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

Football, Trucks, TV, Seating in Man Cave

Torn between spending the afternoon with your family at PorktoberQue and watching college football on TV? We’ve got the perfect solution! The Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be set up on the grassy area near the hog barn at the Farm Center. This large tent will feature several TVs showing football and tables and chairs so you can grab something to eat and drink, then sit and enjoy your favorite football game. Seating is limited but you can also bring a chair if you like.

There are lots of activities near the Man Cave as well, including the Continental Championship Wrestling Ring featuring local wrestling bouts throughout the weekend. Though there won’t be any big heavy hitters and it’s only a wrestling demo (no title matches) it will be entertaining and fun for all to see. Also near the Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be cooking demonstrations on the Wiley Wok (something you really need to see!), the Northview Cross Country Team People’s Choice Tasting Tent, the Corn Hole tournament and even the free KMX games area. The Man Cave is also just up the hill from the Saturday Classic Car Show.

DISH Network is powering the TV’s with their amazing satellites and we should be able to get the following games at PorktoberQue:

Alabama VS. University of Louisiana Monroe

Auburn versus Mississippi State

Plus, of course, there will be other other SEC and national games of interest. Also in the Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be some shopping opportunities for “manly” interests, including truck accessories, Yeti coolers, Komono Joe grills and smokers, and an assortment of other interesting items. Make sure you thank the folks at the Tri-State Truck Man Cave for sponsoring this part of PorktoberQue, because it’s one of the favorite areas of the event.

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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? 

Forrest and Fields to Sponsor Wurst Cook

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Seriously, isn’t the name of this contest reason enough to enter? Wurst cook is a bratwurst cooking competition at PorktoberQue.

You don’t have to be a professional competition barbecue team to take part in some of the cooking competitions at PorktoberQue. We have two Friday night cooking competitions that welcome anyone of any age or skill level to participate. One is a baked bean competition (beancontest.com) and this competition, Wurst Cook. A wurst is a type of German sausage. The most commonly known wurst are bratwurst and knockwurst in the United States.

Each contestant will receive the wurst to be included in the entry. They may prepare it any way they like, and can add or combine any ingredients or garnishes with the wurst.

Each contestant must be present at the team meeting at 4:30 at the Farm Center to receive their wurst (type to be determined the day of the contest). Contestants will also receive a specially marked box to turn in their creation in at precisely 7:30 to the same building.

Winners will be presented cash and prizes on Saturday at 5:30 on the main stage.

Plus  there’s the great prizes you can win, if you recipe/dish/creation is chosen as one of the top 5. But really, it’s about the fun of competition and the great value you get when you enter.

When you pre-register you will receive 4 admission tickets to PorktoberQue. (this is a $16 value alone!) You will get to attend the team meeting, receive the bratwurst or other wurst used in the competition, and will be given a spot to set up your grill or dutch oven to compete on Friday night. You turn in your entry at 7:30 (precisely) and awards are given on Saturday. You can use 2 tickets on Friday night and 2 on Saturday if you like! Winner need not be present at awards- they can pick up any prizes the Monday after the event at the office located at 257 South Saint Andrews Street in Dothan, AL.

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Wurst Cook will be judged by certified KCBS judges, table captains and master judges. These folks know what they’re doing, and will fairly score all the entries. 

 

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you enjoy your Labor Day with a nice cook out and family or friends. We usually grill out burgers on Labor Day, and I came across this recipe for some different burgers, to mix things up a bit. Hope you enjoy them, and please share any great recipes you have, too!

3 Creative Burger Recipes For Labor Day Cookouts

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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, so it’s a great time for some creative cooking on the grill. While Labor Day cookouts and BBQs often include standards like burgers and hotdogs, why not change up your grilling repertoire with some spiced up versions of summertime staples? Here are three tasty and delicious all-American burger recipes for that last official summertime cookout of the season.

Before you light up the grill, there are a few tips to help you prep the best burger meat mixture. First and foremost, don’t use the leanest ground sirloin, because it makes for drier burgers. Ground beef or ground chuck work better  for juicy burgers. When planning for a big party the easiest way to measure out burgers is to remember, six ounces of beef per burger. Always cook beef burgers to at least 160 degrees, and let the meat come to room temperature before cooking it.

