February 15th, 2010

Rodeo Cook-Off: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with The Loop Scoop

With a couple of University of Houston alums within the staff urging the rest of us who are even bigger BBQ fans, The Loop Scoop has become a sponsor for the Cougar Cookers’ Cook-Off Team at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Great for you,” you say, “but what does this mean for me, the dedicated reader?” Well, we’ve gotten our hands on coveted Rodeo Cook-Off passes to the Cougar Cookers’ Tent on Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th, which we’ll be passing on to you, our loyal Loopsters, so you can join us out at Rodeo for great food, fun and a tasty adult beverage or two!

For the next week and a half leading up to the Rodeo Cook-Off, we’ll be giving you chances to win tickets to The Cougar Cooker’s tent. Each pass gains you and a friend admittance into the tent, where you can feast on a wide array of delectable meats and treats. The food line offers brisket, sausage, chicken, ribs, beans, corn, potato salad, all the fixin’s, plus a few extra items, like nachos and dessert. The Cougar Cookers also offer a full bar including: premium cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. It’ll be a great opportunity to come out and enjoy yourself at one of Houston’s greatest events and meet some fellow Loopsters.


The Cougar Cookers is a private 501(c)3 organization, supported by alumni and friends of the University of Houston that participates in the Rodeo Cook-Off to show their appreciation for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the support they give to higher education. They also have one of the popular tents and some of the best food. Each year, hundreds of University of Houston students receive a total of nearly $200,000 in scholarship money from the Rodeo. n addition to their duties out at the HLS&R Cook-Off, the Cougar Cookers also award a one-year scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a student leader at the University of Houston who has a proven commitment of leadership with the Frontier Fiesta Association.

Not content to just give out a single scholarship, the Cougar Cookers have created a Permanent Endowment Fund for general scholastic purposes at the University and also contribute to Cougar Pride, which provides scholastic funding for the University’s student athletes. Basically, they bleed cougar red and provide an incredible amount of support for this city’s University.


For an organization with aims as noble as the Cougar Cookers’, it was an easy decision for us to get involved. If you are interested in helping out with the Cougar Cookers’ endeavors and guaranteeing your spot in the tent through a team membership or sponsorship, you can find more information here.

For our first giveaway, we want to hear from you. Let us know why you love Texas style festivals like HLS&R or Frontier Fiesta and tell us about your favorite Rodeo or Fiesta memory. Best response gets a Rodeo Cook-Off pass!

— Marc


Eric — Monday, February 15, 2010 3:10 pm

The HLS&R is a staple in yearly events held in Houston, Texas. To this day, people around the nation still associate the state of Texas with terms like “BBQ, horses, cowboys, and country.” And rightfully so. The HLS&R incorporates all of these Texas trademarks into a 3 week event that seems to get bigger and better every year. How often can you take a bus ride while drinking a couple frosty beverages, ride carnival rides, eat amazing BBQ, watch bull riders and barrell racers, see your favorite country music star, eat a turkey leg, and boot-scoot until your legs fall off…all in one place? No where else but the HLS&R! This event is truly remarkable.

My favorite memory was in March of 2002 when George Strait helped us say goodbye to the infamous Astrodome. His performance was also the last of the HLS&R 30 year anniversary. I could not think of a better way to exit a place that helped bring such rich tradition to this event.

Shalin Pei — Monday, February 15, 2010 3:56 pm

My favorite thing about Texas festivals is how we have absolutely no shame in our fatty unhealthiness. We let ourselves indulge in deliciousness and are completely unapologetic with our love for anything and everything fried. When I was living in LA, I sorely missed fried pickles so I started making my own…. eventually I was known amongst my friends for always providing new/exciting (to them) deep-fried treats. And they love me for it.

CalvinUH — Monday, February 15, 2010 5:22 pm

Simply…A day at the HLS&R BBQ Cookoff makes me taste like Texas.

No literally my skin and clothes smell like mesquite smoke for the next couple of days…

Travis — Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:36 am

although houston has been my adopted hometown for years, i have yet to make it to the HLSR. i’m know stranger to the rodeo though.

what i love about rodeos:

1. the monkey that rides the dog around the arena
2. funnel cake and corn dogs*
3. drinking outdoors
4. the smell of manure (you can’t deny it!)

*not to be confused with the yankee imitation corny dogs

Nate '08 — Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:04 pm

Frontier Fiesta and the Livestock Show & Rodeo are Texas’ halloween and mardi gras. Most of us don’t own a ranch (yet) and even those of us that do are a far cry from being cowboys and cowgirls. These festivals give us a chance to dress up, play pretend, and get in touch with our heritage at the same time. Who doesn’t daydream about joining the Trail Ride and camping in Memorial Park, shortly before realizing that the real experience is more like a smellier ms150 with fewer rest stops?

I hope that Frontier Fiesta can incorporate something like the BBQ Cookoff (or maybe just Fiesta tailgating) to boost attendance and bring that event back to its past glory. Then we could really eat ‘em up, Coogs!

Marc — Tuesday, February 16, 2010 9:38 pm

We’re so impressed by all the comments that we’ve decided that you are all winners. Doesn’t that do wonders for your self esteem? Send your address to my email (marc@theloopscoop.com) and I’ll get the passes in the mail to you. Thanks so much for reading The Loop Scoop and we’ll look forward to seeing you out at the Rodeo Cook-Off.

