We tasted all the Big Tex Choice Awards finalists – here are our favorites!

We did the hard work of tasting them all. We know, it's a tough job.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016

The Visit Dallas team headed out to the Annual Big Tex Choice Awards to be among the first to taste the latest fried creations making their way to the State Fair.  Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of Lauren Farruya, PR extraordinaire, and Brenda Bond, marketing jack of all trades. Try these fried dishes and many others at the State Fair this year when it kicks off on Friday, Sept. 30!

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Injectable Great Balls of BBQ | State Fair Photo

Injectable Great Balls of BBQ
Created by Glen Kusak

What it is: Smoke-crusted BBQ beef brisket is hand shredded with bock BBQ sauce and molded to form balls (about the size of a golf ball), then breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and deep fried to a crispy perfection. Served on top of a bed of coleslaw, each order comes with its own pipette of bock BBQ sauce to be injected into the brisket balls. 

What Lauren thought: Injectable great balls of goodness! Barbecue and brisket - I'm not sure if you can get any more Texan than that. But deep fried and complete with your own fun-sized pipette of extra BBQ sauce? Now that is State Fair of Texas prize winning material. This tasty little ball of smoke-crusted BBQ beef had tons of flavor and came politely paired with a bed of coleslaw. BBQ minus half of the mess while walking around the great State Fair of Texas? Well played, Glen Kusak. Well played.


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State Fair Cookie Fries | State Fair Photo

Big Tex Choice Award Winner for Most Original – State Fair Cookie Fries
Created by Isaac Rousso

What it is: The cookie fry may look like it needs ketchup, but don't be fooled by the classic crinkle-cut appearance. Offered in traditional cookie flavors like chocolate chip or sprinkles, these sweet treats are served with your choice of the accompanying strawberry or milk chocolate sauce.

What Brenda thought: Who doesn't love crispy golden crinkle cut fries! It's the American staple we've grown accustomed to, filled with sugar cookie dough and sprinkles, fried until golden brown and perfectly proportioned to fit in the palm of your hand. Add a dipping sauce if so desired (but not required!) and even change the dough to chocolate chip. Either way, move over potatoes, Cookie Fries have arrived. It's just sweet enough to satisfy that urge for dessert after a long day on the midway, taking in shows, checking out the livestock and shopping for your next car in the automobile building. Save room for this dessert of choice for 2016 - that cute little carton of sweet treats will no doubt satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Fried Jello | State Fair Photo


Big Tex Choice Award Winner for Best Taste – Fried Jell-O®
Created by Ruth Hauntz

What it is:  A classic cherry-flavored Jell-O in a panko-crusted breading, flash-fried to perfection, and then dusted with powdered sugar.

What Lauren thought: Two words that don't normally go together: fried and Jell-O. Mrs. Ruth Hauntz has outdone herself with this recipe. The delightful little surprise with this sweet treat is that the cherry-flavored Jell-O remains congealed, sealed inside of a piping hot funnel-cake-like breading. Powdered sugar, whipped cream and a cherry on top? Sign me up, I'm officially a fan. 

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Kornokopia | State Fair Photo


Caribbean Pinapple Korn-A-Copia
Created by Stephen Alade

What it is: Marinated grilled chicken and shrimp are served over a bed of yellow Caribbean fried rice and sweet corn, topped with a tropical salsa and pineapple rum glaze and served in a pineapple half shell.

What Brenda thought: This one reminds of a dream island vacation, complete with sandy white beaches, a hammock in the trees and all the pineapple you can eat. This dish, made up of juicy shrimp, pineapple and corn mixture served over rice inside a fresh pineapple bowl, makes it feel like the vacation came to you. It will satisfy your urge for tropical paradise delights. It's a nice light meal after a busy day at the State Fair and you won't feel too stuffed to enjoy one or more of those fried desserts to round out your day.