Chuck Wagon and Dutch Oven Cook-Offs

Dating back to 1866, true cowboy cuisine doesn’t require electricity. The Arizona National Livestock Show is pleased to share this Western heritage with the generations of today, during its annual Chuck Wagon and Dutch Oven Cook-Offs.

While supplies last, the general public can line up for an authentic Chuck Wagon lunch and to sample the delicious taste of cast-iron, gourmet cooking straight off the dutch ovens. Stroll by each day to watch teams prepare their dishes and visit with them about this unique cooking style over wood coal.

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Chuck Wagon camps travel from all over the Southwest to fire up good cowboy grub at the Arizona National. The “camps” consist of an authentic old style wagon and a crew who will be cooking homemade entrees over an open flame, wood fire. Annually, $3,200 in prize money is awarded for the Best Trail Wagon and Best Ranch Wagon categories, as well as for the best meat, beans, potatoes, bread, and cobbler.

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Different from the Chuck Wagon event, the Dutch Oven Cook-Off requires participants to prepare 3 dishes — a main dish, bread and dessert — over charcoal. Dutch oven cooking demonstrations are held throughout the day of the cook-off, to provide information about cooking in cast iron pots and the amazing dishes you can do right in your own home.

Competition Information:

  • Each team must submit recipes prior to the cook off
  • Each dish is judged on Overall Appeal, Appearance & Presentation, Execution of Recipe, Taste, and Difficulty
  • Chuck Wagon Cook-Off contestants are able to dually participate in the Dutch Oven Cook-Off
  • Sanctioned by the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS), the Dutch Oven Cook-Off winner will be eligible to enter the World Championship Cook-Off

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