Forgotten lamb chops win grand champion in Erath cook-off

Todd Bodin puts his racks of lamb on the pit, with less than an hour to go before judging.

Blake Miguez’s cooking team took home top honors in the chicken category. On the team are (left to right) Scott Toups, Jeremiah Broussard and Trey D’ Augereau and 2013 Queen Gabby Patout. They also finished second in the Open Division with Shrimp/Bacon and second in the Beef Category.

BESCO Team of Bo and Shelby Bernard, with his family and queen Gabby Patout, took home first place in the pork category. They cooked ribs. They were second in the Chicken Category.

The cooking team, Cajun 2 da bone took home first place in the Beef Category. In the picture, left to right, are Blaine Lopez, Chris Lopez, Jude Savoy , Nick Lopez and queen Gabby Patout.

ERATH - Todd Bodin is not afraid to try something new like barbecuing a rack of lamb - something he has never done before.
He went shopping to try and find the right kind of meat to put on his pit for the 19th Annual Fourth of July Erath Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off this weekend.
He could have went with bacon wrapped shrimp, maybe even cooking crabs or some type of fish on the pit.
Then he saw it - a rack of lamb. How hard could it be? Season it. Throw it on the pit and then forget about it.
The crazy thing is that is exactly what he did: seasoned it, put on the pit and he forgot about it.
When he remembered about his meat, he took it off the pit and figured it was ready for judging.
Bodin’s lamb chops were placed in the “open” category of the cook-off. There were beef, pork, chicken and open category (a type of meat other than pork, beef, or chicken).
His forgotten lamb chops impressed the judges so much, that it was declared the “Grand Champion” of the cook-off. His dish scored the highest out of all the categories.
He won a trophy and $250 cash for his top dish.
“When I bought it, I knew it would be something different,” he said after accepting his trophy.
One judge said it was so tender, it melted off the bone.
Bodin’s lamb chops also took first place in the “open” category.
This year’s bar-be-que cook-off was one of the largest cook-offs Erath has had. There were 45 total entries. The pork, alone, had 16 entries.

2014 Erath 4th of July
Barbecue Cookoff Results

Beef Division
1st – Cajun 2 da Bone -- Chief Cook Jude Savoy. Beef Ribs
2nd – Blake Miguez Cooking Team -- Chief Cook Scott Toups. Tri-tip Roast
3rd – Besco Construction -- Chief Cook Shelby Bernard. K.C. Brisket

Pork Division
1st – Besco Construction -- Chief Cook Shelby Bernard. Ribs
2nd – Brother-in-Law BBQ -- Chief Cook Matt Richard. Ribs
3rd – Diamond Girls -- Chief Cook Shelly Meaux. Pork Loin stuffed with Andouille Sausage

Chicken Division
1st – Blake Miguez Cooking Team -- Chief Cook Scott Toups. Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken
2nd – Besco Construction -- Chief Cook Shelby Bernard. BBQ Chicken Halves
3rd – IOS -- Chief Cook Vance Landry. BBQ Chicken

Open Division
1st – Bodin Oil -- Chief Cook Todd Bodin. Lamb Chops
2nd – Blake Miguez Cooking Team -- Chief Cook Scott Toups. Bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp
3rd – Seriously Smokin’ -- Chief Cook Jay Cassidy. Bell Pepper stuffed with Shrimp, Crab, & Eggplant

Grand Champion
Bodin Oil -- Chief Cook Todd Bodin. Lamb Chops

2014 Homemade Pie Baking & Dessert Contest

1st – Abby Savoie – Cracker Pie
2nd – Ellen Boudreaux – Fig Cake
3rd – Jackie Suire – Rustic Cherry Berry Pie

Overall Winner
Gladys Moss – Punch Bowl Strawberry Cake


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