Barbeque Competitions

Spectator Judging

Won't Disappoint

Staying in constant contact with cooks across the state, asking what the pros and cons were to competitions we had been to, and going to cookoffs to see the inner workings of the venues and judging areas paid off tremendously. Pulling into their first event in September 2015 I had all of the confidence in the world in Justin and his crew and they didn't disappoint... Pulling more teams in 2016 and going off without a hitch showed me that this cook off will be a tradition for our team, I will be there every year until I throw in the towel.

- 2015 FGBBQ Grand Champion, Caleb Jordan - Holliday, Texas

Great Time

"This cookoff is a great time. Plenty of room for this to grow into a massive cookoff. Plus if you win you get the mother of all bowie knifes, The Blade of Fort Griffin!"

- 2016 Fort Griffin BBQ Grand Champion, Wayne Crow - Archer City, TX

Absolute Blast

"My girl friends and I had an absolute blast at The Fort Griffin BBQ Cook-Off! There are so many things to do in such a small town! We shopped downtown, checked out the world-class Old Jail Art Center, ate amazing food, stayed in the upscale Bed & Breakfast The Biscuit and even went to the old town of Fort Griffin to get the full experience of the history that was once a booming West Texas town. Mike Ryan's concert polished off what was to be an amazing experience in Albany, TX! Texas Barbecue, Live music, good friends and good times! We can't wait for next year!"
-Morgan Mori - Fort Worth, TX

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History Of Fort Griffin

"Shortly after the Civil War came to a close in 1867, a new US Army post, the legendary Fort Griffin , was established; following the prior fort at Camp Cooper commanded by Col. Robert E. Lee that was provided by the US Army to provide protection for the settlers from the local indain tribes. With this new army post also sprang the town of Fort Griffin, a.k.a. "Griffin Flat", or sometimes referred to as "The Flat"...

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It was considered to be one of the West's five wildest towns with streets thronging with soldiers, buffaly hunters, drovers, gamblers, saloon girls, surveyors, outlaws, clerks, merchants and ranchers. Questionable characters such as Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Lottie Deno, Big Nose Kate, John Wesley Hardin, Hurricane Minnie and Hurricane Bill all made their way into the booming West Texas town. In 1874, the military declared martial law and ran many lawbreakers out of the area. The county was organized with Fort Grifin as the county seat. Leaders soon decided that the new town of Albany, just 15 miles south of Fort Griffin, was a better choice and Albany was established as the new county seat for Shackelford County. With the millions of buffalo gone and the Texas Central Railroad making its way into Albany in 1881, Fort Griffin became nothing more than a ghost town; leaving behind memories, as well as, old stone structures and buildings that are still there today."