Team From WHERE?

The M&G BBQ cook team is coming to compete at PorktoberQue from Oostelbeers, a city in North Brabant, Netherlands . They compete in barbecue competitions in Europe and decided they wanted to try to compete in the US at a contest and PorktoberQue coincided with their vacation schedule this year. Because they can’t fly their pit over, kind folks within the BBQ community are lending them pits, equipment, wood and also helping them feel at home in Dothan. Here are a few photos of the team, Mike and Gerta. Please say hi to them when you are at PorktoberQue!

BEER!

One of the biggest improvements to the 2017 PorktoberQue is the larger selection of beers available this year. Noting that local and regional craft beer sales are booming, plus having some legitimate imported German beers available, PorktoberQue has greatly expanded their beer offerings this year. There will even be two draft beer trucks (one inside the Festhaus Biergarten) and one outside near the food vendors) as well as cans available for sale.

Craft beer is significantly more expensive than commercially manufactured beers, because it is made in small batches using higher quality ingredients. For that reason, a 16 ounce cup of draft beer will be $6.75 at PorktoberQue, and 12 ounce cans of beer will be $5. PorktoberQue enthusiasts may want to take advantage of the souvenir beer stein available to the first 200 patrons beginning Friday night. The dated ceramic stein with the PorktoberQue logo is a whopping 20 ounces, and is available for $25 which includes your first draft beer. Refills in the ceramic stein, or any previous year’s PorktoberQue stein, are just $4.75, a savings of nearly 30%. So not only do you get a great souvenir stein, but you can save on beer purchases at the event and for years to come!

The draft beers that we have ordered for PorktoberQue include:

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Oktoberfest 

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Goldenhawk (kolsch)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Colonel Festbier (marzen)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Hippieweisen (hefeweizen)

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration (This is a very limited edition beer, only brewed for Oktoberfest and not to be brewed again. Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, they’ve collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style has been long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier- Straight from Munich, Germany 

Props Brewing (Fort Walton Beach, FL)- Oktoberfest Beer

 Omaha Brewery (Omaha, Georgia. Right across the river from Eufaula, Alabama)- Gnat Knocker (helles lager) and 762 (brown ale)

Additionally, in the 12 ounce cans, we anticipate having Folklore Brewery’s Grateful Red (red lager), Goat Island Brewery’s Richter’s PIls (pilsner) and for those not as big of fans of craft beer, there will be MIchelobe Ultra and Bud Light available. 

As inventory changes, there may be some additional beers available, and we hope to receive all we have ordered, though some substitutions are possible. We hope you’ll come and enjoy all the beers available at PorktoberQue this year!

Great Life Skill

What should every kid know how to do before they move out of the house? They should know basic life skills, and one of those is cooking. PorktoberQue has been pushing kids to learn how to grill for the past 6 years, and is pleased to again offer the KIDS QUE this month at the Farm Center. It is sponsored by Academy Sports+Outdoors, and every child entering will receive a charcoal grill THAT THEY CAN KEEPafter the event is over.

They will be grilling steaks (provided) and will be competing for trophies and Academy Sports+Outdoors Gift Cards. But the real winner is the kids. They learn a little about cooking, learn it’s fun, and will be competing near the professionals who are cooking for a chance to win thousands of dollars. There are two age divisions for students- Junior Grillers (8-12) and Senior Grillers (13-18) and there are prizes for the top 5 in each age group.

It’s $10 to enter, and for that money you get a grill ($20 value), 2 steaks ($8 value), charcoal to cook with ($4 value) and 2 admission tickets to PorktoberQue ($10 value), so you’re getting a 4:1 return on your investment. But the real return on investment is in helping your child learn about grilling and competing in a fun and friendly environment.

You can get an entry form online at http://porktoberque.com/kcbs-competition/academy-sportsoutdoors-kids-que/ or by right clicking the image below and printing it from this post. Information available at 334-699-1475 or you can pick up an entry form in person/ pay for the entry at The Thirsty Pig, 257 South Saint Andrews St., in downtown Dothan. The competition is Saturday September 30 at 9am at the Houston County Farm Center. The free grills are limited to the first 50 kids to sign up.

