Yaga’s Wild Game Cook Off – A Protein Paradise

One of Galveston’s most anticipated events every year is the Yaga’s Children’s Fund Wild Game Cook Off. Professional pit masters travel from all over Texas to compete in the charity competition. Since its start in 1997 the cook off has raised over 1 million dollars for the Yaga’s Children’s fund benefitting Galveston County children’s charities.

Despite being a charity event, the competition is fierce and these teams take their meat seriously. Each team competes for bragging rights for the best brisket, ribs, chicken, sea food, wild game and other categories.

Talk about a protein paradise! There was hardly a carb in site. My insulin pens felt lonely and unneeded all day. I was in heaven hanging out in the judging booth, snapping photos and eating all the left overs. My camera sometimes awards me special treatment. I was offered free beers and food by teams just for grabbing a couple shots. (I hope I included everyone below that hooked me up.)

Enjoy these photos from the 20th Annual Wild Game Cook Off and try your best not to be hungry afterwards.

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This year’s Cook Off was dedicated by many to the HogFather himself, our friend and bad ass guardian angel, Craig Rose

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Craig was the realest guy around. There is no one on this planet quite like this incredible human. RIP Brother.

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Wise words of Mr. Rose

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These teams aren’t playing around. Some of the set ups were insane!

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What’s an event without some live music?

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These kids rocked!

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The teams stay out all night prepping their food. There is no telling what goes down after dark, well this may give you an idea…

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Let the judging begin!

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Judging looked tough, everything was delicious!

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The prize!

See you at next year’s Wild Game Cook Off!

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