The State Fair of Texas is in full swing, and as always, this year’s food picks are as delightfully sinful as they sound. As you plan your annual pilgrimage to deep-fried glory, take a look at these five examples of what awaits you in your journey to indigestion:
1. Deep-Fried Tailgate Party
Just in time for the Red River shootout, this deep-fried homage to all things football has taken everything you love about tailgating, wrapped it in flaky biscuit dough and deep-fried it for your football-loving pleasure. Choose from baby back ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, grilled sausage or bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed jalapeño—or get them all and call it a day.
2. Fried East Texas Sausage & Pepper Jack Cheese on a Stick
Big Tex must be looking to spice things up this year. With a touch of jalapeño heat, this fried sausage and pepper jack concoction will heat up those cool October nights spent wandering the midway. Save up those tickets, because we hear this is worth a repeat performance.
3. Texas Bull Horn
Your constant struggle to fuse your meat-on-a-stick with golden-fried potatoes has come to a deliciously savory halt at this year’s state fair. The Texas Bull Horn is spicy sausage wrapped in a crispy-yet-fluffy potato shell and served with a side of Texas gravy (i.e. chili sans beans—this is Texas after all)!
4. Cowboy Corn Crunch
A favorite of local culinary experts, Isaac Rousso’s Cowboy Corn Crunch is a bite-sized mixture of sweet corn, bacon, cream cheese and just a hint of jalapeño, fried to golden goodness and served in a palm leaf. A mobile meal with Texas-sized flavor, the Cowboy Corn Crunch will have you coming back for more.
5. Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly
You might recognize this sweet little number as the winner of the Best Tasting category at the 2015 Big Tex Choice Awards. Fair food is all about mobility, and this carrot cake is much easier to transport across the midway (and into your hungry face) than a traditional slice of cake. Traditional carrot cake is rolled into cinnamon-swirl bread, deep-fried and served with a side of caramel and macchiato cream sauce for dipping. Dessert comes first, right?
While the food is much of the reason for strapping on your boots and heading down to Fair Park, don’t forget about the games, rides, showcases and concerts. Another big draw is the annual Red River rivalry game between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma, which will place on Sunday, October 10 at the Cotton Bowl. SampleHouse has all your collegiate gear for tailgating, wearing, cooking and drinking, no matter which team you root for! Stop by today to get geared up for fair-walking, food-eating, football-watching fall fun!
(All photos courtesy of BigTex.com)