BBQ Cook-Off - A hot culinary sport and fun for the whole family
By Colin Richards, Director FPBS
When Ken Barton “Team Poverty Hill Smokers” prepares a slab of ribs with rub and puts them on the cooker, it’s a team and family effort. Ken a heavy equipment operator for a living is found in parks on the weekend doing what he loves. His wife Lorie Ann is around to help with preparing some of the best competition barbecue in the Florida panhandle.
Pork butts will cook slowly over a fire through the night, about 12 hours, with the cook teams swapping naps and cooking duties. They will also preparing meats for a day of presenting the teams barbecue culinary skills to judges for scoring. This goes on week after week in the panhandle. The Triple-B, now in its 10th year is the oldest continuous running BBQ event in the area, and is the first cook-off conducted by the FPBS each year. The Triple- B in Crestview is on the last Saturday of March.
"It's not just a cooking contest, it's a competitive sport," A big percentage of the competitors are weekend barbecuers working with “shoestring budgets,” who have amped up a hobby and compete in cook-offs on the Gulf Coast.
Teams are judged in four barbecue categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Each category has its particulars and requires great skills and cooking knowledge.
By the time the season wraps up this fall, the teams will have hit cook-offs in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, Florala and the big finally in Fort Walton Beach in September.
Cash prizes are great to pay the bills and help with the costs of this sport, but bragging rights are the best and they aren’t easy to come by. This makes our sport so great and enjoyable to so many teams and families.
Join us in Promoting Grilling and Barbecue in the Florida Panhandle. The Fla Panhandle BBQ Society is all about making new friends, enjoying great events and learning how to cook great barbecue. We strive to keep this going, by inviting you to join our BBQ Family.
The FPBS is now Operating Three BBQ competitions during the year in the Florida Panhandle. We need members to assist with operations and enjoy the events. If you would like to become a FPBS barbecue judge we will train you.
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