Host Hotels Named for 2016 PorktoberQue

Again this year we are having two host hotels for PorktoberQue. These hotels are supporters of PorktoberQue and as such, we ask our judges and out of town guests to consider staying with our host hotels before looking to book other places.

Having two hotels gives our visitors a choice of different amenities too. We are pleased to announce that the Hampton Inn and Suites, a long-time partner of PorktoberQue is again one of our hotels. Located at 4684 Montgomery Highway (36303) the Hampton Inn offers a beautiful outdoor pool, free hot breakfast in the morning, beautiful suites and rooms and a large and inviting lobby area. We will be posting a direct link on our accommodations page where you can book online, but for now, to get the best rate call them directly at 334-671-7672 and tell then you are with PorktoberQue (code QUE).

Our second hotel that is new this year to us is the recently renovated Courtyard by Marriott. It is located a little closer to the festival at 3040 Ross Clark Circle (36301). It features an indoor pool, bar, Starbucks, and a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner (not included in your stay). We will be posting a direct link on our accommodations page where you can book online, but for now, to get the best rate call them directly at 334-671-3000 and tell then you are with PorktoberQue (code QUE).

We look forward to working with these two hotels and hope our out of town visitors will support them! All out of town visitors are encouraged to let their hotel of choice know that they are in town for PorktoberQue, too!
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Corn Hole Tournament Details Announced

Cornhole (also known as dummy boardsbean bag tossdadholedoghouseBaggo or Bags) is an American lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn (or bean bags) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a team or player reaches the score of 21.

Sounds easy enough, right? Try your luck and form a two-person corn hole team to compete against others at PorktoberQue. Your $20 entry fee gets you 4 tickets in (a $20 value) and signs you up to compete. All of the $20 registration fee goest to support the NHS Girls Soccer program, which recently went to the state championship in 2016, the first group to go in 15 years of the school’s program.

Your tickets get your 2-person team in the gate Friday night to practice between 6-9 on the boards, and then gets you back in on Saturday to compete. The tournament begins at 2pm. (Your ticket can even get you back in on Sunday to see the finals of the Ultimate Air Dogs championships!) Winners get trophies, bragging rights and other goodies.

For questions on the Corn Hole tournament please call 334-794-3179

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Bringing Home the Bacon Competition

Who doesn’t love the smoky, salty taste of bacon? Now, you can put your culinary skills to the test and enter the Five Star Credit Union Bringing Home the Bacon cooking competition. PorktoberQue is an elite qualifier for the 2016 World Food Championships. The bacon competition is for contestants who use bacon in their recipe, and that is the only stipulation is that bacon is used or featured in the recipe.
The winner will receive a paid entry into the 2016 World Food Championships and a $250 Marriott hotels gift card so they can go compete in Orange Beach this November. The World Food Championships has a $10,000.00 grand prize in the bacon category, so the steaks are high! Entry fee is only $25 and contestants also receive 2 admission tickets to PorktoberQue so they can enter and come back for the awards on Saturday.   Need an entry form? Call 334-699-1475 or email kerry@themaineventweb.com or print out from below:

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PorktoberQue Named Elite Qualifier for World Food Championships

Alabama Contest Named Elite Qualifier for World Food Championships

PorktoberQue, Dothan, Alabama’s Oktoberfest and sanctioned barbecue cooking competition, will have featured representatives at the 2016 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama, according to Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships. PorktoberQue is one of only a few opportunities in the state of Alabama for competitive chefs to qualify to compete in the World Food Championships.

“More than 400 pre-qualified competitors will enter one of nine competition categories beginning Nov. 8, and several champions of PorktoberQue will be among them,” McCloud said.

PorktoberQue is sending three winners from its 2016 event to compete against the World Food Championships roster of Golden Ticket contestants. PorktoberQue has been elevated to Elite Qualifier status by guaranteeing that its winner’s registration fees are waived to compete in Orange Beach.

“Stakes are high and the competition is intense with a total purse of $350,000 in cash and additional prizes, while the ultimate World Food Champion takes home a grand prize of $100,000,” McCloud said.

