Dowtown BBQ showdown set Aug. 17,18
July 19, 2018 - bbq set
You won’t have to transport to St. Louis or Kansas City to suffer competition-style barbeque – or to strive for a share of $10,000 in money and prizes – interjection to a 2018 Downtown BBQ Showdown, set for Aug. 17 and 18 during Town Square Park in downtown Hattiesburg.
Organized by Brian Saffle and presented by a Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association and Brown Bottling Group, a seventh annual eventuality offers spots for 30 veteran entries for $250 any and 15 backyard (amateur) entries for $125 each.
“I was kind of sitting around about 8 years ago and articulate with some guys, and we were observant there’s no vital barbeque foe in Hattiesburg,” pronounced Saffle, who owns Signs First in Hattiesburg. “I went to (another internal barbeque) before we started this one, and it was kind of low-key.
“But this eventuality is some-more good to lift in teams from all over a southeast, rather than only internal teams. Last year, we had 5 states represented – we had teams from Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.”
Teams will start environment adult on Aug. 17 for this year’s event, that is authorised by a Kansas City BBQ Society. The barbeque will be open to a open from 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18.
The veteran teams will prepare duck thighs, pig shoulders, St. Louis-style ribs and brisket. Teams contingency finish all 4 meats to be judged and contest for a $10,000 purse, that will be distributed between first- to third-place overall, as good as first- by fifth-place in any beef category.
The backyard teams will prepare duck and ribs, and will be supposing with a pig shoulder to prepare to contest for a People’s Choice award. Money will be distributed to backyard teams formed on how many entries pointer adult for a competition.
Public entrance to a eventuality is free, though participants who wish to opinion for People’s Choice are compulsory to compensate $5. Attendees can also suffer live song and food vendors, along with water, soothing drinks and drink for purchase.
“It’ll fundamentally be sealed off, kind of like Live during Five, with these large cooking rigs on a side of a street,” Saffle said. “Some of these cooking rigs are $250,000 rigs, since these folks do this for a vital – they’ll attend in anywhere between 25 to 30 barbeque competitions via a year on a pro side.”
This year will symbol be a event’s initial coming during Town Square Park, as it has been hold during Walthall Park in years past.
“We’re vehement about a changes this year,” pronounced Andrea Saffle, executive executive of a Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. “Moving it to Town Square Park will give it a small some-more prominence and a closer tie with a downtown businesses. It also allows a eventuality to grow this year.”