Feel free to continue commenting on the article and who knows, if your memory blows us away, you might win a Cook-Off pass as well.

Elizabeth — Friday, February 19, 2010 8:33 am

What I love about Texas (and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and other such events) is that everything about those events screams the pride of Texas that every one in this state posesses. What says Texas more than a huge 3 day festival that celebrates BBQ and comraderie, and a month long celebration of all things Rodeo that is a culmination of a years worth of hard work by 100s of volunteers working to put something together that benefits many organizations around the state and the country. For me it’s all about pride and love of this great state of Texas. Yeee haw!

Kevin — Tuesday, February 23, 2010 9:51 pm

I went to the rodeo and cookoff my first year living in Houston and felt like I was truly experiencing Houston. The city has been growing on me ever since – going on eight years now. In my opinion, the best thing about the HLSR is the widespread recognition it receives as something unique to this city. Sure, there are rodeos everywhere, but people around the country (who are familiar with rodeos) know the significance of ours. Houston is on the cusp of gaining the respect it deserves nationally for more than freeways, humidity and oil and the more original events and culture in general we have, the more lasting it will be.

Josy — Wednesday, February 24, 2010 5:53 pm

Why I love Texas style festivals like HLS&R or Frontier Fiesta because of their uniqueness nowhere in the world you will find any festival that even come close to HLS&R
People all over come just to experience what all the fuss is about and leave wanting to come back every year!

Natalie Oloumi — Friday, February 26, 2010 10:48 am

I never got to be in fronteir fiesta but my sister was and the best memory was when I got to go see her to her skit for her DG tent! It was hilarious and a lot of fun! My favorite memory about the Rodeo is when a friend of mine and another rodeo attendee accidently swithced purses because they looked identical. Luckily they just called each others cell phones and worked it out! Houston rodeo goers are honest and fun! AND THE FOOD AND BOOZE IS THE BEST PART TOO! Especially the Bar B Q

Kristi — Friday, February 26, 2010 3:50 pm

I love the tradition behine the HLSR. I remeber going to see Alabama when I was younger. Now I am able totake my kids and let them experience a good time. And you can’t forget about the pig races.

Pharmacy technician resume — Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:24 am

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

Gisele Freeman — Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:49 am

Being a native Houstonian I can safely say that every year I attend the HLS&R I create memories that will last a lifetime.. Each year our crowd grows larger and you know what they say the more the merrier… I know that the Rodeo goes and does the same thing in other cities but I would like to think that the top Honour belongs to Houston… Like all have said the feeling of being at a festival with friends and the overwhelming aroma of FOOD is my ALLTIIME FAVORITE memory.. Once it comes to an end we count down the days for the next one… Please Please pick me………. Thanks! ;)

Misty — Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:39 pm

Growing up in a small Texas town, I’m no stranger to rodeos, BBQ, beer and all that goes along with them. That said, the HLS&R is a chance for me to get a little taste of home, without ever leaving the loop! My favorite thing about Texas Style festivals is the companionship that goes along with them. They’re a great way to meet up with and hang out with friends, new and old. Can you think of a better way to spend time with old friends than conversation over a big ol’ plate of BBQ and an ice cold beer? And with such good fellowship abound, there’s no better way to make new friends either! Hoping to make lots of new friends this year!

lindsay — Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:35 pm

The reason that I love all the festivities here in texas,including frontier fiesta, and, the rodeo cookoff, is because I love the denim, I love the cut off shorts I love the beautiful people I love the cowboy hats, I love the tight jeans, the plaid shirts, the whiskey, the beer, the barbeque, the turkey legs, the funnel cakes, the country music, the dirt, the hay ,the horses, the cows, the state of texas is amazing.
texas is so I underestimated about it places to go and things to do . apparently those people have not been either 1 of these events.

blanca — Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:13 pm

my favorite memory is with my mom and brother, we went to see Selena. It was a long time ago and I would love to go back with my own children to leave lasting memories in their hearts as well

Jessica — Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:23 am

I love HLS&R! Where else can you experience such a diverse group of Houstonians and Rodeo loving visitors. One of my favorite things about it is meeting some of these interesting people. I have met people from New Jersey, California, even as far away as China! The only thing more fun than meeting people who have come from so far away is running in to all the locals, friends, family and future x-boyfriends!!! Can’t wait for the fun to begin! See you at the Rodeo!!!!

jody — Monday, February 18, 2013 6:56 pm

I have never been to rodeo, so I can’t comment :(Would love to change that this year though!

Daira Valdez — Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:55 pm

What I love most about Texas style festivals like HLS&R and/or Frontier Fiesta (which is especially near and dear to my heart since I am a UH alum. Go coogs!) is that these events give us the opportunity to show off that everything is truly bigger and better here. People get to see first hand the pride we carry and why. These events also let us bond with our visitors while engaging in some fun and friendly competition. As an added bonus, we enjoy concerts from a wide variety of genres that appeal to our eclectic musical tastes, thereby showing that we enjoy much more than just country music. Overall, these events show that Texan traditions extend beyond a stereotypical box.

Renero — Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:36 am

I would love to win some tickets to the cook off this thanks really never been to the cook off.

Ahmad — Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:11 am

Laney, I’ll let you know when the book trailer is up on U Tube. It rellay is fun to watch!Katie, how nice to hear you liked The Gift. As for horses, I love looking at them, but I’m a nervous rider not a good thing because they can tell!Roxy Suzanne thanks for the support! You guys are amazing.

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