Competitors will prepare food on site in timed events that include preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate test of taste. The categories this year include BBQ, Chili, Sandwich, Seafood, Bacon, Burger, Steak, Dessert, and Recipe, which has the theme of “breakfast” in 2016.  PorktoberQue will qualify competitors for Barbecue,  Steak and Bacon.

“Tournament judges will select the top 10 finalists in each category, where they will then compete for the chance to go to the Final Table,” explained McCloud. “It is there that one culinary genius will rise up from nine category champions to become the 2016 World Food Champion.”

McCloud said that cooking is not the only opportunity for participation in the World Food Championships. Those interested in volunteering or in learning to become a certified WFC judge may sign up on the World Food Championships website.

“The World Food Championships offers opportunities for people to watch celebrity chef competitions, attend demonstrations, review at the latest cooking appliances and become part of a fun, family-friendly experience,” he observed, adding that there will be thousands of spectators, colorful teams, special judges and foodie volunteers in Orange Beach for the Nov. 8 – 15 event.

For more information, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com or www.PorktoberQue.com

Another Opportunity

After a great experience partnering with the World Food Championships during our other event, Tri-State BBQ Festival, we called and asked if PorktoberQue could be a qualifier for an ancillary contest this year. We are still waiting on official confirmation as to the categories, but it looks really good that we can get in a couple of categories for the event.
Don’t know what the World Food Championships are? Here’s their Sizzle Reel from last year, though this year they will be competing in Orange Beach, Alabama, November 9-14.

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Welcome to our newest sponsor, Smoothie King

We’d like to thank our newest sponsor, Smoothie King, for participating in this year’s event! As an “Associate Smoker” sponsor, they are also eligible to have a booth space at the event, and they plan on making and selling refreshing real fruit smoothies all weekend at PorktoberQue. Look for the Smoothie King Sprinter Van at PorktoberQue, and please be sure to thank them for their sponsorship when you see the Smoothie King folks!

2016 PorktoberQue in Progress!

We’ve got the sponsor brochures and team entry forms updated, and have already accepted a couple dozen vendor forms for the event. We’ve got one polka band booked and are talking to a couple of others at this time, so the planning for PorktoberQue is underway!

If you are interested in being a sponsor, competitor or vendor please give us a call at 334-699-1475. PorktoberQue is Dothan, Alabama’s Oktoberfest and barbecue festival held the last weekend of September each year. This year, PorktoberQue is on September 23 and 24… and maybe also the 25th. Stay tuned!
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Thank you!

Thank you for another great PorktoberQue! Folks have been wondering who won the barbecue competitions and here’s some of the winners listed below. Also, the People’s Choice winner was entry #2, Poverty Hill smokers.  The Bean Competition winner was Kevin and Dee Ann Ven Der Schaaf and the Wurst Cook winner was Don Johnson.

