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Weekend Chef: Shake and Bake-Off at TMS

Posted 8:12pm on Friday, Apr. 12, 2013

Yes, there is racing this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, but for me it was all about the food. I was a judge in the TMS Shake and Bake-Off concessions showdown. The contest showcased eight-food finalists from over 35 entries of actual menu items available at the track, with us judges picking out a “Best Tasting” and “Most Original” winners.

My fellow judges include, Jeff Hammond (SPEED), Kaitlin Vincie (SPEED), Brian Estridge (WBAP/820 AM/96.7 FM), Jack Layman (Jack & Grill/Bayou Jack's), Quincy Hart (Twisted Root/Tacos and Avocados), Katie (TMS/Great American Sweetheart), Claire B. Lang (SiriusXM), Doug Rice (PRN) and Paige McCoy Smith (WFAA/Good Morning Texas).

The eight finalists tasted in order were: Cheese on a Stick, Fried Bologna Sandwich, Jalapeno/Cheese Dog, Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich, Smokn' Hub Caps, Inferno Dog, Fried Guacamole and Chocolate Covered Frozen Turtle Cheesecake.

If you saw my earlier post, you know I was especially worried about the Inferno Dog (quarter pound hot dog topped with nacho cheese, salsa, cayenne hot sauce and spicy jalapenos). Turns out it was not that bad; actually it was mighty tasty. Turns out all eight were pretty good. I guess that should be expected, being the finalists from more than 35 entries.

The winner for best taste was: Chocolate Covered Frozen Turtle Cheesecake -- cheesecake with caramel and pecans dipped in chocolate and served on a stick. I am not really a dessert person, so it was not my pick, but it was good. For me, the real winner for best taste was the Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich, a grilled ribeye smothered with onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. It also came with a couple of dipping sauces on the side, mighty tasty. Turns out K&C Concessions made both, so good for them!

The winner for most original: Smokn' Hub Caps, a glazed doughnut topped with Texas barbeque brisket, creamy coleslaw and crispy onion strings. This concoction has been getting a lot of press, and is the most original, but the glazed doughnut was just a little to sweet for me (OK, a lot too sweet). I wish they made a savory version with an unglazed doughnut or something savory like bagels.

And for my honorable mention, I really liked the Fried Bologna Sandwich, fried bologna and cheese with fried onions, jalapenos.

So if you tried any of the concessions this weekend at TMS, let me know what was your favorite!

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