The Texas811 “swag’n wagon” is adding another jewel to its crown.
Chili champ, with a first place and two third place awards!
You’ll never see the Texas811 “swag’n wagon” cowering behind a rope barrier away from the people and organizations it’s designed to promote. The well-traveled, hands-on and totally accessible wagon seen so recently at the Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit in San Marcos did a one day turnaround in Dallas after the Summit and headed south again, this time to Houston to the Greater Houston Builder’s Association chili/salsa cook-off on Friday, February 13th.
Under the leadership of “Wagon Hoss” Rick Pollard, the spicy Texas811 team rolled into the biggest city in Texas, set up camp and opened season(ing).
Team members Avelino “Spice Master” Faz, Rolando “Brownie Monster” Chairez, Oscar “Salsa King” Ortega, Kevin “Meat Man” Alvizures and Jaime “Prep Master” Medina quickly moved in for the grill with three chili recipes – red chili, green chili and “anything goes” chili. (And there is NO TRUTH to the rumor that another team ended up missing a Chihuahua…ahem.)
Competing against 22 teams, the Texas811 team cooked up their entries, as follows:
The red chili was a basic chili with no fillers. Key ingredients included a combination of mild pork sausage, 97% lean ground beef, Mexican chocolate, various spices and peppers of the red variety, and Jim Beam Black Double aged bourbon. (one sip by the chefs to test for purity)
The green chili was a basic verde or green chili with no fillers. Key ingredients included a combination of pork tenderloin, green tomatoes, tomatillos, various spices and peppers of the green variety, cilantro, and sour cream.
The “anything goes” chili was just what it sounds like. Key ingredients included a combination of Tri-Tip beef (sirloin), stew meat, various spices and peppers of the smoky variety, Mexican chocolate, fine ground dark roast coffee, ranch beans, and Guinness extra stout beer. (taste-tested for purity before cooking, rest assured)
When the judges were done sampling all the chili cauldrons and the smoke cleared, Texas811 stood tall in the saddle with a first place for red chili, and two third place awards for green chili and “anything goes” chili.
We’re proud of our team and their accomplishment in their first-ever chili cook-off event – and we’re even prouder of our 811 service. While no awards are given out in this field, our over 1,400 members are testimony to the unparalleled support Texas811 provides.
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Heck, Rick will even make you a bowl of our award winning chili!