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 bit.ly/TeamUSOBBQ . 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