Just because 4th of July was this past Monday doesn’t mean the season for barbecuing is over.
In partnership with the Chattanooga chapter of the American Culinary Federation, Virginia College in Chattanooga will host a barbecue competition this Saturday, giving grill masters the opportunity to show off their skill set and a chance to compete for a prize.
Competitors must provide their own protein, their own smoker and equipment, and their own wood or heat source. If you’re competing, check-in time is Friday, July 8 between 5 and 10 p.m., and you can start smoking your pork ribs, beef brisket, or pulled pork on site upon registration. The turn in times for each will be at noon, 4 p.m., and 5 p.m., respectively.
After each entry has been turned in, the awards ceremony will take place at 5:30. First place for each category wins you free entry into next year’s competition, a trophy, and $400. For the barbecue master who enters in all three categories, the grand prize is $500.
If this strikes your fancy, give treasurer for the Chattanooga chapter of the ACF and the event co-chair Chef Nick Thiers a call. Registration is $100 and must be turned in two days prior to the event.
Not interested in competing? Not a problem. The competition will be open to the public starting Saturday at 9 a.m. and will feature live music, activities for children and families, and live broadcasting for attendees.
Regardless of grill skill level, come out and celebrate a uniquely American cuisine.