Team name: Texas Pepper Jelly
Chief/Head Cook: Craig Sharry
BBQ Style/Region: Texas BBQ
In late 2005 Craig Sharry founded Texas Pepper Jelly. His desire was twofold. First he wanted to create a product that would one day be a thriving business venture as well take the idea of jelly beyond the realm of a breakfast food. To achieve this goal he decided to target competition bbq cooks with his idea. He told people then the same thing he is telling them today. Think of jelly as another spice in your cooking arsenal. It worked. Texas Pepper Jelly has a loyal following among bbq competitors and continues to grow each year.
During his visits with competition cooks it became quite obvious that if he were to become a competitor himself then it would help him to understand his customers. So in 2006 he purchased a bbq pit and hit the Texas competition bbq circuit. Since 2006 Craig has cooked on a variety of pits. This has led to a lot of exposure on different types of bbq pits. Currently Craig cooks on a Jambo by Jamie Geer. Craig has currently competed in over 200 sanctioned bbq competitions. These competitions include such national events as the Jack Daniels invitational as well as the American Royal, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the San Antonio Rodeo.
Craig has multiple Grand Championship wins and Reserve Grand Champion wins. His wins usually happen at the larger events with over 100 teams competing. He was the winner of the San Antonio Rodeo in 2009 and 2010. This event is the 3rd largest sanctioned cookoff in the United States. He came out on top beating 225 teams in 2009 and 242 teams in 2010. He built on those wins and in 2011 won the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by placing 1st in brisket and Grand Champion overall beating out 408 teams. Brisket is Craig's specialty without a doubt followed closely by chicken and ribs.
Craig continues to cook 30 to 35 competitions per year while continuing his work with Texas Pepper Jelly. In 2010 Craig brought a new product to the market called Texas Rib Candy. This unique sweet and spicy rib glaze has proven to be a winner many times over for a lot of cooks. The product is so unique Craig was able to trademark the name Rib Candy to help protect his product.
In 2013 Craig released his competition bbq sauce. Named after himself you can purchase Craig's BBQ Sauce from his website.
Team Texas Pepper Jelly Competition Wins and Achievements:
Legend: GC=Grand Champion RGC=Reserve Grand Champion Numbers under Brisket Ribs and Chicken are the places that were achieved on that day.