Big Belly BBQ Battle set for Sunday

August 31, 2016 - bbq set

Four times given a Big Belly BBQ Battle began in 2009, what Songer calls a “Florida-style” sticky-sweet salsa with a sharp “pop” during a finish has warranted him and his “Done Right Smokin'” rival grill organisation a “People’s Choice Award” during a grill festival.

And Songer, 50, pronounced he’ll be out again looking for a beautiful pretension during a 2016 grill conflict from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, where he’ll foe opposite about a dozen other grill cooks in a query for best. Around a Davenport City Hall on south Allapaha Avenue, a zephyr will fill with a aromas of smoking ribs, luscious chicken, flavor-filled pig butts and simmering salsas bound with savoury precision.

In 2017, Songer pronounced he and his group will foe in 14 grill contests around Florida.

“If we can get that ‘pop’ during a end, people like that,” pronounced Songer, a Davenport ironworker who was Big Belly Grand Champion in 2011. “It starts sweet, though has a crash with it.”

For 2016, pronounced Samantha Summerlin, Big Belly coordinator and house president, a culinary eventuality will embody a dessert competition, that will be judged by members of Country Ridge and Road’s End 4-H Club in Davenport. Members get village use hours and a clubs are beneficiaries of a event. She pronounced Big Belly house members try to supplement a new eventuality any year, adding a salsa difficulty in 2015.

Summerlin, who began a festival in 2009, pronounced a Davenport grill festival isn’t authorised by a grill foe ruling body, such as a Kansas City Barbecue Society, a world’s largest classification of grill and barbecuing enthusiasts. She said, however, winners of a event, that is sponsored by Davenport Merchants’ Association, is dynamic by approved judges with a Florida Barbecue Association and a Kansas City Barbecue Society and others.

“Come out to support Davenport and support a girl by 4-H and other than that, a grill is by distant a best part,” pronounced Summerlin.

Summerlin pronounced a foe starts Saturday when teams set adult and socialize, get their fires going and start cooking. On Sunday, guest can peruse humanities and crafts vendors and revisit a “Kids’ Zone” H2O slip area, for that a financial concession will be solicited. The National Anthem will be played during 11 a.m. with live song supposing via a day.

The Big Belly BBQ Battle was started as a approach to “bring Labor Day behind into town,” pronounced Summerlin. When she was a child flourishing adult in Davenport, a Labor Day holiday was a day for residents and merchants to get together, have events like pouch races and an “ugly dog contest.” She pronounced her father, Freddie Summerlin, sponsored a eventuality by his company, Summerlin Fence Feed Inc.

The advantages of Big Belly go over fun and friendship. Since a Big Belly BBQ Battle started, Summerlin pronounced some-more than $20,000 has been raised. The initial 3 years, deduction were donated to a city; given 2014, about $3,000 in deduction have left to Graceful Gestures Inc., a Dundee-based, non-profit heart that connects those in need with those who can yield assistance.

The charitable suggestion of Big Belly is partial of a interest of a competition, pronounced Davenport Fire Chief J.T. Torrance. He pronounced a glow department’s grill group won second place for ribs in 2015 and looks to win again with the sweet, mustard-based sauce.

“It’s fun and it brings people to city and lets people see that exhausted Davenport does arise adult and we like to have fun and certain like to eat,” he said.

— Paul Catala can be reached during or 863-802-7533. He can be reached during Twitter @pcat0226.

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