The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held each spring at the Reliant Stadium, offers three weeks of bull riding, country music concerts, amusement park rides, and basically anything you can imagine in fried or on-a-stick form. After my Houston-dwelling brother bragged each year about indulging in treats like fried bacon, it was time to experience it for myself.
From fried red velvet cake to boudin balls, the food at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo—which ends on Sunday, March 18—is made possible by the magic of the deep-fryer. Both the deep-fried cookie dough and chocolate-dipped cookie dough rolled in coconut (we of course had to try both) were like the world's greatest candy bars.
About the author: Amy Cavanaugh is a Chicago-based writer who covers food and cocktails for publications around the city and country. You can find her on Twitter @AmyCavanaugh.