Fried Red Velvet Cake and Pterodactyl Wings: Over-the-Top Eating at the Rodeo

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
Hungry? How about a four-pound burger and a megaphone of curly fries?
"That looks like a pterodactyl wing," laughed Harry Miller, a committeeman on the Commercial Exhibits Committee, as he regarded a giant slab of unidentifiable meat that was making its way to a judging table. Miller emcees the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's Gold Buckle Foodie Awards competition each year, and he's very nearly seen it all in the four years of the annual food contest.

Deep-fried Moon Pies, meat sundaes, chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick...and this year, a slew of entries each more over-the-top than the last. The pterodactyl wing in question was a slab of reconstructed beef, pieces plastered on top of each other and held together with barbecue sauce on a giant bone: meat on a stick in its most primal -- yet unappealing -- sense.

It did not go over well with the judges, me among them. But neither had many of the entries that day. The fried cherry Kool-Aid was perhaps the worst, a ball of cake dough soaked in what tasted like straight cherry-flavored syrup and then fried to a greasy, powdered sugar-topped mess.

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Deep-fried devil nuts, far right.
"Satan testicle?" responded Dallas Observer web editor Nick Rallo when I posted a photo of it to Twitter. Close enough.

Of a giant piece of pizza that was topped with too many meats to count, judge Steve Johnson of The Walton & Johnson Show joked: "This features all the animals that are on display at the Rodeo."

On the other hand, two of the entries at this year's Gold Buckle Foodie Awards -- which hands out awards to the Rodeo's various midway and fair food booths -- received perfect scores from the dozens of judges, most of whom are media personalities from around the city.

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John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Kim and her husband just stopped by the crepe stand a couple weeks ago, and they couldn't have been nicer people. So happy to hear they did well!

GWP
GWP

I have a crush for the judge on the left;)

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Landio
Landio

Where is the Fair Fix booth?  I looked for it on Saturday and couldnt find it.  

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

If another year passes & I don't eat (or GO TO) the Rodeo, I'm officially failing at Texas.

Txvet
Txvet

So, did you try the fried Red Velvet cake?  Is it worth the calories?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I did not get a chance. I'm hoping to remedy that this week with a trip to Reliant Park...

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

WoW! Bummer timing to be female and have your photo taken while eating an ice cream cone. So many jokes that I will let die....TA

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