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Muskogee resident Stan Echols was just receiving commenced when he sampled chili all around midday Saturday at the Exchange Club of Muskogee’s Chili & BBQ Cook-off.

Echols and other folks in his spouse and children had stopped at just one of the initially booths previous the cook-off entrance. Dozens of chili and barbecue booths ended up lined up on both equally sides of an outdated airstrip at Hatbox Subject. After decades in downtown Muskogee, the 37th yearly cook dinner-off moved to Hatbox, where sellers had extra than twice the area to provide their chili and barbecue.

Echols broke into laughter immediately after saying he planned to pay a visit to “each individual solitary 1 of them.”

“Final 12 months, it was shut down simply because of the pandemic. We’ve been on the lookout ahead to this,” said Stan’s spouse, Kenneta Echols. 

“We’re vaccinated and we’re completely ready to mingle,” Stan mentioned.

Kenneta stated she loves all the meals “as extended as it is really not warm.”

If the chili was not incredibly hot adequate, the climate surely was. Highs arrived at into the 90s, in accordance to the AccuWeather site. 

That failed to hold hundreds from roaming along the airstrip, hanging on to their taster kits and drinks. The larger place retained individuals from currently being shoulder-to-shoulder as at previous venues. Some larger sized vendors available areas to sit and neat off. Misting enthusiasts blew endlessly.

The Muskogee Fence booth provided available chili, as well as sizzling one-way links built with cheese and venison. 

“I just hunt and destroy the deer and get them to Tulsa. They make all the sausage,” stated Muskogee Fence operator Wayne Adams stated. “I employed to make them but it truly is less difficult to take it to Tulsa.”

The more substantial area gave quite a few booths area to boast of previous cook dinner-victories with tables complete of trophies

The Edge Controls booth shown its earlier victories on their banners. This year, the booth supplied chili, beans, pork, sizzling inbound links, brisket.

“I come to feel like we generally have the greatest barbecue,” server Cheryl Gaddy claimed. “Individuals arrive back just to find our title. They bear in mind us every single yr.”

Bobby Harris stopped by the booth for some ‘cue.

“I know they normally do a good work, so I wished to come out below and test it,” he explained. “I normally prepare dinner in this detail, but small business stored me away and I didn’t get residence past night time till about two o’clock in the early morning.”

Harris wore a T-shirt touting Fort Gibson’s Smokin’ the Fort barbecue cook-off each October.

Rhonda and Richard Millsap of Muskogee experienced their personal chili level of competition at their patriotic booth. Rhonda served Granny’s Chili, whilst Richard served Pop’s American Manufactured Chili.

Rhonda Millsap claimed they compete in chili prepare dinner-offs in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. She explained her chili is “a minor little bit much more spicy than his.”

Richard Millsap claimed his chili is superior likely because of follow.

“I have been performing it a great deal more time,” he mentioned. “And I gained this in 2019. I failed to provide my trophy. I should really have.”

Muskogee Exchange Club Chili & BBQ Cook-off results

Staff Identify, Head prepare dinner

1 Bandit BBQ, Gordon Carlin

2 Granny’s Chili, Rhonda Millsap

3 Pops American Built Chili, Richard Millsap


1 Pops American Built Chili, Richard Millsap

2 Jailhouse Barbeque, Byron Eby

3 Advance Workzone Expert services, Brad Bickle


1 The Barracks, Ashley Davis

2 Okie Eggers, Tracy Hoos

3 Greazzy Fender BBQ, Chad Henderson

ECCO Open up

1 Greazzy Fender BBQ, Chad Henderson

2 Bandit BBQ, Dave Ross

3 Mudcat Bar-B-Chew, Mudcat


1 Okie Eggers, Tracy Hoos

2 Greazzy Fender BBQ, Chad Henderson

3 Lady Bandits BBQ, Sharon Ross


1 Progress Workzone Providers, Brad Bickle

2 Girl Bandits BBQ, Sharon Ross

3 Bandit BBQ, Dave Ross

ECCO Scorching One-way links

1 Bandit BBQ, Dave Ross

2 Greazzy Fender BBQ, Chad Henderson

3 FooKing Hotwing Co., Colin Wetz

Crowd Pleasing BBQ DIV1 

1 Sophisticated Workzone Services, Scott Gady

2 The “Cornerstone” of All Chili, Scott Harding

Crowd Satisfying BBQ DIV2

1 Fooking Hotwing Co.

2 Bravado Wi-fi

3 The Barracks / Bigguns BBQ

Group Satisfying CHILI DIV 1

1 Sophisticated Workzone Companies, Scott Gady

2  Love Me Some Chili (Really like Bottling) Ray Walters

3 Chili, Chili, Bang, Bang (Firstar Lender), Jason Hinger

Group Pleasing CHILI DIV 2

1 Team Kelley (Servpro), Jordan Kelley

2 DJ Witty State Farm, DJ Witty 

3 Bandit BBQ, Sonya Selman

Group Pleasing Very hot Back links

1 Sophisticated Workzone Solutions, Scott Gady

2 Dinky Hyperlinks, Jim Wilcoxen

3 Muskogee Fireplace Division, Joe Crofcheck

Group Pleasing SHOWMANSHIP DIV 1

1 Highly developed Workzone Companies, Scott Gady

Group Pleasing SHOWMANSHIP DIV 2

1 Jackson Hewitt Tax Support, Randy Williams

2 DJ Witty State Farm, DJ Witty 

3 Bravado Wi-fi, Nick Martin

Crowd Satisfying BAKED BEANS

1 Advanced Workzone Services, Scott Gady

2 A&A Insulation,  Taylor Otterbine

3 Thera-Que, Michael Curtis


The Judging Crew (The Kelley Spouse and children & The Maples Family)


Thera-Que, Michael Curtis


Linda Stowers

GRAND Winner

 Bandit BBQ, Dave Ross

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