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Congratulations to Tommy Gregg from Lockhart for his 1st Place Chili at the Tolbert Chili & Lone Star BBQ Society Cookoff for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the Lockhart City Park on August 22nd. Deja vu? No, but this is strikingly similar to our posting on the BB Hughes cookoff earlier this month, and Tommy’s on a roll with two #1 trophies inside 30 days!
This event was well-attended with 22 chili cooks and 30 barbecue competitors.
Congratulations to Madelaine Bishop for coming out as Grand Champion, and Ira Green as Reserve Champion for the Lone Star portion of the program.
Back on the Tolbert side of the ticket, Jackpot Beans paid a handsome $180 to 1st Place Beans winner Jeff Williams. Another payout category was Open Meat for $90, and was won by Michael Jeffrey with an awesome shrimp stuffed jalapeno, cream cheese and bacon. Hmmm. Kind of makes your mouths water just thinking about it, huh?
Sandra Chapman was the true Coordinator of this event, and she has done an excellent job. Big job it is too. Nine cooking categories, a huge live auction, a motorcycle run, a 50/50, and a spirit wagon raffle. Over the last six years of producing this annual event, Sandra and all the Minions have raised more than $125K. The proceeds from this year’s cookoff are expected to be in the neighborhood of $10K.
As many of you know, the inspiration for the JDRF cookoff is Sandra’s granddaughter Mia who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the tender age of 2. Mia is now 8, and is doing well in spite of the roller coaster life juvenile diabetes imposes.
Who are the Minions? The scope of this event required an army of helping hands. All the different registrations, all the palate cleansers prepared, bussing all the tables, replenishing the spoons, pulling drinks, the monitors for all the tables, the judges themselves, the folks selling raffle tickets, the many, many people that donated merchandise for the auction, the auctioneer, the auctioneer’s assistants, the person that had to record the sales, the person collecting the winning bids, and there were the announcements. Didn't even mention coordinating a motorcycle run. But whew! That’s a whole lot of helping hands! Thank you, thank you, Thank You! And, we’d especially like to thank Sandra Chapman, Heidi Hodge, Janet Matthews, Donald Schneider, Debbi Tucker, and the auctioneer, James Barton.
The Roving Photographer at the JDRF cookoff was Deba Center, and she did a great job of documenting the day. Due to her efforts we have a nice slide show, and as usual, pictures follow the stats on the JDRF page.
It is unusual that someone is disqualified, but it happened at the JDRF cookoff, and, in fact it almost happened twice.
One entrant, the spouse of a barbecue cook, thought her entry for chili had to match his for Lone Star BBQ and therefore used his name. Luckily, that problem was easily figured out. However, the 6th Place Chili winner did not have an official entry form. It is probable that this gentleman was part of a big group, and there is probably an official entry from someone in that group. The name on the entry form, however, does not match. Sorry Dude. Enjoy the trophy, but there are no points in the bank for you. The rules are the rules. Anybody wanting to cook, anybody wanting to have their chili declared good enough to be in the top ten, anybody wanting to earn points toward Terlingua, must have an official, paid entry. ‘Nuf said.
Please note: The decision to disqualify 6th Place does not mean there will be any “moving up” for places 7-11. The only time bumping someone up a place would even be considered is in Terlingua. Throughout the season disqualified places are simply vacated.
Fall is quickly approaching and Labor Day is right around the corner. That means there’s gonna be another Shoot Out at Giddy Ups. It’s a two day event, and it’s CASI vs. Tolbert.
Let’s round up the wagons and give ‘em a good run for their money! Let’s show up in big numbers, strut our stuff, and let’s have that 1st Place trophy in the Tolbert camp - where it belongs!!!
Besides, we like cooking with those folks, consider them friends, and even have a nickname for them - Castolics.
Beyond the Labor Day hullabaloo is A Lil’ Ol’ Country Cookoff, also at Giddy Ups, taking place on September 19th. Dedicated to the memory of Robert Corley, BFF Dewey Lawhon is heading this one up, and feeling a little rusty. Wasting no time, he is already busy getting the trophies ready and is working closely with Nancy Morgan (Giddy Ups’ owner) to get the word out.
There are actually two separate chili competitions that day:
One for the non qualified (ALOCC), including showmanship, and one for cooks already qualified to cook in Terlingua, provided they have cooked in at least one CTTCG cookoff this season. The 11th Annual Central Texas Tolbert Group Chili Championship is a non sanctioned, intra-group competition and does not include show. Just chili.
To be sure as many people qualify that day, we will keep our fingers crossed that we have at least 15 non qualified cooks enter the ALOCC portion of the program. If you or anyone you know is still needing points come September 19th, best head to Giddy Ups before it's too late! Registration for all categories of competition will begin early Saturday morning and be open until about 11:00 am.
We’ll see ya’ll Labor Day weekend!
