Raider Red Meats hosting annual Barbecue & Ribeye Championships, Aug. 20-21

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LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from Texas Tech University:

The Raider Red Meats Barbecue & Ribeye Championship will be held Aug. 20-21, highlighting cooks locally and nationwide while raising scholarship funds for Texas Tech University students.

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the competition serves as the Texas state championship and is open to competitors around the nation. A collegiate division will be included for a fourth year.

Raider Red Meats, a part of the Meat Science & Muscle Biology program, has funded scholarships for Texas Tech students since 1982. All proceeds from this event go into the Raider Red Meats Endowment Fund to sponsor scholarships for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR). This event is consistently the largest contributor to the scholarship funding.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the 2021 Raider Red Meats Barbecue & Ribeye Championship,” said Tate Corliss, director of Raider Red Meats. “This is a great opportunity for our students to network and learn from leaders within the industry. After not being able to host the event in 2020, we are working hard to make this one the biggest and best ever.”

This marks the 12th year for the cookoff, which involves CASNR students throughout the process, working all aspects of the event, including the sponsor dinner.

“It’s a great thing for the students to be involved with the Barbecue & Ribeye Championship,” Corliss said. “The student-sponsor interaction for this event is so critical, giving students the opportunity to meet those who are lessening their financial burden and the sponsors an opportunity to meet the next generation of meat-science experts.”

The competition will take place in the Animal & Food Sciences building parking lot (Commuter West) on the Texas Tech campus. Team entry fee is $275 and cooks are invited to compete in a steak contest and four meat divisions: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Check-in, setup and cooking will begin Friday (Aug. 20) followed by a sponsor dinner and entertainment. Judging will be on Saturday (Aug. 21), followed by an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

About Raider Red Meats

Raider Red Meats’ mission to fund scholarships and serve others has been made possible by offering only premium cuts of beef, lamb and pork. The product line consists of fully cooked and ready-to-eat meats such as smoked beef, prime rib, smoked sausage and beef jerky. The steaks are carefully chosen and aged to perfection. Products are available at Raider Red Meats in the Animal and Food Sciences building on the Texas Tech campus. Visit for more information. Also, stay up to date by following @raiderredmeats on Instagram and liking the Raider Red Meats Facebook page.

(Press release from Texas Tech University)

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