Amateur barbecue competition to benefit history center

Barbecue competition to benefit history center

The smell of barbecued meat soon will fill the air in Brownstown.

Smokin’ Up the Town is set for May 10 and 11 near the Jackson County History Center campus at Walnut and Sugar streets.

The amateur barbecue competition will be run by Greg Lane with Kentuckiana BBQ Pitmasters and will be the third event in the Kentuckiana Backyard BBQ Series.

Individuals or teams consisting of people of all ages are being sought to compete. The cost is $50 per team until May 1. After that date, it goes up to $60.

The categories are brisket, chicken, pork ribs and pulled pork. Setup will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 10. Judging following the Kansas City Barbecue Society rules will be May 11 with awards presented at 4 p.m. The top three in each category will be recognized, and there will be an overall grand champion and a reserve grand champion.

Competitors also can enter the one-bite challenge for $5, and the winner will receive a plaque.

Starting at 11 a.m. May 11, the public is invited to pay $5 to get a sample of all of the cooked meat and vote for the people’s choice award.

History center volunteers also will sell porkburger dinners starting at 10:30 a.m. May 10 and 11. For $7, you will receive a porkburger or a hot dog, chips, a drink and a dessert. For just a porkburger, it’s $5.

Finally, there will be a raffle for a stainless steel Broil King 320 grill donated by Luecke Audio Video Appliances and Steve Silver from RE/MAX. Tickets will be one for $1, six for $5, 12 for $10 and 25 for $20.

Proceeds from the event will go to the history center.

To register for the competition or for information, call 812-358-2924.