Pitmasters Announced for Second Annual Texas Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout

Last year, Dallas Restaurant Group (Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, Dallas Fish Market) and Downtown Dallas Inc. teamed up to create the Texas Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout. Basically it’s a barbecue competition between four pitmasters from Oklahoma and four from Texas. This year, the second event will take place downtown at Main Street Garden on during Texas/OU weekend (October 11 &12).

The pitmasters competing for the 2012 Champion title and a $1000 prize in the two-round contest are:


Cliff Payne (2011 Event Champion) Cousin’s, Fort Worth,TX

Lance Kirkpatrick, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Austin,TX

Kelly Duncan, Big Daddy’s – Lavon, TX

Rev. Jeremiah McKenzie, Baby J’s BBQ & Fish, Palestine, TX


Robby Corcoran, Burn Co. BBQ, Tulsa,OK

Terel McNac, Steve’s Ribs, Edmond, OK

Russ Garrett, Coach’s,  Oklahoma City, OK

Bill Ritter,  Mud Creek BBQ, Ringling, OK

DRG Concepts and Downtown Dallas Inc. are bringing in live music from Texas and Oklahoma and the bands will perform all evening on October 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music on the lawn at Main Street Garden. In addition to the barbecue on the Red River Shootout People’s Choice Rib Plate, attendees will be able to purchase beer, wine and margaritas at the October 12 event. Who wins? Downtown Dallas!

More info below.

The Friendly Competition

Starting on October 11, the eight pitmasters will cook their signature St. Louis pork ribs and sauces all day in Downtown’s Main Street Garden (St. Paul and Main Street) for a 7 p.m. special private judging by a panel of food experts, sports industry members and community leaders.  The competition will again be “blind,” where judges will not know who cooked what recipe and judge only on food.  Two finalist winners, one from Oklahoma and one from Texas will be selected.

The panel of judges will be announced in advance of October 11.

On October 12, the two winning pitmasters will cook their winning recipes up all day, to be sold at The Texas Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout Celebration in Main Street Garden from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The 2012 Champion Winning Pitmaster will be determined by a People’s Choice vote among 2,000-plus attendees expected.  This will also be a “blind” contest, with attendees purchasing a Shootout Rib Plate with “Ribs A and B” identified only and for which they will place a vote.

All proceeds for food sales will benefit Kidd’s Kids and the charity’s work on behalf of chronically ill children and their families.

The $1,000 prize will be presented to the Champion Pitmaster at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 12.