‘Team USO BBQ’ To Treat Troops and Military Families to Food and Entertainment at the Houston Rodeo BBQ Cook-off 

More than 1,000 troops to receive complimentary access to tent presented by Direct Energy

WHAT: USO Houston will host hundreds of military service members and their families in the “Team USO BBQ” tent at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s World’s Championship Barbeque Contest. The Team USO BBQ tent is presented by Direct Energy for the third straight year. 

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015, noon – 11:00 p.m. 
            Saturday, February 28, 2015, noon – 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: NRG Stadium, Two NRG Park, Houston, Texas 77054. Blue Lot, Space C-714, Los Vaqueros Trail at NRG Stadium Way

WHY: The USO is competing at the Houston Rodeo’s BBQ Cook-off in order to express the public’s appreciation for and to entertain local troops and their families. 

   Guests: Military service members and their families will be granted complimentary access to the private Team USO BBQ tent. Guests must present valid military ID or donor pass for tent entry.  

   Cooks & Competitors:  The Cypress, Texas-based Gettin’ Sauced Cookers will compete out of the Team USO BBQ tent, as well as cater for the hundreds of military 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.  
   Live Entertainment: Live musical entertainment will be provided inside the Team USO BBQ tent from the Jared Waggoner Band, Gary Kyle, Pat Ryan Band, Jay Warren, Darby Shawn, Leo Mendoza and David Payne.
   Underwriters:  Direct Energy is the presenting underwriter of Team USO BBQ, with major support from exclusive grocery donor Kroger, troops and military family underwriter US Family Health Plan, and stage and entertainment donor Highway 1 Music. Other supporters include Coca-Cola, Joe Myers Ford, Regions Bank, H & H Tents, Whitmeyer’s Distillery Co., Texas Crown, and Julie Luna Images.