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Goat Cookoff

Electra's eclectic Texas barbecue

May 10, 1997
Web posted at: 12:00 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT)

(CNN) -- The small town of Electra, Texas is putting a twist on what most folks call barbecue. This weekend, instead of steaks and ribs, it's serving up goat.

"It tastes like beef, sort of," explains Dawn Dunsmore of the Electra Chamber of Commerce. "Well, really, it's got it's own flavor. It tastes like goat."

The highlight of the Electra Goat BBQ -- assuming one's not a vegetarian -- is the Electra Goat BBQ Cookoff. This year, 39 "cookers" are expected to participate.

"It's very tough if you don't cook it right," says Dunsmore. "That's the whole point [of the competition]."

In addition to music, horseshoe throwing, a tug-of-war and a pie auction, the all-day-Saturday festival includes a Cow-Patty Plop; 100 squares are laid out in a field and sold for $20 each. Participants win $1,000 if they are lucky enough to have a cow defile their square.

"It used to be a secret [location], and you had to have a map and an invitation... finally we asked them to bring it to town so we would be known for something."

Dunsmore says the event, which attracts about 1,500 people, began 14 years ago with a private party on the banks of the town's river.

"It used to be a secret [location], and you had to have a map and an invitation," she says. "And finally we asked them to bring it to town so we would be known for something."

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