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Texas Man Earns Title of World Barbecue Champion in High-Stake Competition

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A Texas man has come out on top in what has been dubbed the “highest stakes food competition in the world.” Fred Robles beat out competitors from 45 states and 14 countries to earn the title of World Barbecue Champion in this year’s World Food Championships held in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Robles, who hails from Weslaco and competed with the Rio Valley Meat BBQ Team, said he does not remember hearing his name called as the competition’s champion. “I remember everyone on stage turning around to congratulate me,” Robles said. “What a thrill to be joined on stage by a bunch of folks I truly respect in BBQ.”

Fred Robles named World Barbecue Food Champion competition

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Winning the title of BBQ master was no easy feat as contestants had to battle through two separate cook-offs. The top five from each round were then able to move on to the final leg of the competition. “This event requires chefs to perform at the top of their game,” said Mike McCloud, World Food Championships founder. “Fred not only made it to the top ten during his first attempt at the World Food Championships, but he claimed the title.”

Besides the satisfaction that comes along with winning, Robles also earned a $10,000 prize. Looking ahead, he will now begin to prepare for the next level of competition that takes place in 2018.  Winners from every foot category will come together to battle for the title of Ultimate Food Champion and a grand prize of $100,000. We here at Texas Hill Country wish Fred the best of luck!


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