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Archive for Friday, May 6, 2011

Right on ‘cue: Grill masters ready for cookoff

The 13th annual Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff kicks off Saturday morning. Contestants began preparing their smokers and grills Friday afternoon. Lawrence resident Jeremiah Donnelly says he's in it for the fun and Sertoma member Dee Bisel reveals her favorite barbecue food.

May 6, 2011

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BBQ cookoff Saturday schedule

7 a.m. — All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast as the Wakarusa Fire Department

11 a.m. — People's Choice rounds begin ($6 per round gets you 20 samples while the food lasts)

12 p.m. — Official competition judging begins

2:30 p.m. — Awards ceremony begins including presentation of ribbons and cash prizes.

For a more detailed schedule of Saturday's events, click here.

Lawrence resident Jeremiah Donnelly lays out some chickens along the grill of his smoker to offer to friends that stop by as he prepares for the 13th-annual Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff. Members of the public are invited to sample meats prepared by the contestants as a part of the "People's Choice" portion on Saturday.

Lawrence resident Jeremiah Donnelly lays out some chickens along the grill of his smoker to offer to friends that stop by as he prepares for the 13th-annual Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff. Members of the public are invited to sample meats prepared by the contestants as a part of the "People's Choice" portion on Saturday.

Contestants Jon Stambaugh, front, Sean Roberts, left, and Corey Johnson work to prepare a pork shoulder with seasoning for the 13th annual Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff on Friday at Broken Arrow Park. Today, members of the public are invited to sample meats prepared by the contestants as a part of the “People’s Choice” portion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contestants Jon Stambaugh, front, Sean Roberts, left, and Corey Johnson work to prepare a pork shoulder with seasoning for the 13th annual Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff on Friday at Broken Arrow Park. Today, members of the public are invited to sample meats prepared by the contestants as a part of the “People’s Choice” portion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Past Event
Sertoma Club State Championship BBQ Cookoff pancake feed

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2011, 7 a.m.
  • Where: Wakarusa Township Hall (E Wakarusa), 300 W 31st St, Lawrence
  • More on this event....
Past Event
Lawrence Sertoma Club State Championship BBQ Cookoff

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2011, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Broken Arrow Park, 29th and Louisiana streets, Lawrence
  • More on this event....
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The smells of impending summer wafted over Broken Arrow Park at 31st and Louisiana streets on Friday as some of the Midwest’s best grill masters fired up their smokers in preparation for the Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff.

The 13th annual event, sponsored by Lawrence Sertoma Club, pits 48 teams of barbecue professionals and amateurs against one another in a battle for the title of grand champion. Dee Bisel, publicity chair for the sponsoring organization, said she was ready for the festivities but knew full well it’d be a hectic few hours.

“We’re working so hard all day that we rarely get the chance to eat,” she said, chuckling.

Bisel will most likely be in the minority from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today, when the event opens to the public and barbecue chicken, pork, ribs and brisket are made available to the masses. Amid the cooking and consuming will also be judging, both by local residents and officials from the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

While the judging and prize money might be serious motivation for some, others simply enjoy the experience. Jeremiah Donnelly of Lawrence has competed in the competition for three years and admits his team’s results have not been stellar.

“We don’t plan on ever winning or even finishing top 10,” Donnelly said. “We just come here to have a good time.”

Other teams do expect to finish near the top. Chris Crockett and Rick Bull comprise team Crock and Bull and already have a grand champion title. They’ll compete in the local event for the first time today.

“It’s expensive and completely labor intensive,” Crockett said of barbecue competitions. “But it is fun.”

All proceeds collected from the event will benefit local organizations.

Comments

muttonchops 3 years, 7 months ago

Just got back from this. Cool event and lots of great BBQ! I voted for Double Stack.

muttonchops 3 years, 7 months ago

Should say I voted for Double Stack, but I felt it was a tie between it and Big Wigs, with Broken Toe close in 3rd.

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