Grand Champion: RANCH HOUSE KITCHEN
Reserve Champion: BITE MY BUTT BBQ

Overall
1 RANCH HOUSE KITCHEN 688.5716
2 BITE MY BUTT BBQ 686.2056
3 POVERTY HILL SMOKERS 685.6572
4 Rooster Sunday 685.6224
5 Q-FUSED BBQ TEAM 682.1828
6 DOUBLE DUECE SMOKIN BBQ 678.2400
7 Bo’s Bodacious BBQ 677.6000
8 GRANDPA’S PRIDE BBQ 675.9088
9 COOKS PORTABLE SMOKEHOUSE 674.1828
10 Poolside BBQ 672.5484
11 Pit Posse 670.8232
12 BIG DADDY Q – FL 665.5540
13 WINK’S BARBEQUE 664.4112
14 HAULIN’ BUTT BBQ 660.9712
15 McDeese 656.5712
16 BUTT FACE BBQ 655.3716
17 Open Gate BBQ 655.3716
18 DOUBLE D PLEASURE SMOKERS 645.5888
19 E.T.’S BBQ 641.6000
20 I Go Low and Slow BBQ Team 641.5768
21 BACKYARD BISTRO 638.8916
22 OVER THE TOP BBQ 638.7428
23 Alpha Q 632.3428
24 FUNNY FARM BBQ 624.4112
25 3 Hills BBQ 621.0516
26 Lost Cause BBQ 619.4060
Chicken
1 DOUBLE DUECE SMOKIN BBQ 178.8800
2 RANCH HOUSE KITCHEN 178.8800
3 BITE MY BUTT BBQ 176.5600
4 GRANDPA’S PRIDE BBQ 174.2972
5 COOKS PORTABLE SMOKEHOUSE 174.2628
6 BACKYARD BISTRO 172.6172
7 DOUBLE D PLEASURE SMOKERS 171.9884
8 BUTT FACE BBQ 171.9772
9 POVERTY HILL SMOKERS 171.4284
10 Rooster Sunday 171.4056
11 McDeese 170.2972
12 Q-FUSED BBQ TEAM 169.6800
13 BIG DADDY Q – FL 166.2628
14 Lost Cause BBQ 165.1544
15 FUNNY FARM BBQ 165.1200
16 Pit Posse 165.1200
17 Open Gate BBQ 165.1084
18 Bo’s Bodacious BBQ 165.0856
19 Alpha Q 163.3828
20 HAULIN’ BUTT BBQ 162.8228
21 Poolside BBQ 162.2284
22 I Go Low and Slow BBQ Team 159.3940
23 3 Hills BBQ 157.6800
24 WINK’S BARBEQUE 156.5028
25 OVER THE TOP BBQ 154.8572
26 E.T.’S BBQ 151.3600
Pork Ribs
1 Bo’s Bodacious BBQ 177.7144
2 BITE MY BUTT BBQ 176.0228
3 Rooster Sunday 176.0228
4 Q-FUSED BBQ TEAM 174.8456
5 DOUBLE DUECE SMOKIN BBQ 173.1200
6 POVERTY HILL SMOKERS 171.4288
7 Poolside BBQ 170.8800
8 RANCH HOUSE KITCHEN 170.2628
9 3 Hills BBQ 169.7028
10 E.T.’S BBQ 169.1428
11 BIG DADDY Q – FL 165.6800
12 WINK’S BARBEQUE 165.6800
13 BUTT FACE BBQ 165.1200
14 Pit Posse 164.5488
15 GRANDPA’S PRIDE BBQ 163.4060
16 Open Gate BBQ 163.4060
17 I Go Low and Slow BBQ Team 160.5600
18 COOKS PORTABLE SMOKEHOUSE 159.9544
19 Alpha Q 158.2516
20 FUNNY FARM BBQ 154.2400
21 HAULIN’ BUTT BBQ 154.2056
22 DOUBLE D PLEASURE SMOKERS 153.7144
23 McDeese 151.4056
24 BACKYARD BISTRO 148.5372
25 OVER THE TOP BBQ 147.9200
26 Lost Cause BBQ 142.2972
Pork
1 RANCH HOUSE KITCHEN 174.8572
2 Pit Posse 174.3200
3 Rooster Sunday 174.2628
4 Q-FUSED BBQ TEAM 173.1200
5 DOUBLE DUECE SMOKIN BBQ 172.0000
6 COOKS PORTABLE SMOKEHOUSE 171.9656
7 GRANDPA’S PRIDE BBQ 171.9656
8 Open Gate BBQ 171.4400
9 WINK’S BARBEQUE 171.4056
10 HAULIN’ BUTT BBQ 169.6800
11 BACKYARD BISTRO 167.4400
12 POVERTY HILL SMOKERS 167.3944
13 McDeese 166.8800
14 BITE MY BUTT BBQ 166.2400
15 Poolside BBQ 165.1428
16 I Go Low and Slow BBQ Team 165.0972
17 OVER THE TOP BBQ 164.5600
18 BIG DADDY Q – FL 162.7884
19 Bo’s Bodacious BBQ 162.2400
20 DOUBLE D PLEASURE SMOKERS 161.6572
21 BUTT FACE BBQ 161.1428
22 E.T.’S BBQ 158.2628
23 Lost Cause BBQ 155.4172
24 Alpha Q 153.0628
25 3 Hills BBQ 152.5600
26 FUNNY FARM BBQ 147.3484
Brisket
1 POVERTY HILL SMOKERS 175.4056
2 Poolside BBQ 174.2972
3 HAULIN’ BUTT BBQ 174.2628
4 Bo’s Bodacious BBQ 172.5600
5 OVER THE TOP BBQ 171.4056
6 WINK’S BARBEQUE 170.8228
7 BIG DADDY Q – FL 170.8228
8 COOKS PORTABLE SMOKEHOUSE 168.0000
9 McDeese 167.9884
10 BITE MY BUTT BBQ 167.3828
11 Pit Posse 166.8344
12 GRANDPA’S PRIDE BBQ 166.2400
13 RANCH HOUSE KITCHEN 164.5716
14 Q-FUSED BBQ TEAM 164.5372
15 Rooster Sunday 163.9312
16 E.T.’S BBQ 162.8344
17 DOUBLE D PLEASURE SMOKERS 158.2288
18 FUNNY FARM BBQ 157.7028
19 Alpha Q 157.6456
20 BUTT FACE BBQ 157.1316
21 Lost Cause BBQ 156.5372
22 I Go Low and Slow BBQ Team 156.5256
23 Open Gate BBQ 155.4172
24 DOUBLE DUECE SMOKIN BBQ 154.2400
25 BACKYARD BISTRO 150.2972
26 3 Hills BBQ 141.1088

