Here are some pictures from the 38th Annual World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off sponsored by the Brady, TX, Chamber of Commerce on Labor Day Weekend, Sept 2 & 3, 2011. In the past, there was some controversy about the selection of Sense & Nonsense winners So this year, we will reveal all about how our winners are selected. Please be aware that the Brady Chamber of Commerce has nothing to do with it.Everyone in attendance noticed the public voting booths and cast a vote or two. Many may have voted more than once but that is OK. In fact it is an American tradition to vote as often as possible and in no way casts doubt on the final tally and ultimate winner of the election.
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You see, our unknown and unknowable vote counters use advanced scientific methods to accurately determine the will of the people regardless of how they vote. Rumor has it that the advanced mathematical model considers both weight and volume of votes cast to calculate integrals of vote density. Hanging chads were counted as negative votes and subtracted from the final count.
Once the integral vote density is calculated, it is sanitized with powerful chemicals and released for publication. The release is done by clairvoyance to unconscious reporters. My press release came to me in a bizarre dream about 2:00 AM while I was sound asleep.
The first thing voters agreed upon is that it is very dry in McCulloch County. People who cursed the mud at past Cook-Offs found themselves longing for some this year. Here are a couple of pictures of Brady Creek that give some clues about how severe the drought actually is.
As you can see, the creek is not running but some spots still have standing water where there are small springs still flowing. You can see on the hillside on the right side that native trees and plants are having a hard time.
It is impossible to keep kids out of the creek whether there is water in it or not. This year, they could play in the creek without getting wet and muddy. Mothers were happy with their good fortune until excited youngsters started finding some nice dead, rotten fish to bring home as trophies.
And now ...
The Voter's Top Picks in the 2011 Brady Goat Cook-Off
Reported in Pictures and T-ShirtsFirst, the Music Counts and nobody plays better Country music than ...
But most of all, it is about Family ...
The family that smokes goat together, stays together ...
Lookin' Good Coming ...
And Going ...
Fred Nuncio Construction wowed the voters with color for their custom T-Shirts ...
Voters overwhelming voted this the worst photograph of the best T-Shirts ...
All photographer John Harper would say was, "You wanted T-Shirts. You got T-Shirts. Take this job and shove it". He muttered something about maybe getting faces if the T-shirts had been maroon instead of orange. Who knows what goes on in his fevered brain? The specter of a bow tie and boutonniere at the goat cook-off obviously influenced people in the voting booth.
Speaking of T-Shirts, here is the official 2011 38th Annual World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off design modeled on a genuine McBeeBack (Top) and the voting booth choice (Bottom). The popular choice is a rare 2008 vintage Team Hustler T-Shirt with a profound message that evidently captured the public imagination as they pondered in the voting booth.
Of course, a T-Shirt is just a rag until you get some stuffin' in it. Voters picked this pair for "Best Stuffin' with Meaningful Message".
Oh yeah, the ride is important too ...
You may need to know a little Texas History to figure out why this was so popular in the voting booths. It refers to the first armed clash between Texans and the Mexican army that occurred at Gonzales in 1835 over possession of a small cannon. The skirmish is sometimes referred to as the "Lexington" of the Texas Revolution.
Some come to Cook and some Come to Look but young men have T-shirts, attitudes and a message too...
Pay attention folks. These guys will spend some time in the voting booth too!
We've gotten this far without even mentioning Cooking Goat so lets take a closer look at the voting booth pick for 2011 Goat Cooker, Gene Laureles. First, we should point out that Gene builds cookers and sells them all over the country. That sounds great, but it does mean he is always breaking in a new one and never knows exactly how it will cook.
You will notice that all these cookers have a separate fire box (left end in top picture) and several smoke stacks. By adjusting air flow into and out of the cooker, temperature can be carefully controlled in different sections of the cooker. Some have elaborate compartments that allow a person to steam vegetables or make a pot of coffee while broiling steaks or slow cooking brisket, chicken or pork roasts in the same cooker. Since the fire is not under the food, grease drippings do not catch fire and flame up like on a simple home patio grill.
A well designed cooker uses very little wood. Five or six good solid cured chunks of mesquite or oak will hold cooking temperature for many hours.
This cooker happens to be made from an old butane/propane tank but some are made of plate steel or sections of large diameter pipe. Nearly all of them are mounted on some sort of trailer since they would be too heavy to move otherwise.
Cooking Goat is the hard part. Eating it is the payoff!
Don't think so ...
TV coverage was provided by KSAN and KLST out of San Angelo. Yes guys, she can handle the equipment all by herself.
Frank Brawley (top picture, right) is like many Cook-Off contestants. He lives in Houston but has a long family history in Brady. He comes every year to see family and old friends while cooking some goat.
Don't think the goat Goat Cook-Off is just for the illiterate. These PHDs came up from Fredericksburg to lend a more intellectual atmosphere to the event.
Yeppers. Came all the way from Minnesota, he did, just to clue us in. We care, we really do.
McCulloch County Republican chairman Ken Bull (seated at table) once again answers the call to defend the Cook-Off from heathens and barbarians. This year he is ably assisted by two (count 'em) Republican candidates for Sheriff. Dale Pearce (seated, yellow shirt) and John Dagen (standing) claim 71 combined years of law enforcement between them. If I had been a few minutes earlier, incumbent Republican Sheriff Earl Howell would have been in the picture too. It shapes up to be an amiable primary race as the candidates know and respect each other.
Now you may think that pitching washers is a peaceful, borderline boring game that appeals primarily to the sedentary and elderly. But that is definitely NOT the case. This friendly competition lasted from Friday morning through the heat of the day and throughout the night. It finally ended in full daylight on Saturday morning when other official contestants claimed the court. The marathon session proved conclusively that one can pitch washers when in a sleep deprived comatose state. Not only is no one sure who won, most are not at all sure who even participated.
There are some thank-you's due for another successful World Championship Goat BBQ Cook-Off. First and foremost is the Brady Chamber of Commerce which organized the entire event and city employees who kept the trash hauled and dusty roads sprinkled with water. It was a peaceful affair under the watchful eye of the Brady Police Department.
But in the Voting Booths, the people singled out KNEL Radio for special appreciation.
You may be wondering just who the folks pondering in the voting booths chose to be their number one most fearless leader. When it came to selecting a regal leader they overwhelmingly (by weight and volume) selected Brian King to be King of the 2011 38th Annual World Championship Goat BBQ Cook-off.
When queried, some of the voters said it was only fitting to have a King King instead of King something else. Others said they were pretty sure if they left him alone, he would leave them alone, proving once again that limited government is popular with the citizenry.
That's All Folks!