Ronnie Michna says it's not the size of the barbecue pit that matters, but the skills the cook uses for award winning meat.
"It has to be tender,” Michna said. “It has to be juicy. You got to have a smoke ring. A smoke ring is very important."
This weekend, Ronnie will be part of 30 teams gathering in Taylor for the city’s 36th International Barbecue cook-off. For him, barbecue is a family affair.
"We started in 1979, My husband and his brothers.” Ronnie’s mom Irene Michna said. “After he passed away, the kids, my boys and my daughter took it on and we've continued doing it all these years."
The family has perfected their technique, but Ronnie says he's not sharing any secrets.
"No Ma'am, I cannot. I'm sorry,” he said. “I'm going to have to keep my mouth closed on that one."
Taylor’s cook-off will take place at Murphy Park from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.