One of the big rigs that caught everyone s attention last year at the Manitoba Open BBQ Championship in Morden on Corn and Apple Festival weekend. Lorne Stelmach; Morden Times
By Allison Friesen
BBQ connoisseurs will again be cooking up everything from pork back to chicken during the Corn and Apple Festival later this month.
The fifth annual Manitoba Open Barbeque Championships are here again at the Lake Minnewasta campgrounds, and the competition is heating up.
Teams from all over Canada and the United States will be participating in the grill off, and 20 teams were registered so far with more being accepted up until the day of the event.
The competition includes a number of categories featuring beef brisket, pork shoulder, pork back or side ribs and chicken.
Each team consists of a chief cook with as many assistants deemed necessary by the chief cook.
The team must prepare their meat with enough samples for a panel of six judges. The judges then mark the submission by its value of taste, tenderness and appearance.
The competition begins the afternoon of August 27 ending the next day at 2 p.m. with the prizes to be awarded at 5 p.m.
This year's champion will earn a chance to compete at the Jack Daniels and American Royal Championship Invitational Barbeque Competitions in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Other plaques, ribbons, lesser cash and non-cash prizes will be awarded to runner-up teams in each category.
Competitors are given a specific time in which to prepare, cook and present their entries by the judging deadline. Depending on category/product, cooking times can vary from ½ hour to six hours or more.
During this time, the public will be able to stroll along the front-lines to witness the creations in progress and interact with the chefs. Who knows, maybe even get a secret tip or two?
Judging for the competition will be done by judges who have been trained and certified by The Kansas City Barbeque Society.
Organizer Perry Hopkins has said having the event sanctioned by one of the world's largest barbecue associations starting last year is a big plus for the event.
"I think it helps to raise the competitive bar and no doubt brings in even more competition from our neighbours to the south," Hopkins said in a previous interview.
And he feels they also dramatically improved on the competition site by moving it to the Lake Minnewasta campgrounds.
"This location gives us the space and infrastructure we need to make our competitors very comfortable, no matter what the size of rig they bring.
"And we are also offering the opportunity for competitors with government approved mobile kitchens to sell to the public from these sites, but you must be pre-approved to do so."
For more information on the event or to register, you can visit the www.mobc.ca website.