 

What’s Happening TODAY at PorktoberQue

Lots of great activities TODAY at PorktoberQue!

Today, Saturday, September 26th the gates to the Houston County Farm Center are open from 10am until 7pm! You can buy your tickets at the door- just $4 per person and people in lederhosen get in free! Kids 6 and under are also free. Well behaved pets on a leash also welcome. Many thanks to MIke Schmitz Automotive Group for their sponsorship and assistance in helping us put this event on.

There are lots of great events happening today, including:

  • KCBS Barbecue competition all morning and afternoon. Several teams and vendors will have barbecue for sale, too.
  • Kids Que pork chop grilling competition from 9:30-11. Awards at 1:55 on the stage.
  • Classic and antique car show -registration for classic cars from 8-11 and the show for spectators is from 10-3 with awards at 3:00
  • Pet A Pig- visit the pig petting booth near the barns and pet a pig for free, courtesy of Over the Top BBQ and the Miss BBQ Queens
  • People’s Choice tasting tent opens at 11:00 For a donation to the  NHS Cross Country Program, sample all the barbecue you want and vote for the best!
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  • The air-conditioned Fest Haus is open from 10 -7 tonight. Inside it will be live polka music, dancing, shopping with vendors and the Sam Adams Octoberfest-style beer. There are also food vendors in here including bratwursts and bavarian-style pretzels.
  • Boat and RV show open 10-6
  • The Reptile Discovery Program will have shows today at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:45 with meet and greets afterward inside the air-conditioned Fest Haus
  • The free bounce houses for kids will be open from 10-5
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  • The Man Cave will have TV’s going all day, powered by DISH.  The Man Cave is a great spot to sit, eat dinner and have a drink, too.
  • Polka music all day inside the Fest Haus
  • The outside stage has entertainment just about all day:

Karen Searcy (10:00)
Beverlye Magnet  8th grade show choir (10:45)
Kristan Mikala (11:30)
84 West Band  (12:30)
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  • Awards 5:30

ON Saturday, September 26 throughout the day you can come to the KMX booth (along the fence between the barbecue part of the festival and the car show) and play games for prizes. Best of all, it’s FREE to play! We’ll update the games as we get more details, but so far we have the following free games to play:

  • BOWL YOUR BUTT– from 10 am-noon Sponsored by Dairy Queen. Contestants (5 at a time) will try ot outscore their opponents in ONE FRAME where they will bowl over pig painted pins. The winners will win a prize, and it will be a lot of fun! 
  • NUTS FOR BUTTS– from 12 noon until 2pm. Sponsored by Wiregrass Liquidators. PEANUT ROLLING GAME- contestants(5 at a time) will put on a pig snout and will roll a peanut from a start line to a finish line. The first one across wins a prize! 
  • PAINT THE PIG- All day! Sponsored by the Red Barn. COLORING CONTEST- kids can come by the KMX tent and color a pig. An on-air personality will judge for the best. Winners will be announced at the start of the BBQ awards, on the main stage at 5:30 pm.
  • Don’t get your TAIL IN A KNOT- KNOT UNTYING GAME FROM 10AM- NOON– contestants (5 at a time will attempt to untie knots from the pig’s tail the first one done will win a prize. SPONSORED BY WET PETSwet pets