Third Weekend in June
The Smoky-Eyed Barbecue Cook-Off was the initiative of Jesse D. May, a retired Texas Game Warden of 31 years. The cook-off is the primary fundraising activity of J.D. May Charities, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1996. The organization is dedicated to serving Titus County and the surrounding area with a recreational opportunity that also promotes tourism.
In addition, the organization is committed to providing financial support to various non-profit organizations. J. D. May Charities, Inc. has donated over $196,000 to charitable organizations since 1996.