Houston Rodeo's Dutch Oven Desserts Competition Cooked 'Em Low and Slow

Categories: Game On, Q, Sweets

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Photos by Molly Dunn
Sticky bread pudding desserts, like this one, were popular entries.
Some judge barbecue and some judge food and wine at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. But me? I judge Dutch oven desserts.

On Friday, February 28, the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest hosted the fifth annual Dutch Oven Desserts Competition, and nearly 145 teams entered their sweet treats made entirely in a Dutch oven.

The competition was separated into two tasting rounds, each table of judges received eight different desserts in each round. As the desserts were passed around the table, each judge placed a scoop of the sugary creation onto a plate, sampled it and gave it a ranking of from one to ten (one being the worst and ten being the best).

It's like Thanksgiving desserts on steroids.

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Judges passed desserts around the table and scored each entry mostly based on taste.
As the sweet-tooth judges took their seats, volunteers guiding the tastings offered small milk containers to each person -- what else goes better with desserts than a nice cold jug of milk?

Each team placed its desserts directly from the Dutch oven into a Styrofoam container to be delivered to the judges' tent. We were not told which teams made each dessert and we did not receive a description of what we were eating. We let the food do the talking.

I've enjoyed only cobblers from a Dutch oven, so my palate was curious to find out what we would be served. And man oh man, it got to taste some interesting creations.

No two desserts were exactly alike. Each had its own unique style. And some worked, while others unfortunately did not.

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Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX

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