MARBLE FALLS — Grab a roll of paper towels and get ready to dine on some meat as the fourth annual Marble Falls VFW Post 10376 BBQ Cook Off heats up June 22 at the post, 1001 Veterans Drive.
“We’re doing a few things different this year,” said Mike Dyer, a member of the post. “I’ve been to a few chili cook-offs where I’d ask myself, ‘How did that chili win?’ Who hasn’t. So this year, we’ve added a ‘People’s Choice’ winner.”
The barbecue features categories for chicken, ribs, brisket, cobbler and beans.
Along with lots of good food and fun, the barbecue benefits members of the armed services through the Wounded Warrior Project. Dyer said 100 percent of the proceeds from barbecue plate sales will go to the Wounded Warriors. The VFW also will hold a 50-50 prize drawing in which half of the proceeds will go to a lucky ticket holder and the other half to the Wounded Warriors organization.
“We thought it just made sense helping out the Wounded Warriors,” Dyer said.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a program designed to help injured service members with awareness and direct services. For more, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Dyer said the VFW also is working on organizing a chicken bingo (if you don’t know what it is, you have to see it) with a 50-50 split of proceeds going to the winner and the Wounded Warrior Project.
While the competitors will be busy starting in the morning cooking up all the delectable dishes, Dyer said the public might want to start arriving after 1 p.m. Judging for the chicken is 2 p.m. followed by ribs at 3 p.m. and brisket at 4 p.m.
“Beans and cobbler will follow,” he said.
As people are checking out the cooking, Dyer said VFW members will give them pieces of paper to cast their ballots for the People’s Choice selections.