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!
To be honest, the past 3 years we weren’t great fans of the circus. You see, they used to set up the Wednesday and Thursday right before PorktoberQue which meant that we couldn’t set up any of the tents, tables, chairs or other infrastructure of the event until Friday morning. Also, our teams coming to compete from out of state had to wait until the middle of the night at the earliest- Friday at the latest- to get set up.
But, something wonderful happened this year, and the circus switched their days to Tuesday and Wednesday this year. This means that our competition teams who want to get parked and situated on Thursday can do so at their leisure. Also, we have a little extra time to get the tents set up, the Ultimate Air Dogs pool filled with water, and the Man Cave ready to roll this year, too. So for once we can say, WE LOVE THE CIRCUS!
PorktoberQue is September 23-25, 2016 in Dothan, Alabama at the Houston County Farm Center. The event is pet friendly (must be on a leash) and kid- friendly (no leash required for them). For information on being a vendor, call 334-699-1475
If you’ve ever shopped in the store for seasoning, if you’ve ever had barbecue in the south, or if you follow the Food network, you’re sure to have heard of Bad Byron’s Butt Rub. One of the most-used pork seasonings in America for the past 19 years (we couldn’t find an updated logo, that’s why we used the “celebrating 12 years” logo above), Butt Rub barbecue seasoning coined the catchy slogan, “A little Butt Rub makes everything better” back in 1997.
Founder Byron Chism created Butt Rub in 1997 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. To market his product, he began competing in KCBS sanctioned barbecue competitions, and was one of the top 10 cooks in the KCBS for 7 consecutive years (2000-2007). By this time, Butt Rub had developed a name for itself, and Byron competed in fewer competitions so he could manage and run his growing, successful and wold-wide Butt Rub company.
However, Byron occasionally will come to a great contest and compete just for old times sake and to prove his culinary chops are still sharp. He’s chosen to come to PorktoberQue in Dothan, Alabama this year to participate int he KCBS sanctioned competition at the Houston County Farm Center. The event, September 23-24, features master smokers competing for $7,900.00 in prize money and the chance to advance to bigger world-wide competitions. You might be able to talk to Byron at the event and learn more about his story if you attend PorktoberQue (but please don’t bother the competitors between 11-2 on Saturday when they are busy getting ready for turn-ins). We wish the ButtRub.com competition team well, and hope you enjoy PorktoberQue!
Alabama is known for barbecue. Sure, Georgia and Tennessee think they have cornered the market on barbecue, but true fans of meats smoked low and slow know that the state that is between Tennessee and Georgia (Alabama) is truly the king of Que…
Alabama combines the best elements of both of those states and has created some of the best barbecue in the country. Alabama even has its own governing board of barbecue, the Alabama Barbecue Association, who sponsors a “Alabama Barbecue Trail” with the pro winners receiving the governors cup award at the end of the season.
The ABA was formed in 2006 to oversee the Alabama Governor’s Cup, which is awarded to the professional barbecue teams with the highest overall points in their top five contests on the Alabama Barbecue Trail, which consists of sanctioned contests throughout the state. For a schedule and links to the contests click here.
It’s easy to become a member of the ABA, and you can download your form here: http://alabamabbqassociation.com/forms/AlabamaBBQAssocMembAppl.pdf Membership is $40 and any person or cook team can be a member and earn points through competitions to win the Governor’s Cup.
In a continuous effort to attract the top competition barbecue teams from across the South, we have not only sanctioned PorktoberQue with the KCBS (which gives our winner an entry into the American Royal Invitational in 2014, and a bung into the draw for The Jack), but we have recently applied to join the Alabama Barbecue Association’s Barbecue Trail.
The Alabama Barbecue Trail awards points to teams, based on their top 5 contests. This helps level out the playing field for teams who cook every weekend, versus teams that might only cook once a month. Points standings for the teams can be found online at http://www.alabamabbqassociation.com/Standings%202013/2013%20BBQ%20Pro.pdf
The ABA was formed in 2006 to oversee the Alabama Governor’s Cup, which is awarded to the professional barbecue teams with the highest overall points in their top five contests on the Alabama Barbecue Trail, which consists of sanctioned contests throughout the state. For a schedule and links to the contests click here. The ABA will also be promoting other BBQ contests such as backyard cookoffs as part of the Alabama BBQ Trail. The ABA will promote all of the these contests nationally at other professional barbecue contests to attract tourism to the state and to each of the host cities.