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Studley – Cooking on the Cottonwood

Each fall, the Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch hold one of my most anticipated yearly events; Cooking on the Cottonwood. The Cottonwood Ranch, located near the small agricultural community of Studley, Kansas is a historically significant sheep ranch once owned by wealthy British immigrants.

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The Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch host many fun activities including sheep dog trials and Christmas festivities, but as a serious foodie, my favorite yearly activity is the cook off.

Ranchhouse

Not only do they have a barbecue contest, but this year, they had a pie contest, cookie bakeoff and a chili contest. It’s a food lover’s dream!  Proceeds from the event go to support a very worthy cause.  Money raised is used to support, maintain and conserve the historic property.

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This year, I was fortunate enough to judge delicious barbecued pork ribs from thirteen different teams, on the back lawn of the beautiful ranch house.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a fall road trip in northwest Kansas, be sure to check out the Cottonwood Ranch. The cook-off is a barbecue (and pie, cookies and chili) lover’s delight!

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– Chris

So we know that Chris loves contests. In fact, he is going to be judging the  Bacon Recipe Contest at this year’s Bacon-Fest: The Other Fundraiser  in Kansas City on August 24.

And we also  know that our readers love bacon, so guess what…

We are giving away 5 VIP tickets to Bacon Fest KC!

That’s right. These VIP tickets come with admission into the festival, food, beverage, a t-shirt, a commemorative  drink cup, a swag bag and access to the air conditioned VIP area. Here’s how you can win:

Leave  a comment on this post  below telling us three words you would use to describe your love for bacon. The contest will close on Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00 pm. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email and announced on the blog.

Ready…Set…Describe bacon!

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108 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cindy Neeley-White #

    Wholesome, Awesome, Wantsome!

    July 2, 2013
  2. Fulfilling, intense & amazing….

    July 2, 2013
    • Abe M Huffstickler #

      Food of Gods

      July 3, 2013
  3. Morning Bacon Alarm

    July 2, 2013
  4. Tom #

    Bacon: Life source!

    July 2, 2013
  5. Jim Flanigan #

    yummy crispy goodness

    July 2, 2013
  6. Cristian Sanchez #

    DEMONIC, ANGELIC AND SELFISH

    July 2, 2013
  7. Michaela #

    Bacon is: Scrum-diddly-umptious, food-gasmic, and lip-smacking!

    July 2, 2013
  8. Lena W #

    delectable, juicy, pork-love!

    July 2, 2013
  9. stephen car #

    There’s never enough

    July 2, 2013
  10. Lauren #

    Unbelievable, undying, and untouchable!

    July 2, 2013
  11. Chic Jones #

    Mind bending seduction

    July 2, 2013
  12. Angie Essman #

    Epic heavenly deliciousness!

    July 2, 2013
  13. Donna Beede #

    Mouthwatering Happiness, Mine

    July 2, 2013
  14. Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!

    July 2, 2013
  15. I. WANT. MORE.

    July 2, 2013
  16. epic meat candy

    July 2, 2013
  17. brandibuzzard #

    epic, meat candy

    July 2, 2013
  18. Verna #

    Yum, yum, yum!

    July 2, 2013
  19. John #

    Smokey, savory sidepork!

    July 2, 2013
  20. Lisa Kaumans #

    orgasim in mouth

    July 2, 2013
  21. pork-tactular, swine-rrific, bacon-tastic

    July 2, 2013
  22. Sherry Hoelscher #

    sizzling. aroma. cravings

    July 2, 2013
  23. robinan #

    undying, irreplaceable, bliss

    July 2, 2013
  24. Lonnie Creacy #

    The ultimate versatility

    July 2, 2013
  25. Can’t live without

    July 2, 2013
  26. Pamela Hatfield #

    Spiritual, Decadent, Soul-Penetrating

    July 2, 2013
  27. David Parsons #

    SWEET SMOKEY SEX

    July 2, 2013
  28. Rick Davidson #

    Small Slice Heaven

    July 2, 2013
  29. Sally Ingels #

    Crunchy savory love!

    July 2, 2013
  30. James Berry #

    Smokey, Unconditional Love

    July 2, 2013
  31. Larry Wehner #

    An amazing meat!!!

    July 2, 2013
  32. pejohnson2013 #

    Obsessed, need,more

    July 2, 2013
  33. Katrina #

    Gimme Gimme More

    July 2, 2013
  34. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!

    July 2, 2013
  35. Byrum Huff #

    Transcendental, euphoric, perfect

    July 2, 2013
  36. Dee Leach #

    Incredible flavor explosion!

    July 2, 2013
  37. Dee Leach #

    Incredible, awesome, addicting!

    July 2, 2013
  38. Chelsea Sauer #

    Bacon’s my everything!

    July 2, 2013
  39. ward hyatt #

    TOTALLY AWESOME PORK

    July 2, 2013
  40. Steven #

    Smokey,salty,satisfaction!

    July 2, 2013
  41. Geoff Zeller #

    Better than women!!!!

    July 2, 2013
  42. Alice Petty #

    to die for

    July 2, 2013
  43. Thomas Klenke #

    Cured in Heaven!

    July 2, 2013
  44. EVERYTHING is better with bacon!!!

    July 2, 2013
  45. Better with BACON!!!

    July 2, 2013
  46. Tracy #

    Obsessive, all-consuming, overwhelming!

    July 3, 2013
  47. Gloria Dyer #

    My love for bacon can be described in three words: cracking, delectable and delightful!

