It’s the time of year for the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to get underway, beginning with tonight’s kick off of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Cook-Off. Three days of mouth-watering smells emanating from Reliant Park. 

“The Barb-B-Q is basically fun.  It’s a great place to wander around and look at different pits, and things that people set up for their teams,” Duncan Underwood, Chairman of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que.  “It’s smoke and boots.”

Last year Houston attorney Kerry Fellows and his group Across the Track took first place in the ribs category and the grand championship.  He’ll be there tonight with his team.

“We’re basically going to be cooking tonight.  We’ve got a crowd coming in tonight and we’ve got to see if I can get some food cooked for everybody, Fellows tells KTRH News.

Tonight’s hours are:

  • Tonight: 5-11pm
  • Friday: noon to 11pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 11pm

Fellows is hoping lightning will strike twice in the winner’s circle for the grand championship.  He says last year’s victory took a little getting used to. “It was a numbing feeling actually.  It took me a couple months to get my head around it.”

Tickets are $15 for everyone 12 and over, $5 for children 3-12.   With your ticket you get a chopped beef sandwich from the Chuck Wagon, the public food tent. You also have access to the carnival, which opens at 6, the Garden, with live music and dancing, and the Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon, where you can purchase craft beers and soda.

This year features a great line up of talent in the Garden:

On Thursday Justin van Sant is among the performers with headliner Cody Johnson.

Friday’s lineup includes Mike and the Moonpies with headliner Jack Ingram.

Saturday the music on the Miller Stage at the garden kicks off at 11:30 am, and continues through the day with Breelan Angel, Max Stalling, Bart Crow, Aaron Watson and Kevin Fowler.