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Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge

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Ready to accept the challenge and prove that your BBQ and chili is deserving of the coveted 2019 Big Tex Trophy? Fire up the grill and prep your recipes because the competition is heating up! Check back soon for more information on how to enter this year’s competition.

What is the Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge?
Every year, the State Fair of Texas gets into the “Big Tex spirit” by holding a special Creative Arts cooking competition the weekend before Opening Day of the Fair: the Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge. The chili and barbecue cook-off contests are perfect for amateur kings of the smoker or for those looking to gain CASI points for a trip to Terlingua’s International Chili Championship.

When and Where will the Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge take place?
The 2019 Challenge will be held on Saturday, September 21 and takes place on the grounds of Fair Park.

Who Can Enter the Challenge?
Anyone is eligible to enter the competition! Pre-registration online is highly encouraged, but you can also enter the day of the challenge. Ready to register? Check out for all the details you need to know.

What prizes can be won?
First place winners in each of the chili and BBQ cook-off categories will receive a $100 prize and a Big Tex trophy. Even better, all chili and barbecue cooks receive a complimentary one-day pass to the 2019 State Fair of Texas, to be used any day except Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Mission Statement

The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.

The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Fairtime Parking Address

925 S. Haskell
Dallas, Texas 75223



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