Beef is what's for dinner Saturday

By Vicki Hyatt | Jul 09, 2014


Beef lovers need to mark their calendar for Saturday, July 12 — the date of the Haywood County Cattlemen’s Association’s annual Summer Beef Roast fundraiser.

The $10 tickets provide an  “all you can eat” dinner of succulent beef that’s been roasted for 20 hours, beans, slaw, a roll, drink and dessert.

In preparation for the 2,000 diners that traditionally flock to this event, the association has ordered about 1,600 pounds of inside top round that will be put on to roast Friday evening after its been dredged in a special rub, double-wrapped in foil and carefully arranged in an oversized cooker used for occasions just such as this.

“Even though beef prices have gone up, we’ve been able to hold the line on ticket costs,” said Tony McGaha, the extension livestock specialist who helps spearhead the beef roast. “We’re a nonprofit group that’s just raising funds to for the livestock youth of the county and promote our product.”

Regulars who set aside the second Saturday in July to enjoy beef say the special seasoning recipe is key to the superior flavor they count on year after year.

The seasoning was developed the first time the event was held, and the recipe is one that is shared with no one, not even the members who put it together.  For the past several years, McGaha and Neal Stamey have been the “keepers of the recipe.” McGaha knows half of the ingredients and Stamey knows the other half. Each brings the ingredients to a “mixing session” in disguised containers so that a total of 50 – 60 pounds or so of the seasoning is ready for use.

The Saturday event will mark the 31st Haywood County Cattlemen's Association beef roast.

The food always gets rave reviews, but even better, all of the proceeds raised from the $10 tickets go toward livestock programs and scholarships for students.

The dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Tuscola High School.

“This is one of the highlights of the year for Haywood County and for people to get together,” McGaha said.

Tickets are being sold by members of the Cattlemen’s Association board of directors, and they can be purchased at the Haywood County Extension office on Raccoon Road. Those who buy tickets in advance can avoid some of the long lines the night of the event. Call McGaha at 456-3575 for more information.