Grill Your Ace Off

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Come by Cypress Ace Hardware & Feed on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for a grilling cook-off fundraiser to support Children's Miracle Network! All proceeds will be donated to Children's Miracle Network in their entirety. Even if you aren't competing in the cook-off, you can still come by and help be the judge!

From 10am-1pm, come be the judge! With your $10 donation, you can load up a plate of BBQ from 20 different teams!


2018 Judging Guidelines

Judging will be based on a scale of 1 - 5, with 5 being the highest. Grilled submissions will be judged on 5 categories (click a category to view details):


  • What is the overall look of the dish being presented?
  • Are garnishes used, has the sauce been wiped from the edges of the plate?
  • Is this something you would order if presented to you at a restaurant?
  • Does it look appetizing?
  • Does everything seem to be contained within the serving plate (no lettuce hanging over the edges, no sauce pools underneath the entire plate, etc.)?


  • Would the dish be challenging to prepare?
  • Does it require a well-planned preperation to perform tasks, such as marination?
  • Are a number of ingredients used?
  • Does anything accompany the dish (for example, lettuce, pickles, etc. for a hamburger)?
  • How much of the dish is store bought (spice mixes, sauce) vs. prepared (single spices, raw ingredients)?


  • Is this something you personally would order again?
  • Is the meat tough or tender?
  • Can each ingredient be identified by taste according to the amount of each used in the dish? For example, if cumin is used and it is considered a main ingredient in the dish, it should set a large portion of the flavor in the dish, however, if a recipe calls for something like "salt to taste," the dish doesn't necessarily need to be salty.
  • If the meat is presented well done, does it taste well done?
  • Does the dish taste too salty or sweet, or conversely, too bland or "flat?"

Recipe Creativity

  • Is this a family recipe?
  • Are any uncommon, "new and different" ingredients used in what would be an otherwise "standard" recipie?
  • Can everything on the plate, not just the entrée, be made on the grill? Cooking a pizza on a grill or baking cookies is quite impressive!

People's Choice

This is for those that can serve a sample and get a "WOW" or "Mmmm!" from the other contestants, customers and staff. We will have voting slips for all to cast their vote for their favorite dish.

Want to Compete? Here are the Rules:


For those who are up for the challenge, you can apply to enter the grilling contest. Entries to the competition will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all available slots are filled.

Space is limited to 20 teams.

We will provide each team with their choice of either one (1) Big Green Egg® grill (large size) or a Traeger® Pro Series 22 grill with which to cook during the duration of the competition, however, each team is responsible for bringing their own meat to cook and any other items to go with it, like side items, spices, etc. Meat must be cooked on-site during competition hours to qualify.

A 9.5" square plate will be provided for you to turn in your dish to the panel of judges. You do not need to make four meal size servings to turn in, just make sure there is enough for each judge to taste your dish.

People's Choice runs from 10am-1pm. This is the time where the crowd will be invited in to taste your food and vote for their favorites. The food for people's choice does not have to be the same as what you turn in to the judges. You can expect anywhere from 100-300 people, though often times we see more.

A team is defined as a group of up to four (4) people. A minimum of a $125 non-refundable reservation fee per team is required for entry. This fee will be donated in its entirety to Children's Miracle Network, where it will directly benefit Children's Miracle Network. You can specify on the application what your total contribution is. See store at the address above for an application form or download it from the sidebar on the left. E-mail completed forms to . Reservations will be confirmed in writing when the reservation fee you choose is received. Mail a check with your reservation fee to the address above or call (281) 469-8020 to pay by phone, or put your credit card information on the application.

Entry deadline is Friday, October 12, 2018, or when all spaces are filled, whichever comes first. Applications are processed in the order recieved.

For questions please email or call 281-469-8020.

Download an application from the sidebar for complete rules.

Schedule of Events

    • 7:30am
    • Check in
    • 7:45am
    • Meat Check
    • 8:00am
    • Pits Lit (if not lit already)
    • 8:30am
    • Team Meeting
    • 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • People's Choice Tasting
    • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Judging
    • 3:00pm
    • Awards