Slideshow: 6 Fried Foods at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Fried Pickles
Fried Pickles
We kicked things off with a batch of snappy pickle chips that were lightly battered and fried. So many fried pickles suffer from too much breading, or don't begin with a flavorful enough pickle, but these succeeded on both counts. These retained their crunch. The best savory bite we had at the rodeo.
Deep-Fried Cookie Dough
Deep-Fried Cookie Dough
By far the favorite. This will make you rethink ever baking cookies again when confronted with raw chocolate chip dough. The dough was coated with batter then fried and topped with a shower of powdered sugar. A side of milk is necessary with this sweet, gooey treat.
Deep-Fried Red Velvet Cake
Deep-Fried Red Velvet Cake
This concept of frying red velvet cake makes sense. Three layers of spongy red cake and tangy cream cheese icing enrobed in a fried shell, drizzled with chocolate syrup. Also available in the fried sweets department: fried cheesecake, fried Oreos, and fried Snickers.
Boudin Balls
Boudin Balls
These fried spheres of white pork sausage mixed with rice and spices didn't come close to boudin balls I've eaten in Louisiana. The dry forkful could have used some aioli. We still finished both, though.
Kraut Puppies
Kraut Puppies
To clarify, kraut puppies are fried sauerkraut balls, not sauerkraut-stuffed hush puppies. Unfortunately the sauerkraut didn't have the acidity you'd expect and the sausage crumbles lacked flavor. We dipped the puppies into mustard, but that still didn't help much.