Up in Smoke!

Thu, 10/04/2007 - 4:27pm
By: The Citizen

Annual bbq cook-off this weekend

Up in Smoke!

For the third year, teams across Georgia will be gathering to compete in the annual Coweta Up In Smoke barbecue cook-off, October 6.

The cook-off will be held at the Coweta Fairgrounds and Conference center again this year and event activities will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Teams can compete in a number of categories, including ribs, shoulder and brisket cook-offs, as well as dessert competitions.

Competitions are scored through blind judging, in which judges are given food samples away from the influence of the teams. Entries are judged on different criteria, including appearance, tenderness, flavor and overall impression. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

In addition to the cooking competitions, there will be music and live bands, craft and food booths, a car show, a public safety display, a children’s activity zone and a dunking booth with prominent Coweta County citizens.

This year’s musical entertainment will include Chain Reaction, performing from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Low Country featuring Russ Sapp from 12-1 p.m.; Nashville recording artists Adam Grant and Robert E. from 1:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and The Wrights at 3:30 p.m.

The cook-off check-in will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. The public event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

The Florida Barbecue Association is the sanctioning body of Coweta’s annual Up In Smoke Barbecue Cookoff, which is the Georgia state championship for the FBA. The winner will go into a pool to possibly be chosen for the Jack Daniel’s Invitational. Up In Smoke is the major fund-raiser for the Coweta Community Chest.

For more information, visit the website at www.cowetabbq.com. Individuals or businesses wishing to sponsor the event may contact sponsorship coordinator Tim Higgins at higgins1@numail.org.

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