If there’s one thing the Texas State Fair is known for, it’s the food. First established in 1886, it’s not only the longest-running fair in the nation, but also one of the largest. That’s due in part to its impressive food lineup, which includes a wide variety of unique eats.
One of the tastiest and most distinctive items at this year’s Fair is the Big Red Chicken Bread. It’s a take on the classic chicken and waffles dish, but in doughnut form. The Big Red features a Big Red soda-flavored icing (Big Red was first created in Texas) and is topped with a deep-fried chicken wing sporting a pair of tiny sunglasses.
Brent and Juan Reaves created the Big Red Chicken Bread specifically for the Texas State Fair. The brothers worked with their creative team at their business, Smokey John's Bar-B-Que (Dallas, Texas), for almost a year to design the doughnut.
The Big Red Chicken Bread is a finalist in the sweet category in the fair's 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards. Each year, State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards competition. A panel of celebrity judges will decide the winners in the categories of “savory,” “sweet,” and “most creative” on Sunday, August 25.