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Spicewood smokin’, simmerin’ to benefit community center


SPICEWOOD — Ahh, nothing says it’s time to kick off summer better than a good bowl of Texas red or a heaping of barbecue ribs. And if you’re looking to taste a bit of both, along with a smattering of beans, brisket and chicken, then head over to the first-ever Spicewood BBQ and Chili Cook-off benefitting the Spicewood Community Center on May 23-25.

“We were looking for something to do to raise some money for the community center, and this was something Candy and I really enjoy, so we thought, ‘What the heck? Let’s give it a try,'” said organizer Craig Schlicke. He and his wife, Candy, are regulars on the chili cook-off circuit, though Candy does more of the competitive cooking.

The event is sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International and the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The Highland Lake Pod of CASI is sponsoring the event.

The event includes a location for vendors to set up at and sell their wares. So, along with some chili and barbecue sampling, folks can pick up things they never knew they needed or even wanted.

The cook-off takes place at 128 Spur 191 right behind the Spicewood General Store.

Registration begins 8 a.m. May 23 with vendors setting up around that time as well.

The real action, however, heats up May 24. The turn-in times are 11 a.m. for beans; noon for chicken; 1:30 p.m. for ribs; 2 p.m. for chili; and 3 p.m. for brisket. Awards follow at 4:30 p.m.

Schlicke said there’s always a need for judges, so people can show up and be a part of the event even if they don’t cook.

Another way to participate is through the People’s Choice Chili competition. Schlicke explained that people can donate $5 and get a poker chip in return. Then, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., they go around and sample all the different chili dishes. They place the poker chip in a basket by their favorite chili, and, after all the chips are turned in and tallied, organizers will hand out the People’s Choice Chili Award.

“So it’s a way you can have a vote in which is the best chili,” Schlicke said. “Because sometimes the one the judges pick isn’t always the one that other people favor.”

On May 25, the cooking returns, but this time it’s just a chili day. The turn-in is 1 p.m.

“People love chili and barbecue,” Schlicke said. “So this is a way to bring all those people together and support a good cause.”

Contact Schlicke at (512) 507-9089 or for more information.