Where’s the beef?

Dumb question at Stampede. Sometimes it’s twisting and snorting and bucking off cowboys in the rodeo. Or it’s won some ribbons in the agricultural buildings.

On Thursday, however, it was being consumed by 20 judges at Cowboys’ first-annual Barbecue Invitational Cook-Off.

So there I was sampling some of the best barbecue ribs anywhere — ever — (as well as a few rather dreadful ones) surrounded by five shirtless young men (who called themselves “The Shirtless Boyz”) when a girlfriend spots me near the stage in the Cowboys tent at the Stampede and sends me a text.

“OMG! You have the best job in the world,” she said. “Those guys are so cute but those ribs look even better right now. I’m starving.”

I texted back, trying not to be cruel: “I’m stuffed and have five more plates of beef and pork ribs to sample. It’s tough, but someone’s got to do it!”

The Shirtless Boyz judges add more beef to the cook-off. From left to right: Geoff Prieur, Sean Tyler, Postmedia columnist Licia Corbella (who kept her shirt on the whole time), Matt Johnston, Josh Schlebach and Chase Craig ó just some of the 20 judges at Cowboys’ inaugural barbecue invitational in the Cowboys tent at Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Postmedia

Twenty teams paid $5,000 each to enter the competition with the money going to three worthy charities — the Calgary Stampede Foundation, One Health and Alberta Farmers and Ranchers.

All the meat — 20 racks of beef and pork — was donated by Calgary Co-op and kept those enjoying the music in the Cowboys tent salivating from the smoky barbecue smells that permeated the area from early in the day until 4 p.m. when the judging started.

“The food was great — none of the teams did a terrible job and most did a great job,” said Bart Willmore, Calgary Co-op’s vice-president of human resources and a serious rib barbecuer himself.

Paul Harrison, chief financial officer of Calgary Co-op, pointed to the sticker on the front of his white cowboy hat that says: “Only Alberta Beef.”

“Our beef is raised, fed and processed in Alberta,” said Harrison.

“With everything that’s going on with pipelines and Trump and tariffs, selling only Alberta beef — which is the best beef in the world — is not only the right thing it’s the best thing,” said Harrison.

BBQ ribs on the grill during the cook-off in the Cowboys …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com


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