Texas Tech University

Raider Red Meats Schedules Annual Barbecue and Ribeye Championship

George Watson

August 10, 2018

Raider Red Meats

The event is once again sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

The Raider Red Meats Barbecue & Ribeye Championship will be held Aug. 24-25, highlighting cooks locally and nationwide while raising scholarship funds for Texas Tech University students.

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the competition serves as the Texas state championship and is open to competitors around the nation. Thirteen states were represented last year, and a collegiate division will be included for the second straight year.

Raider Red Meats, a part of the Meat Science & Muscle Biology program, has funded scholarships for Texas Tech students since 1982. All proceeds from this event go into the Raider Red Meats Endowment Fund to sponsor scholarships for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR). This event is consistently the largest contributor to the scholarship funding.

“Having a big-name sanctioning body over our event like the Kansas City Barbeque Society really sets us apart,” said Tate Corliss, director of Raider Red Meats.


This marks the 10th year for the cookoff, which involves CASNR students throughout the process, working all aspects of the event, including the sponsor dinner.

“It's a great thing for the students to be involved with the Barbecue and Ribeye championship,” Corliss said. “They get to interact with people from across the country who are lessening their financial burden, and the sponsors get to interact with some of the students who are receiving funds from their donation.”

The competition will take place in the Animal and Food Sciences building parking lot (Commuter West) on the Texas Tech campus. Team entry fee is $275 and cooks are invited to compete in a steak contest and four meat divisions: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Check-in, setup and cooking will begin Friday (Aug. 24) followed by a sponsor dinner and entertainment. Judging will be on Saturday (Aug. 25), followed by an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

“This event is a way to connect our department, college and university to a different audience we might not be reaching,” Corliss said.

About Raider Red Meats

Raider Red Meats' mission to fund scholarships and serve others has been made possible by offering only premium cuts of beef, lamb and pork. The product line consists of fully cooked and ready-to-eat meats such as smoked beef, prime rib, smoked sausage and beef jerky. The steaks are carefully chosen and aged to perfection. Products are available at Raider Red Meats in the Animal and Food Sciences building on the Texas Tech campus. Visit www.raiderredmeats.com for more information. Also, stay up to date by following @raiderredmeats on Instagram and liking the Raider Red Meats' Facebook page.