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La Feria BBQ Team Earns Top Spot at Cowboy Cook-off

La Feria BBQ-Holics cooking team gets award from Los Fresnos Rodeo Queen Karen Waters. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

by Tony Vindell/LFN

A team of BBQ cooks from La Feria are grilling some of the best meats in the Rio Grande Valley, earning top spots during competitions.

And it’s a team which has made it to the elite list in just a couple of years.

They’re called BBQ-Holics.

Just this and last month the team, made up of Hector Cantu and Vicente Ochoa, took the grand prize at the third annual Los

Fresnos Cowboy Cook-Off and the reserved grand champion in Mission the month before.

“It feels good,” Cantu said after receiving the prize in Los Fresnos. “We compete about twice a month.”

He said he and Ochoa have been cooking together for the last two years.

They took first place with brisket at the cowboy cook-off as well as several other spots.

The competition was tough as some of the cooking teams have been grilling for many years, competing in just about every cook-off in the Valley.

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