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The Chili Appreciation Society International and Lone Star Barbecue Society are welcoming chili chefs and pitmasters to Granite Shoals on Friday-Saturday, March 24-25, for two cook-offs at Quarry Park, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Those not entered can volunteer as judges and sample both pillars of Texas culinary tradition.

Cooks in the CASI Texas Men’s State Chili Championship will compete to qualify for the 56th annual Terlingua International Chili Championship in November. Barbecue competitors are in it for championship jackets, trophies, and glory.

“We’re carrying the tradition of chili and charity into 2023,” said Richard Night of the Highland Lakes Pod of CASI. 

The main CASI organization started the Terlingua chili cook-off in 1967 and now raises over $1 million a year for charity.

Entry in the Granite Shoals chili cook-off is $25. Competitors must turn in their chili by 7 p.m. Friday. A junior cook-off for ages 8-17 is Saturday with a noon turn-in time and a $10 entry fee.

The Lone Star Barbecue Society is accepting free “cook what you want” entries on Friday and competitive entries of brisket, ribs, and chicken on Saturday for a $150 entry fee.

Contact the Highland Lakes Pod’s Craig Schlicke at 512-507-9089 or for more information on the chili cook-off. Contact the Lone Star Barbecue Society at 325-998-8877 or for details on the barbecue cook-off.

Both competitions will need dozens of judges. Contact the above people to volunteer.