The LaSalle County Wild Hog Cook-off has become one of the largest attractions in the community on the second Saturday of March each year and draws chefs from near and far with the lure of prizes in various categories. Applications are due prior to March 1, 2017. After that, a late fee of $50 will be charged. See the Rules and Regulations link below for a complete list of rules and regulations.
- FOOD CATEGORIES – The entry may be prepared either BAR-B-Q or EXOTIC as long as wild hog meat is used as the main ingredient. You must pay a $50.00 additional fee to enter both divisions-per space. Trophy prizes will be presented for each category. For each category, contestants should bring 2 lbs of meat/product for judging to the marked window on the North side of the Fair Building. Teams must use the trays provided by the Cook-Off Director (trays must be picked up at the office). Turn in times will be specified on the trays when provided.
a. BBQ – BAR-B-Q entries should contain MEAT ONLY. Fine, smooth, light sauce (NO CHUNKS) is permitted in the BBQ category, but do not use garnish in your BBQ presentation.
b. EXOTIC – In the EXOTIC category, the meat may be prepared in any way except plain BBQ. (No tamales or sausage.)
c. COOK’S CHOICE – Cook’s Choice is anything except wild hog meat. (Pork is accepted in this category.) All Cook’s Choice entries should be turned in at 11:00 a.m. Teams can only enter this category once. Entry in this category does not affect entry into the Wild Hog Cook-Off categories (BBQ-Exotic).
2. ARTISTIC CATEGORIES – All entries should be brought to the Fair Building before 1:00 p.m. Trophy prizes will be presented for each category.
a. ARTISTIC (MEAT) PRESENTATION – Trays used should be no larger than 18”x18”. You may use the tray provided or use your own. NOTE: *This used to be two categories, but is now ONE “artistic presentation”.
i. The main emphasis of your presentation should be to display the theme for the year’s
ii. Your entry MUST contain SOME meat, even if it is only one piece… but we have to be able to SEE/FIND that piece!
b. TEAM T-SHIRT – Teams design a team t-shirt with the design of their choice. Shirt turned in must be at least a size large. All t-shirts should be family friendly (maximum PG rating). Team should deliver their t-shirt for judging to the Fair Building by 1:00 p.m.
c. SHOWMANSHIP – Teams’ designated area should be decorated showcasing the theme. Judging will be conducted between 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. Those wanting to compete must place the pink sign (provided in the meat trays) on their space so judges can identify your space with your assigned number. Please remember, no live animals can be used in your space. (Children are an exception 😉 )
All results will be announced on the Pasture Pavilion Stage at 5:00 p.m. Please come join us and support your fellow cookers!
If you have any questions, concerns, or need clarification on any rules listed here, please call our office at
(830) 879 – 2852, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.