Young Hawgers: Tupelo students to contest in grill duel

March 17, 2017 - bbq set

Thomas Wells | Buy during photos.djournal.com Young Hawgers group members, Zach Clemons, from left, Zack Page, Montell Kirk and Ladarius Baker are a youngest ever to contest in Tupelos BBQ Duel, set for this weekend during Fairpark.

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Young Hawgers group members, Zach Clemons, from left, Zack Page, Montell Kirk and Ladarius Baker are a youngest ever to contest in Tupelo’s BBQ Duel, set for this weekend during Fairpark.

By Ginna Parsons

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Zach Clemons has griddle in his veins. Ever given he could walk, he’s been by his father’s side during Tupelo Hog Roasters events.

Now, a 16-year-old is distinguished out on his own, heading a four-man group during a 7th annual Tupelo BBQ Duel in Fairpark this weekend.

“This is by distant a youngest group ever to contest in a Tupelo event,” pronounced Leslie Mart, co-chairman of a event. “Zach is usually so ardent about barbecue.”

Clemons is a pitmaster for a Young Hawgers BBQ Team, done adult of Clemons, Montell Kirk, Ladarius Baker and Zack Page. They will contest tonight in a subordinate contests judged by area VIPs and in a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned duel on Saturday. There’s a second duel on Sunday.

The eventuality also facilities giveaway concerts, kids’ activities, a People’s Choice Pulled Pork Tasting and food vendors.

Seventy-two teams have purebred for a contests, including 25 percent of a Top 100 ranked teams in a nation, Mart said. More than $25,000 will be awarded in money and prizes during a weekend. In a KCBS duels, teams will contest in 4 categories – brisket, Boston butts, ribs and chicken.

The Young Hawgers will face some unbending competition, not usually from TV celebrities and seasoned professionals, though also from Clemons’ dad, Casey.

“My father has competed in a Tupelo duel each year,” pronounced Clemons, a beginner during Tupelo High School. “I consider we have a possibility of violence my dad. But if we win or he wins, we’ll both be happy.”

Clemons is so into barbecue, in fact, that final fall, he started a griddle bar during THS.

“When we found out we couldn’t pointer adult for a culinary humanities club, we asked a clergyman about a griddle bar and got one started,” Clemons said. “We accommodate each other Friday during lunch.”

The 25 or so active bar members, who are all freshmen, speak about salsas and technique and share recipes.

“Me and my father stay in a yard barbecuing,” pronounced Baker, a sophomore who isn’t in a club, though is on a team. “With this, I’ve schooled a lot of new stuff.”

The Young Hawgers have cumulative sponsors to compensate for group T-shirts as good as a meat, rubs and salsa mixture they’ll need for a competition. They’re many assured about their ribs and slightest assured about their brisket, nonetheless Clemons’ mother, Annette, pronounced their brisket is delicious.

“I’m not unequivocally nervous,” Baker said. “I usually wish to go out there and see how we do.”

The group will use dual grills – one to prepare beef fast and one to prepare it slowly. They’re borrowing one griddle from Clemons’ father and another from a team’s mentor, Brad “Chew Choo” McGehee.

“My idea this weekend is to get recommendation from other pro cookers and make friends with them,” Clemons said. “I’m unequivocally usually going to have fun.”

ginna.parsons@journalinc.com

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