Debbie Turner was kind enough to share the point accumulation totals with us, so if you're curious as to where you stand, read on! Please note that this list has been corrected, and is accurate as of 8/21/15.
Qualified using Points at Tolbert Cookoffs or Tolbert auto qualifiers (Former champions not listed if they had no Tolbert points, but they are still qualfied)
Carl Angers, Smithville, TX
Donnie Barkmeyer, Lockhart, TX
Mike Behr, Manchaca, TX
Madelaine Bishop, Kyle, TX
Randy Black, Allen, TX
Pam Brown, San Marcos, TX
Heather Burdick, San Marcos, TX
Daniel Burdick III, San Marcos, TX
Will Burk, Spring Branch, TX
Jill Burrows, Lockhart, TX
Gabriel Capetillo, Austin, TX
Deanna Castillo, Terlingua, TX
Bill Center, San Antonio, TX
Deba Center, San Antonio, TX
Andy Dalton, Del Valle, TX
Becky Daniels, Midlothian, TX
Ron Faulstich, Lockhart, TX
G W Goin, Valley View, TX
Tommy Gregg, Lockhart, TX
Alan Greiner, Round Rock, TX
Phyllis Greiner, Round Rock, TX
Dwight Hamilton, Austin, TX
Mark Holbert, Weatherford, TX
Elke Jensen, Killeen, TX
Mick Joplin, Morgan, TX
Christine Knight-Ober, Cibolo, TX
Beth Lawhon, Cedar Creek, TX
Dewey Lawhon, Cedar Park, TX
David Lazarus, Killeen, TX
Fred Lazarus, San Angelo, TX
Sherril Lazarus, San Angelo, TX
Janet Matthews, Lockhart, TX
Laury McCullough, Austin, TX
Scott Pippin, Graford, TX
Stacee Pitchford, Millsap, TX
Steve Reeder, La Grange, TX
Jane Reina, Del Valle, TX
Jimmy Rodgers, Denton, TX
Jim Schlieper, Alice, TX
Mona Schlieper, Alice, TX
Faye Sherry, Lockhart, TX
Christina Smith, Harker Heights, TX
Jimmy Smith, Harker Heights, TX
Ken Sperry, HarkerHeights, TX
Jim Stoddard, Coppell, TX
Barbara C Taylor, Terlingua, TX
Shelly Tyler, Melrose, NM
Billy Bob Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
Reva Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
Terry Wright, Lockhart, TX
Not on that list? Maybe you're on this next one. The number in front of the name is the total (as of 8/16/15) number of Tolbert points accumulated.
2 Kevin Adams, Lewisville, TX
8 Jamie Brown, Red Rock, TX
2 Mike Brown, Bastrop, TX
2 Sam Brown, Red Rock, TX
4 Cindy Burk, Spring Branch, TX
2 David Calhoun, Weatherford, TX
2 Rob Cardenas, New Braunfels, TX
2 Kathy Carriger, Bastrop, TX
2 Nan Centeno, San Antonio, TX
3 Wesley Cox, Nolanville, TX
2 Kevin Cross, Mineral Wells, TX
2 Pam Dobbs, Weatherford, TX
2 Monte Eastman, Aledo, TX
4 Kim Eckert, Austin, TX
4 Lisa Edwards, Kendalia, TX
2 Darlene Evans, Canyon Lake, TX
2 Jeff Evans, Mineral Well, TX
2 Kellie Evans, Lockhart, TX
4 Melvin Euers, Red Rock, TX
7 Frank Flores, Austin, TX
2 Paul Galloway, Lockhart, TX
4 Doug Gibson, Luling, TX
2 Wyman Gilliam Jr, Del Valle, TX
4 Joe Glock, Springtown, TX
6 Gilbert Gonzales, Prairie Lea, TX
2 Jimmy Goodson, Alvarado, TX
2 Renee Harder, Mineral Wells, TX
2 Randy Haverda, San Marcos, TX
4 Robert Henderson, Red Rock, TX
8 Doug Higgins, Blanco, TX
4 Susie Higgins, San Marcos, TX
2 D'Ann Holbert, Weatherford, TX
2 John Eric Holmes, Dallas, TX
2 Ron Holt, Liberty Hill, TX
2 Jim Hooper, Port O'Connor, TX
2 Rita Huffman, Austin, TX
2 Scott Kelley, Cleburne, TX
2 Vern Kong, Killeen, TX
3 Bob Lawhon, Luling, TX
2 Richard Longoria, Fort Worth, TX
2 Roy Loveday, Lockhart, TX
2 Judy Massengill, Lockhart, TX
2 Chuck McCory, Crowley, TX
2 Janet McCracken, Graford, TX
2 John McCracken, Graford, TX
2 Jessica McKee, Graford, TX
2 Debbie McLawchlin, Kerrville, TX
3 Bobby Mitchell, Lockhart, TX
2 Joy Moreno, Paige, TX
2 Kathy Nolte, Lockhart, TX
2 Eddie Nowak, Graford, TX
2 Kay Nowak, Graford, TX
2 Ed Nunez, Burleson, TX
2 Terry Osten, Arlington, TX
2 Shannon Outen, Arlington, TX
2 Sarah Overton, Fort Worth, TX
3 Lacy Pippin, Graford, TX
2 Matt Pitchford, Millsap, TX
2 Brenda Polizzi, Killeen, TX
2 Donna Polston, Mineral Wells, TX
2 Rodney Reyna, Luling, TX
4 Ben Rife, Graford, TX
2 Carrie Rife, Graford, TX
4 Gilbert Rivas, Austin, TX
2 Rex Robertson, Nolanville, TX
2 Tammy Robertson, Nolanville, TX
2 Les Robinson, Red Rock, TX
4 Tom Rowe, San Marcos, TX
