Smokin' the competition! Burnet CISD brings home culinary gold

Contributed/Chef Mike Erickson, BCISD
Left: The Burnet UnderDAWGs brought home the gold medal at the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship regional qualifier at Bell County Expo Center in Belton and will advance to the state championship, to be held at Burnet High School next year. Team members, from left, include Martin Palacios, reserve champion chicken; Eric Ramirez, first place dessert; Sativa Yarbrough, fourth place ribs; Brandon Schwausch, first place beans; Caden Hart, fourth place brisket.
Right: Caden Hart of the Burnet BBQ UnderDAWGs prepares a raw brisket for competition at the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship regional qualifier at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Hart won fourth place in brisket to help the UnderDAWGs take first place overall team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet High School BBQ UnderDAWGS culinary team came home grand champions after they smoked the competition in the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship Regional Qualifier in Belton on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The UnderDAWGS came out on top of six other high school teams, including students from Pflugerville ISD, Austin ISD, Leander ISD, and Goldthwaite ISD.

Each crew member took home an $8,000 scholarship to the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and together, the team will advance to the State of Texas BBQ Championship, which is scheduled for May 3-4, 2019, at Burnet High School.

In addition to the competition, students had the chance to expand their cookout skills with a BBQ educational symposium, learning the basics from experts and mentors.

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin, a leading provider of accredited culinary training and education, partners with the High School BBQ Association, serving as mentors, advisors, sponsors and judges for the organization. Austin campus president, Marcus McMellon, also serves on the board of directors of the Texas High School BBQ Cookers Association.

“These teens blew us away with their BBQ mastery at such a young age,” McMellon said. “The competition was truly amazing and these young pit bosses prepared delicious dishes with an attention to detail along every step of the competition.”

The BBQ UnderDAWGS are coached by Chef Mike Erickson, who teaches culinary arts classes at Burnet High School and is the president of the Texas High School BBQ Cookers Association.

Individual results from the Belton regional are as follows:

Martin Palacios – Reserve Champion Chicken;

Eric Ramirez – 1st Place Dessert;

Brandon Schwausch – 1st Place Beans;

Canden Hart – 4th Place Brisket;

Sativa Yarbrough – 4th Place Ribs.

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