Finding its beginning in the Texas Panhandle, the popularity of the chuck wagon spread across the Old West like a wild fire as it became known as a means to fellowship over the food cooked over an open fire.

Cowboy cooking is an American tradition that has slowly dwindled into our past as America has advanced into new technological horizons. However, Kent Rollins and wife Shannon work to preserve the tradition one cooking demonstration at a time.

Rollins' Chuckwagon

The chuckwagon that the Rollins’ cook off of during their demonstrations.

Featured on many top-performing Food Network shows like “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay”, “Chopped Grill Masters”, “Chopped Redemption” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”, Rollins maintains an undefeated record on NBC’s “Food Fighters”. Visitors to Ozark Mountain Country can now enjoy the culinary mastery of Rollins up close and personal at the Silver Dollar City National Crafts & Cowboy Festival where the couple will be whipping up many of their favorite dishes through the end of October.

Throughout the demonstration of the chuckwagon, Kent Rollins shares the history of each meal as he prepares it. His stories reflect the historical past of ranchers and cowpokes when they roamed the range. It is no wonder that Rollins has earned the “Best Cowboy Humorist” and “Storyteller of the Year” awards by the Academy of Western Artists.

The team at Choose Branson recently visited Rollins as he performed a demonstration in which he prepared his famous bread pudding and shared the story of the dish that inspired its creation which can be seen in our video here.

Choose Branson

Kerry from ChooseBranson.com meets Rollins during his demonstration.

You don’t want to miss the classic opportunity to enjoy some great down home cooking while reliving America’s past in Branson this month. So get out your hats, boots and denims and visit ChooseBranson.com to purchase tickets to the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival. While there, you may also book your lodging, and find special deals throughout the season to make your trip a “YEEHAW” blast!

@ChooseBranson