    July 3, 2013
  48. Rhonda Unger #

    Simply Naughty Goodness

    July 3, 2013
  49. vivid13 #

    Passionate. Loyal. Unconditional.

    July 3, 2013
  50. crystle #

    MUST…HAVE…BACON

    July 3, 2013
  51. Kim Krueger #

    smoky, crispy goodness

    July 3, 2013
  52. vivid13 #

    Uncompromising. Dedicated. Unconditional.

    July 3, 2013
  53. Bill #

    Better than sex.

    July 3, 2013
  54. Amanda G #

    Impressive, Fabulous, Bacon

    July 3, 2013
  55. GOES WITH EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2013
  56. Abe M Huffstickler #

    Makes everything better

    July 3, 2013
  57. Wendy Barton #

    The Ultimate Pigliciousness!

    July 3, 2013
  58. Jeff Friedrich #

    Aching for Bacon!

    July 3, 2013
  59. Mark L. Pullen #

    life altering awesomeness

    July 3, 2013
  60. Alejandro Gutierrez #

    Bring the Bacon!!!!

    July 3, 2013
  61. nom…nom…NOM!

    July 3, 2013
  62. Kim B. #

    Only allowable sinfulness

    July 3, 2013
  63. Insatiable Carnivorous Desire

    July 3, 2013
  64. Gina Harvey #

    Bacon lettuce tomato!!

    July 3, 2013
  65. Sharon Clement #

    Totally. Unequivocally. Eternally.

    July 3, 2013
  66. Cindy Huffstickler #

    Essential for living.

    July 3, 2013
  67. Matt Olson #

    Heavenly, angelic deliciousness

    July 8, 2013
  68. Samantha Faley #

    Amazing, undying, love

    July 9, 2013
  69. Everything Needs Bacon.

    July 9, 2013
  70. Mandy Renee #

    greasy, orgasmic meat!

    July 9, 2013
  71. Best. Food. EVER!

    July 9, 2013
  72. Tracy K #

    nom nom nom

    July 9, 2013
  73. Thom Weik #

    Over the Moon

    July 9, 2013
  74. Ty Butler #

    Thirst for more.

    July 9, 2013
  75. Jeremy #

    Savory, smoky, seduction.

    July 9, 2013
  76. Marla Leigh #

    Heaven on Earth!

    July 9, 2013
  77. Heavenly piggy deliciousness

    July 9, 2013
  78. BACON IS ORGASMIC!!!!!

    July 9, 2013
  79. Glenda S #

    Never Ending Drool

    July 9, 2013
  80. Grandauther never enough

    July 9, 2013
  81. Must have bacon!

    July 9, 2013
  82. Pat #

    Salty, Savory Seductress

    July 9, 2013
  83. truly, madly, deeply

    July 9, 2013
  84. Patti Donnelley #

    Smokey, eternal, bliss

    July 9, 2013
  85. Courtney VanCleave #

    Girl’s best friend

    July 9, 2013
  86. John Mallery #

    serious soul sustenance

    July 9, 2013
  87. Debra Johnson #

    Succulent, scrumptious, satisfying

    I love pork!

    July 9, 2013
  88. Cheri #

    One and only!

    July 9, 2013
  89. Katie Burnett #

    Hands-down ultimate delectation

    July 9, 2013
  90. Debra Miglionico #

    Bacon Body Oil

    July 9, 2013
  91. Dan Dundon #

    Bacon, oh yes!

    July 9, 2013
  92. Amanda Hawkins #

    Orgasmic, eye-rolling, goodness 😉

    July 9, 2013
  93. Denise Moser #

    Salty wonderful tasty

    July 9, 2013
  94. eric #

    I need bacon.

    July 9, 2013
  95. Sirena #

    Breakfast….Lunch…..Dinner

    July 9, 2013
  96. Heather Hildebrand #

    Favorite food group!

    July 9, 2013
  97. Casey Laur #

    Worth. The. Hype

    July 9, 2013
  98. Bacon Fan #

    Does Not Suck

    July 9, 2013
  99. Jon #

    Must. Have. BACON.

    July 9, 2013
  100. BrianB #

    Bacon in EVERYTHING!

    July 9, 2013
  101. Dan Harris #

    Salt, Smoke, & Sizzle.

    July 9, 2013
  102. Jan #

    Best. Meat. EVER!

    July 9, 2013
  103. Add Bacon, Please.

    July 9, 2013
  104. Sandy #

    Gift from God

    July 9, 2013
  105. Slice of Heaven

    July 9, 2013
  106. Kansas Pork Farmers #

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest for VIP tickets to the 2013 Bacon Fest Kansas CIty! As of 5:00 pm CST, Tuesday, July 9 our contest officially closed. We are excited to see so many creative and enthusiastic comments about bacon. Thanks for sharing with us! Comments were each assigned a number and our winners were chosen with a random number generator.

    Our winners, who have already been notified via email, are:

    Denise Moser
    Lonnie Creacy
    Rick Davidson
    Juanita Rodriguez
    Angie Dessman

    Winners need to respond to our email no later than July 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm CT to be eligible to receive their ticket. Thanks again to everyone for participating. If you are still interested in attending Bacon Fest KC, tickets can be purchased at http://www.baconfestkc.com/. And remember the proceeds from the event go to benefit The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC). Hope to see you all there!

    For more contests and giveaways continue to follow us here on In Pursuit of Pork and check out ‘KansasPork’ on Facebook and Twitter.

    July 9, 2013

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