There’s just something about men who cook we can’t resist. The Wild Side BBQ Cook Off and Ride rallied at Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge, and the lure of competition drew one and all. Benefitting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana and sponsored by Courtesy Jeep and Louisiana Jeepers, the event was a state championship barbecue throw-down as well as for a good cause. What we loved: Our own smokin’ Randy Curtis, Nicole Young Lopez’s cowboy hat and the gentlemen in the Atchafalaya Chili and BBQ Crew’s black matching aprons. When you’re hot, you’re hot.

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