World Food Championships Elite Qualifier #2 SANDWICH

If your sandwich is the bomb, enter this competition and you could be on your way to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach. One winner gets a “paid for” golden ticket into the opening round of the world’s largest food fight. Porktoberque is an elite qualifier for the World Food Championships!

World Food Championships Elite Qualifier #1 CHICKEN

If your chicken dish is the bomb, enter this competition and you could be on your way to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach. One winner gets a “paid for” golden ticket into the opening round of the world’s largest food fight. Porktoberque is an elite qualifier for the World Food Championships! Or sign up online here:

 

2017 PorktoberQue to now offer FREE BBQ samples on Saturday

One of the best things about visiting a barbecue competition is sampling the different types of smoked meats. In PorktoberQue’s past, we’ve taken the meats form the teams and placed them in a central location (tasting tent) for spectators to sample. We then staffed the tent with volunteers to help dish up the BBQ, and collect the votes. This was previously a fundraiser for local youth athletics, but the past year it wasn’t supported well and we decided to do away with the tasting tent. 

This year spectators will go from team site to team site and sample barbecue from 2-4pm on Saturday September 30th. By eliminating the cost of the tent, tasting cups and volunteers, we have now been able to make this event at PorktoberQue FREE for spectators to enjoy. Plus, this year voting will be done at the team sites via BAMTEXT, a technology driven text-to vote system. All you need is a cell phone to cast your vote for your favorite barbecue.

PorktoberQue will be at the Houston County Farm Center September 29-October 1. Friday night will feature polka music in the Festhaus, German-style craft beer, concerts on the outside stage and lots of shopping with vendors and food trucks. Saturday we will see a car show, more polka music in the Festhaus, music on the outside stage all day long, kids entertainment, cooking competitions and more shipping and opportunities to eat wonderful food. Sunday there’s a non-denominational church service at 11, children’s entertainment, barbecue competition and polka music. Times and schedule online at porktoberque.com

Tickets are $5 per person per day (children 12 and under are free) or you can buy a weekend armband good all three days in advance for just $7. Advance armbands are only available through September 15 and can be purchased at The Thirsty Pig in downtown Dothan. Interested vendors may call 334-699-1475 for placement and avability information.

PorktoberQue Named Elite Qualifier for World Food Championships

DOTHAN, AL- The 6th annual PorktoberQue has recently been named as an elite qualifier for the biggest televised cooking competition, The World Food Championships. The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. The World Food Championships is also the springboard for many up and coming culinary stars and home cooks as they seek TV fame through many well-known food shows and acting opportunities.

Now heading into its 6th season, the World Food Championships boasted the largest Food Sport tournament in history with well over 1200 contestants on 419 official teams. They came from 48 American states and 14 countries to compete, while more than 20,000 foodies watched and enjoyed the heat of the battle unfold in 10 official categories.

Since its debut in 2012, WFC has given birth to 30 TV food stars, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money, garnered more than 5.7 billion media impressions, and connected 150+ food brands with food fans, food bloggers, and food media. In short, it has given birth to “Food Sport” by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system, a creative culinary fest, and a process that allows the culinary elite to show their chops and earn the respect they deserve.

PorktoberQue will give three talented competitors the opportunity to seek fame and fortune at this year’s World Food Championships to be held in Orange Beach, Alabama November 8-14, 2017. The categories that chefs, home cooks and backyard enthusiasts may compete in this year at PorktoberQue are bacon, sandwich and recipe (open this year to any entry containing chicken). It is $45 to enter each category, and competitors may enter one or all of the events. The turn in times and days as well as entry forms and additional information are available online at www.porktoberque.com or by calling 334-699-1475. Additional information on the World Food Championships is available online at https://worldfoodchampionships.com/qualifiers

Sponsor deadline approaching

Thank you to our PorktoberQue sponsors so far. We still have a couple days until the deadline (August 1), so call us at 334-699-1475 if you are interested in being a part of the event.

Thank you to :
Mike Schmitz Automotive
The Thirsty Pig Craft Beer Taproom
WTOT FM
Alabama National Guard
ADS Security Systems
WTVY TV
World Food Championships
Wiregrass Seniors Magazine