Houston barbecue team escapes devastation for American Royal

Posted at 1:09 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 18:05:01-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Some of the best in the barbecue business are at the American Royal this weekend. It’s an event many pit masters wouldn’t miss for the world. 

Over 400 teams are competing for the barbecue title. One of those teams is from Houston, Texas. They’re called Bullhorn BBQ. Usually they have a handful of team members cooking, but not this year.

“Two of our members couldn’t make it because they took water in their home,” Rob Arocha of Bullhorn BBQ said. 

Rob Arocha and his wife Dianne Arocha said they were fortunate to make it here to Kansas City.  

“We were very fortunate, we didn’t take on water in our own home, in our neighborhood you know, parts of the neighborhood flooded,” Rob Arocha said. 

Finding their way out of the devastation down south, the Arocha’s fired up their smoker before hitting the highway to Kansas City. 

“There’s a lot of people that have boats. We had barbecue pits so we’re going to go out there and do our part and cook for all these people in need,” Rob Arocha said.  

After feeding first responders, they left Houston with a heavy heart and a plan of action.

“It’s our hope and our prayer that by being here, we bring a more human side to the story and we raise money,” Dianne Arocha of Bullhorn BBQ said.  

Friday night at the American Royal is know as the party night. 

“We’re actually going to do a fundraiser here tonight for Hurricane Harvey Relief," Rob Arocha said.  

With only a handful of Texan teams at the American Royal, Bullhorn BBQ won’t be hard to find. 

“We couldn’t find a Texas flag on the way up, we were hitting a bunch of stores but he got one for us so we’re going to be flying that high and proud today,” Rob Arocha said. 

You can find Bullhorn BBQ inside tent #208 at the Kansas Speedway.