Thousands raised for local volunteer fire department

QCVFD hosted annual cook-off

VICTORIA,Texas– Over the weekend, the Quail Creek Volunteer fire department hosted their annual cook-off and there were some big names from the barbecue world that made an entry in the competition.

The 16th annual cook-off took place at the Quail Creek subdivision to help fund-raise the everyday operation of the volunteer fire department.

36 teams from around the state participated in cooking chicken, ribs, brisket, beans and chefs choice. There was a raffle which included a golf cart as the main prize.

If you are new to competition cooking, there are three criteria for voting, which include appearance, texture, and of course the taste of the food.

The Quail Creek assistant fire chief Mike Blaschke, said without this fundraiser most of what they do on a day to day basis wouldn’t be possible.

“Some of our goals that we have set are to continue to improve and to grow. We all come together for that one goal and that is to operate and to continue to do what we do to provide the protective fire services for Victoria County,” said Blaschke.

Fire chief Ron Kramer has been at the Quail Creek fire department for 33 years and said events like these brings the community together.

“Its a 100% volunteer organization, none of us are paid a dime nor do we expect a dime for what we do. Its in our hearts, its what we love, its just part of our nature,” said Kramer.

Local chef Dwain Garber with mid-coast cookers explained why he got into the business in the first place.

“Usually there is a cause behind most of it. You get to cook you get to spend time with your family your friends, you’re helping a good cause and food makes everybody happy,”

One of the chefs at the fundraiser was Ira Green, from Flying G BBQ, who has been cooking competitively for nearly eight years. Green got into the sport as a joke and from then on he was hooked.

“I always messed with my pops like I’m a good cook and I throw ribs down at home. Well he caught my bluff and he said I’ll enter you go cook and lets see what you got. I I actually came out with a second place brisket for the first time ever and I was hooked,” said Green.

They weren’t able to host the event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but made up for it this year.