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Ray's Real Pit BBQ Opens the Doors to their New Location



-Houston Texans join the 5-Pound Challenge-

HOUSTON, TX - Houston staple and iconic Third Ward smokehouse, Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack kick-offs Memorial Day weekend with a Grand-Opening celebration and the launch of their first BBQ Food Challenge! This celebration and 5-pound smoked enthused eating competition is slated for Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. outside of their new location, 3929 Old Spanish Trail | Houston, TX. 77021.

The event will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. with City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Council Member Dwight Boykins, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, family, friends and owners of Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack, Ray Busch, Maxine Davis and former NFL player Herb Taylor who will be presented with a City of Houston proclamation and then will officially cut the red-ribbon to the new restaurant just before kicking off the 5-pound Food Challenge.

The 5 participants will be judged by Original Texan Chester Pitts, Legendary Ballerina Lauren Anderson and Houston Texans DJ Reader. This free event will challenge five barbecue-crazed enthusiasts to stretch their stomachs to maximum capacity while enjoying the succulent flavors of Ray's BBQ Shack. Partakers will have 45 minutes to consume a barbecue platter containing a ½ rack of ribs, ½ chicken, brisket, sausage, fried corn on the cob, baked beans, spicy rice, fries, and an extra-large strawberry lemonade. The participants who can't get the 5 pounds down within 45 minutes will be faced to pay $75 for their meal! The winner will have their photo placed on the Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack Wall of Fame with the featured celebrity judges and host; receive a free Ray's BBQ Shack t-shirt and a grand prize valued at $250.00! Hundreds are expected to line the building to not only take in the competition, but to also place their BBQ order.

The family-filled event will consist of free give-aways, games, Face-Painter for the kids, Live Music from Collage Band featuring lead vocalist Uneeda Freeman and Saxophonist Will Fortune and the same smoked BBQ.

There are several different varieties of BBQ eating challenges all around the world, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Even though there are multiple variations that maybe encountered, the basic strategy that should remain similar for every situation. Per food challenge columnist Randy Santel, the most successful BBQ eating competitors have used the following tips:

  • Prepared by increasing their stomach capacity

  • Broke down and analyzed the challenge components

  • Ate meats and proteins first, and then carbohydrates

  • Kept track of the challenge time

  • Started off eating as quickly as possible

  • Took small bites to eat more efficiently

  • If there were multiple meats, ate the toughest ones first

  • Used sauces to mix up the flavor and drinks to help consume dry meats

For more information about Ray's BBQ Shack, please follow the flavor on Facebook and Instagram @RaysBBQShack and @RaysBBQ1 on Twitter. For a full menu of Ray's BBQ Shack signature dishes, please visit


Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack, "Smokin' Good with a Whole Lotta Soul," is a family owned and operated restaurant that has become a staple in Houston's Third Ward and Riverside communities. Known for its hickory-smoked meats served with homemade sides and desserts all made fresh daily, the restaurant also serves burgers, salads, soups, po'boys, baked potatoes and fish and shrimp dinners in a casual and relaxed dining room. Located at 4529 Old Spanish Trail in South Houston since January 2011, the barbecue hotspot is less than a mile from the Medical Center, University of Houston (main campus) and Texas Southern University. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Ray's offers drop-off and full-service catering for all occasions, providing reliable, professional service with great food at a reasonable price.


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