What’s Happening TODAY at PorktoberQue?

PorktoberQue gates open today, Saturday September 24 at 10am at the Houston County Farm Center located at 1701 E. Cottonwood Road in Dothan. You can pay at the gate, and it is $5 per person per day, with children 12 and under FREE!  Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome as well.  TODAY IS THE EVAN BARBER & the DEAD GAMBLERS concert at 3:30 pm. Do not miss it! fullsizerender

The KIDS QUE kicks off today’s activities, The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping, the beer will be cold, and there’s dozens of food and merchandise vendors on site. The Man Cave is open and the TV’s will have the SEC football games on them, the Corn Hole tournament kicks off today after lunch, and the BBQ Queens are selling whole butts and racks of ribs to go.  40 of the best competition BBQ teams will be competing today for $8,000.00 in prize money and awards. The Reptile Discovery Program is in the FestHaus and there’s live polka music ALL DAY LONG too!  Gates open from 10 AM- 6pm!

Here’s the entertainment schedule:
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Also, you may notice the “TBA” that is Saturday on the outside stage at noon. The Alabama Music Association is filling that slot with a bunch of artists who will each perform on or two songs. The list is as follows:

Kyle Brigham.……Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National(North America Country Music Association International)    Male/Traditional Country Artist
Vikki Latner.……..Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National (North America Country Music Association International) Female /Traditional Country Artist
Jimmy Harris…..Award Wining state(AMA) & National(NACMAI) male Traditional Country Artist 50+
 Nori Hendrix………Award Wining State Female Traditional Country Artist
Tucker Wilson….. Award Wining State  Youth Male Traditional Country Artist
Deanna Johnson….. Award Wining State and National Youth Female New Country ARtist
Avery Griffith…… Award Wining State Youth Female New Country Artist

*insider tip* there is almost NEVER a line and usually good parking outside of the large metal building we call the Fest Haus (it faces Publix and the Circle). You can walk in the back door of the building and buy your ticket and be right in the middle of the polka fun and avoid the lines! This is like it used to be in the “old” p’nut festival days.

Why are the Food Competitions at PorktoberQue a Big Deal?

We have a record number of competitors at PorktoberQue this year competing in the barbecue, steak and bacon categories. Each of these three competitions is a qualifier for the World Food Championships, and the barbecue competition is also a qualifier for the American Royal, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown, and also a qualifying draw for the 2017 Jack Daniels Invitational.

This means that our winners from PorktoberQue can advance to much larger competitions and compete for bigger prize pools. They can advance to nationally televised competitions, and compete on a world stage with legendary cooks as part of their reward.

For example, the World Food Championships, a televised cooking competition on the Destination America station, feature over $300,000.00 in prize money. Our winners in bacon, steak and barbecue will receive a paid-for Golden Ticket because PorktoberQue is an elite qualifier. To learn more about the World Food Championships, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com 

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Entertainment Schedule for PorktoberQue

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.12.52 AMAlso, you may notice the “TBA” that is Saturday on the outside stage at noon. The Alabama Music Association is filling that slot with a bunch of artists who will each perform on or two songs. The list is as follows:

Kyle Brigham.……Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National(North America Country Music Association International)    Male/Traditional Country Artist
Vikki Latner.……..Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National (North America Country Music Association International) Female /Traditional Country Artist
Jimmy Harris…..Award Wining state(AMA) & National(NACMAI) male Traditional Country Artist 50+
 Nori Hendrix………Award Wining State Female Traditional Country Artist
Tucker Wilson….. Award Wining State  Youth Male Traditional Country Artist
Deanna Johnson….. Award Wining State and National Youth Female New Country ARtist
Avery Griffith…… Award Wining State Youth Female New Country Artist
Mike Turner….  Award Wining State Male Traditional Country
Summer Waters…….Award Wining State  Youth Female New Country
Ryan Waters……….Award Wining State  Male New Country
Also, we have several gospel and praise bands lined up on Sunday, September 25th. We’ll get that list updated soon, but it includes
  • New Freedom Praise Band
  • Glory Revealed
  • Headland Female Gospel Chorus
  • Allison & Tabitha     Award wining state and national  New Gospel Duo of the Year
  • Avery Griffith          New Gospel Artists
  • Mike Turner           Gospel Artist
  • Albert Waters       Gospel Artist
  • Summer Waters   Youth New Gospel

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

 

Bluegrass Band to Headline Saturday Night Outside Stage

Pure & Simple Bluegrass has been entertaining the masses for 15 years. They do music from many genres of music from Bluegrass to 70’s classic rock, with a sprinkle of comedy and magic thrown in. their members are, Steve Kirkland– Bass, Vocals, Travis Perry– Guitar, Dobro,Vocals, Mike Hutto– Guitar,vocals, Ronnie Rutherford- Mandolin, comedy, Greg Wigham-Banjo

They will be playing on the main stage (outside) Saturday September 26 from 3:30- 5:30 and are sponsored by Chord Buddy. The outside stage is the area where Non-Polka music is played. There are also food vendors near by and other family activities.

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Interested in Who is Competing in the KCBS BBQ Competition?

Contestants are entering almost daily, and the list of people competing in the $8,000 KCBS barbecue competition are on our web site, if you want to check it out. Visit http://porktoberque.com/kcbs-competition/confirmed-competitors/ and see who the teams are, and were they are from! Some of our more interesting competitors are:

Haulin’ Butt BBQ– What do you get when you take a race car driver and turn him into a competitive BBQ team? Haulin’ Butt. 

ET’s BBQ– They say it’s out of this world and you can even buy a plate and judge for yourself! This competition team from South Florida travels 8 hours to be in Dothan to compete, and they also vend BBQ for hungry festival patrons!  

Q-Fused from Tallahassee, FL. These guys came to Dothan to compete in the backyard division in 2010 and won the whole thing. They moved up to the pro level and have been scoring good ever since against major teams from around the country. They might be the “underdogs” but will lightning strike twice for them? 

Sean Nelson and the Road Dawgs to Perform

After having many requests for some country music and southern rock on the outside stage, we were thrilled to have Sean Nelson and the Road Dawgs agree to perform Saturday, September 26th at 2:10 PM at PorktoberQue.

Born and raised in south Georgia, Sean Nelson had a love for music at an early age. So when he had the chance, he moved to Nashville and learned as much as he could about the music industry. After moving back down south, just outside of Enterprise, AL., Sean surrounded himself with an extremely talented group of musicians called The Road Dawgs. Sean and the Road Dawgs have since been fortunate enough to share the stage with names such as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Mark Chestnut, John Anderson, David Allen Coe, Daryle Singletary, Rhett Adkins, Craig Hand, and Trent Wilmon just to name a few. The Road Dawgs members are: Scott Summerlin (drums), Rob Seymour (bass), Chris McMahan (guitar), Lanny Nichols (guitar), and Bud Ellis (keyboard). Find upcoming tour dates, booking info, band news and more at seannelsoncountry.com

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Never Forget 9/11

This site is all about fun, barbecue, beer and Oktoberfest. But every year as we get ready for PorktoberQue, the anniversary of 9/11 occurs and we pause here and remember the loss of life and destruction in our country. This video makes me tear up every time I see it, and helps me remember to honor the fallen from 9/11. God Bless America.