Ready for some barbecue?

Friday and Saturday, nearly 100 teams will compete in the first BBQ Austin, Rodeo Austin’s new barbecue cook-off that will take place at the Travis County Exposition Center.

It’s a warm-up for the full rodeo, which starts March 12.

You can buy tickets to the event, which starts at 11 a.m. both Friday and Saturday and ends with live music in the evening, including headliners Whiskey Myers tonight and Josh Abbott Band on Saturday.

At the cook-off, attendees can sample ribs, chicken, beans and other side dishes from the competing teams. Fairgrounds admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Carnival wristbands may be purchased in advance online or at the event. Parking will be $10 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at