USO-Houston will host hundreds of service members and their families in the “Team USO BBQ” tent at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s World’s Championship Barbeque Contest. Full details at .  Friday, February 22, 2013, noon – 10:00 p.m.  Saturday, February 23, 2013, noon – 10:00 p.m. Reliant Stadium, Two Reliant Park, Houston, Texas 77054  Blue Lot, Spaces C-712 and C-714, Los Vaqueros Trail at Reliant Stadium Way The USO is competing at the Houston Rodeo’s BBQ Cook-off in order to express appreciation for and to entertain local troops and their families, as well as to raise funds via event underwriters for USO operations in Houston. 

WHO: Guests: Military service members and their families, military retirees, USO-Houston volunteers, and Team USO BBQ donors will be granted complimentary access to the Team USO BBQ tent. Guests must present valid military ID or donor pass for tent entry.  

Special Appearances: Special appearances are scheduled from Johnny Trigg and Tuffy Stone of Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, and the Dynamo Girls and Diesel.  Live Entertainment: Live musical entertainment from the New York City-based USO Liberty Bells (Stephanie Gerson, Zane Gerson, Larissa Klinger, Melissa Van Pelt); the U.S. Marine Corps Marching Band; Chris Hardy, Josh Wager, Bryan Shane, and James Copeland; T.O.A.S.T.; Jesse Roach; and the Jared Waggoner Band.  Cooks: The Direct Heat & Texas City Cookers with chief cook Chris Richardson will be competing out of the Team USO BBQ tent, as well as cooking for the hundreds of tent guests.

Competing out of the USO’s second space is barbeque legend Johnny Trigg, winner of 63 Grand Championships, two-time winner of the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, multiple winner of the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s Team of the Year, and featured competitor on the BBQ Pitmasters television show.  
Underwriters: Direct Energy is the title underwriter of Team USO BBQ, with significant donor support from exclusive grocery partner Kroger, Regions Bank-Houston, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, in-kind non-alcoholic beverage donor Coca-Cola, H&H Tents and Events, Nexans AmerCable, Houston Texans Foundation, and Top Brass Military and Tactical

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  1. kent black August 20, 2013 12:56 pm 

    Willow brook Church had its first Veteran appreciation evening October 20th 2012 for all veterans past and present, families, and friends. We had a great response but we want to do more and reach more in 2013 not as a church but men and women who serve GOD. We or thankful for the service these men/women have given for us to be able to be free. Veterans Day will be Monday November 11th so we would like to hold our 2013 event Saturday November 9th.
    We partnered with Operation Finally Home and plan on doing so again in 2013 all proceeds and donations go to them.
    We need and would like your support so hears the deal. We or going to have a cook-off between the church’s a friendly but fierce competition those who think they or the best at cooking brisket, ribs, chicken breasts, and chili, trophies will be presented that evening during the entertainment break, you do not have to have a 18 wheeler pit a little smoky in the right hands can deliver a great rack of ribs.
    Competition food will be cooked and judged around 3pm Saturday the food and entertainment for the servicemen/women, families and friends will start 6pm food 7pm entertainment.
    We or asking each team to cook food for the evening:
    Example 300 people have tickets to attend the evening event (No charge for tickets will explain later when we meet) 300 people we have 10 teams this means each team should cook enough to serve 30 people, easy enough.
    We wait on the servicemen/women, families and friends hand an foot the evening is for them thanking each one for their service, their children’s service, grandfathers service, etc. If anyone from your church would like to help serve contact

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