Above, the Taylor team "Barbecue Bandits" brought along a trough and filled it with water for Karla Quintanilla (left) and Ariana Avila to splash and keep the heat at bay.
At right, Rockdale's James Wilson, with his Charlie Brown apron, thought, "Good grief, it's hot." He and his team, the Sleepy Cookers, kept cool with shade and cold beverages.
One thing the heat did not do was affect the turnout. Directors hosted the maximum 72 teams and had a waiting list.