BBQ contest offers ‘smokin’ fun at NC festival
By Lachen Edwards
|Photo by Lachen Edwards
Festival goers participate in a tractor pulling contest at the Carolina Smokin’ Fall Fling BBQ Festival.
Autumn was in full swing Nov. 9-11 at the Carolina Smokin’ Fall Fling BBQ Festival held at the Southeastern NC Agricultural Center.
The event was held by the Howellsville Saddle Club with permission from the Kansas City BBQ Society.
The fling wrapped up with a barbecue cooking competition, where there was a total of $18,000 given away in cash prizes.
The contest was hosted by the Kansas City BBQ Society, who hosted the cook-off for the first time in North Carolina.
Ten winners were selected in each of the four categories, including chicken, pork shoulder and butt, pork rib and brisket. The winning dishes were judged on taste, appearance and tenderness.
The grand prize winner was out of Martinsville, Va., and received a $5,000 prize.
|Photo by Lachen Edwards
Barbecue ribs and sandwiches draw a line of people at the Fall Fling Nov. 9-11 at the agricultural center.
The reserve grand prize winner received a $3,000 cash prize.
North Carolina also had a category called “Best NC Cook,” which received a cash prize.
Trailers were lined up after traveling from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina to compete for bragging rights, trophies and cash money.
Smokers and grills filled the air with the hint of hickory and mesquite; you name it, someone there was cooking with it.
Participants used dry rub recipes and sauce recipes to try to “wow” the judges, which were sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Food samples were sold by single rib for $2 and barbecue sandwiches for approximately $5.
Timed horse obstacle courses, tractor pulling competitions and prepared plenty of food kept the guests busy.
There were also arts and crafts, vendors, rides and Ol’ Timer’s Day games for the families to enjoy.
The games were interactive with nature, testing the agricultural skill and knowledge of the guests.
They were designed to educate about the agricultural industry before the Industrial Revolution.
Entertainment was also a welcome ingredient to the first ever KCBS sanctioned barbecue cook-off event here in North Carolina.
The Marietta Square Dancers graced center stage, providing family friendly entertainment for the festival-goers.
According to Cecil Jackson, organizer, the Kansas City Barbeque Society was very pleased with the unexpected large turn-out and looks forward to returning the to area.
Editor’s Note: Lachen Edwards’ story also appeared in The Robeson Journal, where she was an intern this semester.