtue and Stan Hixon at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
12 The Jack Daniels tent at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
2 Jerry Hickman, left, and Romeo Crennel at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
14 Anisa Fellers, left, and Abbey Collins at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
6 Steve Artz, from left, Pete “P.Z.” Zinnante, Jim McWilliams and Katrina and Peter Zinnante at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
4 Rigo and Sally Flores, from left, and Mary Alice and Ed Lester at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014
18 Devil's River Mountain Men booth at the Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off February 2014 J.R. Imber, from left, Mark Rothwell and Scott Rothwell

The part-time cowboys and cowgirls that sign up for the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show World's Championship Bar-B-Q Cook-off mean business and this weekend with more than 300 teams competing it was the business of having a rocking party.

Sure they put their cooking hearts and souls into the marinades, the special woods and the secret sauces, but the real mission is having one helluva good time. Which is why in addition to great eats and drinks, there are plenty of bands providing two-steppin' tunes across the private party scene.

Just ask Roy Marsh and his buddies. Last year, they dished up barbecue and sides for 3,800 people. This year, they are expecting to feed more than 5,500 of their BFFs at their invitation-only barbecue party venue. That puts a lot of heat on the partners that include Yonny Demeris, Tom Stubblefield, Steve Sigloch and Mark Donoho.

The guys hosting at Jack Daniels tent seemed to have the biggest crowd on their hands on this night with a line that wrapped around the side of their barbecue cottage (really) and down the streets of the barbecue tent village.

Last year, 300,000 attended over the Thursday through Saturday smoky extravaganza. With weather in their favor, it looks like an equally number of fans will turn out this year. Among those making the first night scene were new Houston Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and new wide receiver coach Stan Hixon.

Among those putting on the hospitality for the crowds were Michael Francisco, Mark Rothwell, JR Imber, Scott Rothwell, Ferdie Dupuis, Sam Ayers, James Leggett and Charles Groschke.

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