2 Bud Rozell, Dallas, TX
2 Michael "Mike" Saldana, New Braunfels, TX
2 Marlo Schaible, Austin, TX
2 Trey Schroeder, San Antonio, TX
4 Russ Stateham, North Richland Hills, TX
4 Tom Stephens, Lockhart, TX
4 Cecelia Stroessner-Clark, Austin, TX
7 Matthew Strun, Lockhart,TX
2 Kiwi Teaukura, Del Valle, TX
3 Ed Theriot, Lockhart, TX
7 Bubba Thorp, Paige, TX
4 Susie Thorp, Paige, TX
2 Troy Thorp III, Paige, TX
6 Debbi Tucker, Cedar Creek, TX
2 Travis Tucker, Cedar Creek, TX
4 Melissa Voigt, Bastrop, TX
2 Joe Voss, Mineral Wells, TX
7 Kerry Weir, Buda, TX
2 Larry Williamson, Austin, TX
2 Brenda Willis, Austin, TX
2 Richard Willis, Austin, TX
2 Patty Wimberley, Austin, TX
2 Lee Wimberley Jr., Austin, TX
3 Tommy Wright, Fort Worth, TX
2 Chad Zook, Graford, TX
2 Diane Zook, Graford, TX
Looks like some of ya'll have got some catching up to do, but luckily there's still some time left, and plenty of cookoffs coming up between now and September 30th - starting with this weekend in Lockhart - the JDRF cookoff.
The JDRF Tolbert Chili and Lone Star BBQ Society Cookoff promises to be a real good event, and a big one too with 9 categories of competition. Tell all your friends, tell your neighbors, shoot, tell your in-laws to come on out to Lockhart City park because we're always looking for new cooks, and the folks running the show are gonna need lots of judges. Judging is free, and bibs are optional.
Don't forget your Fire Extinguishers!! Needing and having is priceless.
It was with huge regrets and heavy hearts that Billy Bob and Reva Weatherly had to cancel their July 25th cookoff in Canyon Lake when the venue double-booked and essentially squeezed out the chiliheads. Serious fund-raisers, they still wanted to support their chosen charities and came up with a Plan B.
The Hideout 2 in Canyon Lake offered their location for hosting Billy Bob and Reva's non-cooking, non-competitive and drastically modified event. So, on July 25th there was a serious little party featuring a Spirit Wagon, a silent auction, hot dog concessions, the raffling of a Yeti cooler, and another ticket pull for a PortaCool. Jack and Rhonda Potter sold chances at a "Mystery Gift," adding another $600 to the purse. There were some Belt Sander Races going on throughout the afternoon as well.
When all the dust settles, the final figure will be well in excess of $9000. The charities? ALS and CTTCG.
We'll see ya'll on down the road.
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(For the season anyway!)
2013 AND 2014 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
2015 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Mick Joplin, Lakeside Village, Texas
Christine Knight-Ober from Cibolo
2015 Tolbert Ladies State Champion
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas State Winner
Click on the star for the Official Tolbert Rules in a printable PDF format.
Heard that some of ya'll's fire extinguishers got used at Dwight & Kathy's Circle C Cookoff. Small brush fire caused by a low slung bbq rig. Sooooooooo glad ya'll took our advice, aren't you? Dwight sure is!
Mike "BB" Hughes & Dwight Hamilton, BFF
A group of friends who just happen to cook award winning chili and BBQ while we raise awareness and funds for some mighty worthy causes.
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We host over 30 chili events per year at a variety of locations, including the Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship in Lockhart.
Aside from having a lot of fun, we support a long and varied list of charitable causes like Juvenile Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, and the VFW Scholarship Fund to list just a few. Check the Where We've Been and Why We Do It page for beneficiary details for some of the cookoffs.
Most every weekend! Be sure to check the What's Coming Up page for the details on this week's cookoff!
All over Central Texas! For most events we will have a map and/or directions on how to get to the various locations on the Map Page to help you out.