If you want to know what Texas is like you need to visit McCulloch County.

2015 International Goat Cook Off In Brady Texas

2015 International Goat Cook Off In Brady Texas

It’s dead center in the middle of the state, there’s plenty long-haired country boys driving pick up trucks, and that’s Old Glory waving down at the courthouse in the middle of the town square.

2015 Brady Goat Championship

2015 Brady Goat Championship

If you’ve ever seen Texas on the TV or in a picture book there’s a good chance that photo was taken somewhere near Brady.

An Elderly Gentleman Relaxes In The Shade With Kyle Walton, pitboss of Waco Boys Cooking Team

An Elderly Gentleman Relaxes In The Shade With Kyle Walton, pitboss of Waco Boys Cooking Team

It doesn’t get any more Texas than McCulloch County, one of the top goat producing counties in the USA.

The 2015 Brady Goat Queen And Her Court

The 2015 Brady Goat Queen And Her Court

It’s been that way since back in the early 90s when the Boer goat was first introduced to the state.

Goat Willie's Cooking Team

Goat Willie’s Cooking Team

South African Boer goats, unlike their Spanish brethren, are famously prolific breeders and produce meat-heavy carcasses.

Roger, Afghanistan War Veteran at 2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

Roger, Afghanistan War Veteran at 2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

For nearly 50 years this goat breed has been a member of the National Mutton, Sheep and Goat Performance Testing Scheme (a test to determine how much meat a certain breed can produce)

Pork Spare Ribs From The Smoker Of Waco Boys Cooking Team At 2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

Pork Spare Ribs From The Smoker Of Waco Boys Cooking Team At 2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

The apex of good living in the heart of Texas occurs over Labor Day weekend at the International Goat Cook Off held in Richard’s Park on the western edge of town each year since 1974.

2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

That year the event was held as a fundraiser for the Jaycees and 16 teams competed.

McCulloch County Texas, Summer 2015

McCulloch County Texas, Summer 2015

This year over 200 crews came to Brady to show and prove.

A Friendly Old Ranch Hand At The 2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

A Friendly Old Ranch Hand At The 2015 Brady Goat Cook Off

After missing out in 2014, we were determined to roll into Brady for the big party this year so we took a jet airplane ride from New Orleans out to Austin and set out via motorcar bright and early Saturday morning for the event.

McCulloch County Is The Geographical Center Of Texas

McCulloch County Is The Geographical Center Of Texas

Stepping onto the grounds of Richards Park the dried out grass crunches like walking across a bowl filled with potato chips.

Big Kettles Powered By Propane Are Set Up For The Waco Boys Fish Fry

Big Kettles Powered By Propane Are Set Up For The Waco Boys Fish Fry

Brady must be in one hell of a drought.

 5,544 People Call Brady Texas Home

5,544 People Call Brady Texas Home

We slowly begin circling the park to holler at all the cooking crews we’ve made friends with over the years before finally running into the Waco Boys Cooking Team.

The Women Of Brady Texas

The Women Of Brady Texas

These are the lads who have won the hospitality award so many times that eventually the prize will be retired and the images of the cook team will be embossed on a giant plaque and erected high over Richards Park.

A Man, His Wife And Their Child In Brady Texas

A Man, His Wife And Their Child In Brady Texas

These men know how to roll out the welcome mat.

A Waco Boy Prepares His Carving Station

A Waco Boy Prepares His Carving Station

One of the members of the group tells us that they plan on feeding around 3,000 people this weekend.

Texas Barbecue Cook Offs Attract Men With Beards

Texas Barbecue Cook Offs Attract Men With Beards

Over the course of a few hours spent lingering around their camp we see hundreds of people walk through the Waco Boys ad hoc cafeteria line they’ve set up on the banks of Brady Creek.DSC07163

Jalapeno poppers, smoked chicken, grilled sausages, barbecued brisket, roasted goat, pork spare ribs and a variety of side dishes are trotted out of the men’s mobile kitchen and fed to the gathered throngs.

Texas Longhorn Fan Or Satanist?

Texas Longhorn Fan Or Satanist?

Nobody leaves hungry.DSC07287

Eventually the Tarzan-cry that heralds the awards ceremony rings out across the camp ground and folks begin streaming toward the center of Richards Park.

A Brady Texas Beauty Queen In A Rare Unguarded Moment

A Brady Texas Beauty Queen In A Rare Unguarded Moment

There, a comely trio of Texas beauty queens is on hand to dole out awards to the teams that produce the finest goat barbecue as well as wild boar (this years mystery meat selection)

Rocker Chick

Rocker Chick

For a list of winners please visit here.

Brady Texas

Brady Texas

With goat prices soaring in the grocery stores (sometimes rivaling that of good ribeye beefsteaks) we expect to see the goat industry in Brady Texas experience heavy growth in the next few years.DSC07192

If that means more competitors and better cabrito to feast on at Brady’s International Goat Cook Off then we’ll happily pay for the surge pricing and we’ll even fly in from Louisiana for the party.

I Love These Giant Rancher's Hats, They Are Popular In McCulloch County

I Love These Giant Rancher’s Hats, They Are Popular In McCulloch County

There is not one finer in Texas.

This Young Lady's Boyfriend Had Never Seen A Camera Before. Nor A Photographer. And He'd Never Seen A Photographer Working In A Public Place. So He Threw A Tantrum

This Young Lady’s Boyfriend Had Never Seen A Camera Before. Nor A Photographer. And He’d Never Seen A Photographer Working In A Public Place. So He Threw A Tantrum


Waco Boys Cooking Team

Waco Boys Cooking Team

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