Walking across the turf at Murphy Park just north of downtown Taylor, Texas is like walking across a bowl of potato chips. The brutal Texas sun has deep fried the grass.

Rolling into the park entrance we notice a very fetching swimming pool replete with leggy Williamson County beauties frolicking in bikinis.

This 34th Annual Taylor International Barbecue Cook off is off to an auspicious start. We pay our $4 entry fee and make our way into the pavilion where all the vendors of bric a brac are stationed.

Some very nice wares are on display. A gentleman is airbrushing t shirts to order with past patrons prominently displayed. Of particular interest is one shirt airbrushed with a couple parachuting to earth carrying Ak-47s, a giant heart encapsulates them. Their names are Boo Boo and Kevin. May their union be a holy one.

Making our way out of the pavilion we are greeted with a site that always brings tears to our eyes. Dozens of barbecue teams have set up encampments with blue smoke covering the entirety of the park.

Quickening our pace we make our way under the canopy of trees and prepare to lay waste to some serious barbecue.

We sample from a dozen or so competitors with quality ranging from merely good to outstanding. The outstanding being the work of team Blinde Kuh [Blind Cow in German]. These Thorndale Texas boys have got smoke and fire in their veins. Pit boss Darrin Biar is friendly and gracious when he realizes we’re dead serious about the meat and are calling it straight down the middle with our words. When he’s not tending the pit he’s farming which is about as honorable a profession as there is out there.

We could stand right here and eat all day but feel the need to take in a little bit more of the sights and sounds of the party.

The partying is pro level. Everybody is guzzling Bud Light and the park is filled with celebrants. The cook teams are blasting Ricky Van Shelton, Don Williams and TG Sheppard. The men are wearing tight fitting baseball caps and polarized sun glasses. White sneakers are in abundance. No men in flip flops so it appears as thought the tranny lifestyle that so many Austin men have adapted has yet to infiltrate Williamson County.

This is heart of Texas living.

We love Taylor. We have friends who question this love but we feel they’d sing a different tune if they would spend all day in Murphy Park eating barbecue followed by a relaxed hang at historic Ed’s Place in downtown drinking .$1.75 Lone Star Lights.

It just doesn’t get any better.

Pictured is Darren Biar, pit boss, Blinde Kuh

Here’s the list of winners courtesy of the Taylor Texas Jaycees who put this event on each year

Sorry for the formatting: It’s a cut and paste. We’ll put the winners up top. As near as we can tell here’s the shakedown. If you got left out let us know and we’ll amend.

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Seafood: Clueless Cookers

Wild Game: Best Light

Beef: Dirty Barbecue

Lamb: Triple A

Goat: Blinde Kuh

Poultry: Best Light

Pork: Aggie Cookers

Beans: Bevo Burners

Bob Roberts Memorial:Jimmy B’s

People’s Choice: Ramblin Rednecks

Master Cook Bad Boyz BBQ

Reserve Master Blinde Kuh

Category: Seafood

Team Name

Hell I Don’t Know

10
Smokin Guns

9
Show us Your Pits

8
Top Hand Cookers

7
Bad Boyz BBQ

6
Old Style BBQ

5
Bud Bros I

4
King Cookers

3
Caspers Cookers

2
Clueless Cookers

1
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Category: Wild Game

Team Name

Show us Your Pits

10
Clueless Cookers

9
Hell I Don’t Know

8
D&K Cookers II

7
Bud Bros II

6
Bud Bros I

5
Bad Boyz BBQ

4
D&K Cookers I

3
Weekend Warriors

2
Best Light #2

1
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Category Poultry

Team Name

Triple A Cookers

10
Bud Bros II

9
Texas Pit Crew

8
Blinde Kuh

7
Real Men of Genius

6
Aggie Cookers

5
Bad Bones BBQ

4
Grease Monkeys

3
Czechicans II

2
Best Light #1

1
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Category:Beef

Team Name

Ramblin Rednecks

10
Double J Cookers

9
Bevo Burners

8
Real Men of Genius

7
Grease Monkeys

6
D&K Cookers I

5
D&K Cookers II

4
Blinde Kuh

3
Bad Boyz BBQ

2
Dirty Bar-B-Cue

1
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Category: Pork

Team Name

Old Style BBQ

10
Bud Bros I

9
Jalapeno Cookers

8
It’l Do BBQ

7
Bad Boyz BBQ

6
Bullseye BBQ

5
Smokehouse Cookers

4
Nazerene Cookers

3
Bud Bros II

2
Aggie Cookers

1
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Category:Lamb

Team Name

Old Style BBQ

10
Blinde Kuh

9
D&K Cookers I

8
Czechicans

7
Smokehouse Cookers

6
Real Men of Genius

5
Patin Construction

4
D&K Cookers II

3
Cerna Vrana

2
Triple A Cookers

1
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Category:Goat

Team Name

King Cookers

10
Czechicans

9
Bad Boyz BBQ

8
Ramblin Rednecks

7
Clueless Cookers

6
Triple A Cookers

5
Jalapeno Cookers

4
Czechicans II

3
Double J Cookers

2
Blinde Kuh

1
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Beans

3 Czechicans

2 Bud Boyz

1 Bevo Burners
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Bob Roberts Memorial Jimmy B’s BBQ

Elab Rig 2 Shake N Bake

Elab Rig 1 Smokehouse Cookers

Show 2 Best Light Cookers #4

Show 1 Best Light Cookers #1

People’s Choice:

Ramblin Rednecks

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