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2016 Big Tex Choice Awards

More than a decade of decadence.

Since 2005, the State Fair’s Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the annual exposition as the top fair for great food creations.

Each year, State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards. Everything from Fried Beer to Fried Peaches and Cream have made the cut to become a part of an exclusive club. Tickets to the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Judging / Tasting are $100.  Tickets to the event allow you to be the first to taste the 2016 Finalists.  Included with your tickets is one admission ticket to the State Fair, a Fair-branded baseball cap, and a commemorative Big Tex refillable cup.  All proceeds of the event go to the State Fair Youth Scholarship Fund.

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2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists

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Caribbean Pineapple Korn-a-Copia
Created by Stephen Alade

Bringing a taste of Caribbean flare to the Fair, this dish stands out among the rest with its profile of fresh flavors. Marinated grilled chicken and shrimp are served over a bed of yellow Caribbean fried rice and topped with a tropical salsa and pineapple rum glaze. Served in a pineapple half shell, this Korn-a-Copia will have you ready for a day at the beach… or a day the Fair!

16_btca_baconburgerdogslidersonastickDeep Fried Bacon Burger Dog Slider on a Stick
Created by Brent & Juan Reaves

Meat lovers are in for a treat with this tantalizing triple threat. A miniature, handmade seasoned ground beef patty is stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, and an all-beef hot dog on a Hawaiian roll. It is then placed on a skewer topped with a pickle, dipped in a tempura batter and deep fried to perfection. Every Bacon Burger Dog is served on a bed of shoe string fries with ranch dipping sauce.

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Deep Fried Pulled Pork “FUNYUN®” Dings
Created by Chris Howard

Putting a tasty spin on a pantry staple, the unique combination of flavors in this deep fried dish create the perfect balance of sweet and savory. A “FUNYUN,” the traditional crunchy snack, is stuffed with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, pineapple slices and bacon. It is then dipped in a flavorful batter and deep fried. Each order is served with a multilayered sweet BBQ sauce.

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Fernie’s Down Home Chicken Pot Pie Pocket with Mac ‘n Cheese Dip
Created by Christi Erpillo

Two classic American comfort foods, one mouth-watering meal! This ultimate taste extravaganza starts with a savory cream sauce chock-full of shredded roasted chicken breast, tender diced white potatoes, sweet carrots, peas, corn and a special blend of herbs and spices. This hearty filling is ladled into fresh, flaky pastry dough and then gently folded “hot pocket” style. Each bite of the deep fried, golden brown, buttery crust is bursting with a savory sauce of chicken and veggies. Pure down-home goodness! Served with a side of mac ‘n cheese-inspired dip, this unique sharp cheddar sauce creates a tantalizing flavor combination.

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Fried Jell-O®
Created by Ruth Hauntz

For the first time in Big Tex Choice Awards history, America’s favorite childhood dessert is given a State Fair of Texas twist! A classic cherry-flavored Jell-O in a panko-crusted breading, flash-fried to perfection, and then dusted with powdered sugar. Prepared with a tasty topping of whipped cream and a cherry garnish, this dish has the perfect amount of crunch to compliment the jiggle.

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Injectable Great Balls of BBQ
Created by Glen Kusak

Smoke-crusted BBQ beef brisket is hand shredded with bock BBQ sauce and molded to form balls. The ball of beef is then breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and deep fried to a crispy perfection. Served on top of a bed of coleslaw, each order comes with its own pipette of bock BBQ sauce to be injected into the brisket balls. Guaranteed to be a perfectly succulent bite every time.

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Southern Fried Chicken & Dumplins
Created by Clint Probst

Putting a modern twist on a traditional Deep South favorite, this southern fried dish is a two-in-one hit! Juicy shredded chicken is mixed with bits of signature seasonings, dough and a touch of gravy. This decadent mixture is then rolled into balls, coated with bread crumbs and deep fried golden brown! Served with fried “biscuit bites” and a side of gravy, this dish is truly comfort food heaven!

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State Fair Cookie Fries
Created by Isaac Rousso

A unique play on America’s favorite savory side dish. The cookie fry may look like it needs ketchup, but don’t be fooled by the classic crinkle-cut appearance. Offered in traditional cookie flavors like chocolate chip or sprinkles, these sweet treats are served with your choice of the accompanying strawberry or milk chocolate sauce. Just consider it an undercover cookie in fry-form disguise.

2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Semi-Finalists

For the first time in history, the State Fair of Texas is excited to announce the names of the 34 scrumptious semi-finalists that will be continuing on to the next round of judging, taking one step further in their journey to Fair food stardom.

Bacon Wrapped Churros Down Home Chicken Pot Pie Pocket (with mac ‘n cheese dip)                 
Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly on a Stick Fried Cookies & Cream Sundae
Barn Yard Burger Fried Jell-O
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers Fried Prime Rib Quesadill”O”
Caribbean Pineapple Korn-a-Copia Funnel Cake Sundae
Crunchy Fried Oinkers Holy Guacamole Balls
Dallas’ Fried Bacontilla Injectable Great Balls of BBQ
Deep Fried Bacon Burger Dog Sliders on a Stick Loaded Bacon Mashed Potato Egg Roll
Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Tater’ Dog Lollipop Fried Bacon Wrapped Quail Breast on a Stick
Deep Fried Cannoli Bites Pina-A lot-Ta
Deep Fried Cheeseburger Stuffed Onion Rings Seductive Fried Sea Salt Caramel Wrap
Deep Fried Chicken Basket Shrimp Fritters
Deep Fried Hawaiian Hoops Southern Fried Chicken & Dumplin’s
Deep Fried Nachos State Fair Cookie Fries
Deep Fried Pulled Pork “Funyun” Dings State Fair Edible Colas
Deep Fried Smoked Salmon & Bacon Croquettes Texas Fried Buffalo Quail
Dorito Bacon Fried Cheese Stick Texas Fried Pinatacolupa

 

Previous Big Tex Choice Awards Winners

Check out past winners of the Choice Awards.

YearCategoryWinner
2015Best Taste Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly
Most CreativeSmoky Bacon Margarita
2014Best TasteFried Gulf Shrimp Boil
Most CreativeState Fair Brew - Funnel Cake Ale
2013Best TasteDeep-Fried Cuban Roll
Most CreativeFried Thanksgiving Dinner
2012Best TasteFried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
Most CreativeDeep Fried Jambalaya
2011Best TasteBuffalo Chicken in a Flapjack
Most CreativeFried Bubblegum
2010Best TasteTexas Fried FRITOS® Pie
Most CreativeFried Beer™
2009Best TasteFernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
Most CreativeDeep Fried Butter
2008Best TasteChicken Fried Bacon
Most CreativeFried Banana Split
2007Best TasteTexas Fried Cookie Dough
Most CreativeDeep Fried Latte
2006Best TasteFried Praline Perfection
Most CreativeFried Coke
2005Best TasteFried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
Most CreativeViva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream