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Bridgeland is about to get a little spicier and a little more fun when the 13th annual 3BQ Cookoff and Car Show returns to Oak Meadow Park. The 3 in 3BQ represents the three Bs in Bridgeland barbeque and this resident-driven, family-friendly event is one of the area favorites taking place on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oak Meadow Park. It’s a fun-filled day for the family that serves as a benefit for Bridgeland’s high school athletic programs.

It all starts on Friday night with a Quick-Fire Challenge. And just like those cooking shows you might binge watch, while barbecue contestants are busy setting up for the public to arrive on Saturday, they’ll be given two ingredients and a limited amount of time to turn them into a magical, mouth-watering masterpiece.

Residents will wake up on Saturday to the scent of paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and smoke wafting through the park. When you start hankering for some of the tastiest barbecue in Cypress, head on over to Oak Meadow Park where you can purchase a barbecue plate for just $7. Fill your belly with some delicious down-home barbecue while supporting high school athletic programs, as all proceeds from the event will benefit the Bridgeland High School Booster Club.

Trophies will be awarded to the chefs with the best barbecue on the block. Do you think you have what it takes? Registration to participate in the cookoff can be found here. Gather your supplies and your secret spice blend for rubbing, and let’s get cooking!

Alongside all of this barbecue goodness are activities for the kids, like bounce houses and snow cones, and a car show. Area classic car owners will allow you to step back in time as they showcase some of the vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles from days gone by. You might find yourself saying, “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.” You’ll have a chance to vote for the one that stands out to you the most. At the end of the day, trophies for first through fifth place will be awarded based on people’s favorites.

Do you have a vintage car, truck or motorcycle – or any vehicle – that you’d like to showcase? You can register here to enter the car show. Space is limited and registration closes on March 23.

It wouldn’t be a barbecue without a little music. We’ve got a line-up of some of Cypress’ favorite local musicians. Performing live at the cookoff is Matt Sebastian, Mike Gilbert and Marcus Breidenthal, so you can eat, dance and be merry!

Judging is conducted by attendees and those who sign up on the SignUpGenius app can vote for their favorite barbecue. Winners in the Ribs, Chicken, and Brisket categories, as well as the Quick-Fire Challenge will be announced at the end of the day on Saturday.

It might have started small, but the 3BQ Cookoff event has grown into something the community looks forward to each year. You’ll want to come out to Oak Meadow Park on March 26 and support Bridgeland’s Booster Club and your neighborhood chefs while enjoying your favorite ribs, chicken, and brisket, listen to country music and see some amazing automobiles. Bridgeland residents can follow the closing ceremonies live on the 3BQ Cook-Off Facebook page beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The 13th Annual 3BQ Cookoff and Car Show is presented by Service First Construction Group and the Quick Fire Challenge is brought to you by The Dillard Realty Team. Additional event sponsors are: Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, A-1 Painting, Craft Cigar, Cypress Home Security, Haidamous & Associates, J&W Janitorial Services, Local Table, Revitalymph, Slide Hustle, Steam Commander, The Lippincott Team, and Troy Hooper State Farm.