Bruschetta Burgers

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For an Italian twist on a BBQ favorite, add ¼ cup parmesan cheese, a teaspoon of fresh basil, two cloves of minced garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper to two pounds of ground beef. Shape into patties. Grill the burgers until cooked and top with thick slices of mozzarella cheese and jarred bruschetta mix. Serve on buttery toasted buns.

French Onion Soup Burger

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Onion soup mix isn’t just for potato chip dips. For the best-ever onion burgers, add a packet of dry onion soup mix and a half cup of water to two pounds of ground beef. Mix it all together, shape into patties and grill. Of course, if you want really oniony burgers, you’re not done just there. Toppings like caramelized onions and gooey Swiss cheese will make these burgers melt in your mouth. To make perfect caramelized onions, fry sliced onions (not too thin, so slice pieces about 1/8 inch thick) in a combination of butter and olive oil on medium-low heat. And remember, caramelization takes time, so don’t try to rush the onion frying process.

SoCal Burger Knockoff

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You don’t have to live in California to get a taste of one of the top fastfood restaurant chains in the country. While In-N-Out Burger is found mostly in Southern California, burger lovers from all over the country can create a knockoff version of the chain’s signature burger this Labor Day. The trick to an In-N-Out burger has everything to do with the secret sauce, which has been the chain’s staple since 1948. So, after grilling up a batch of thin beef patties, top each one of with American cheese and serve them on toasted rolls garnished with iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickles and caramelized onions. (In-N-Out Burger puts two thin patties on each bun.) For the finishing touch, top the entire concoction with a big dollop of secret sauce.For sauce, mix together:

  • ¼ Cup mayo
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • ½ tsp white vinegar

KMX Bringing More Fun, Excitement, Games and Prizes to PorktoberQue!

KMX is probably the most fun contemporary music station in the Wiregrass, and they are bringing some of their crazy fun to Dothan for PorktoberQue!

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! There may be more games lined up by PorktoberQue, but right now we know about these fun and exciting games:

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

Make sure you stop by the KMX booth space to meet the on-air personalities, play some fun games, and register to win prizes while you are enjoying PorktoberQue at the Farm Center. 1067 WKMX LOGO

Still Time to Get your Dirndl!

What’s a dirndl, you might ask? Wikipedia says, “A dirndl [?d??ndl?] is a type of traditional dress worn in southern Germany – especially Bavaria –, Austria and South Tyrol, based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants. ” It is the traditional dress of Oktoberfests across the world, and a dirndl consists of a bodiceblouse, full skirt and apron. While appearing to be simple and plain, a properly made modern dirndl may be quite expensive as it is tailored and sometimes cut from costly hand-printed or silk fabrics.oktoberfest-girls-dirndl-beer-05

However several online retailers offer affordable dirndls you may won’t to look at so you come to PorktoberQue in a great outfit. (And don’t forget- you get in free when wearing a dirndl or lederhosen!) We are not affiliated with any one shop or store, so look around for sales and good deals. Here are a few that we found

http://www.germanimporthaus.com 


http://shop.oktoberfest.de/en/Tracht-for-Women/Dirndl-Dresses/

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Bratwurst

Our last post explained what Oktoberfest is, and we mentioned that we will have bratwurst for sale along with hot pretzels and draft Sam Adams Octoberfest beer in the Fest Haus (the large metal building at the Farm Center). Since then, we’ve had people ask what exactly a bratwurst is and here’s the answer:

A bratwurst, also known as a brat in American English, is a sausage usually composed of veal, pork or beef. The name is derived from Old High German Brätwurst, from brät-, which is finely chopped meat and Wurst, or sausage. Though the brat in bratwurst described the way the sausages are made, modern Germans associate it with the German verb “braten”, which means to pan fry or roast. Bratwurst is usually grilled or pan fried, and sometimes cooked in broth or beer.Unknown

 

 

 

 

There are different types of bratwurst in Germany, but not so many here in the United states. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about bratwursts in America, a c couple of neat trivia facts for you as well:

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Bratwurst is a common type of sausage in the United States, especially in the state of Wisconsin, where the largest ancestry group is German. Originally brought to North America by German immigrants, it is a common sight at summer cookouts, alongside the more famous hot dog. Wisconsin is also the origin of the “beer brat”, a regional favorite where the bratwurst are poached in beer (generally a mixture of a pilsner style beer with butter and onions) prior to grilling over charcoal.

The bratwurst was popularized in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin in the 1920s. In general, each local butcher shop would take orders and hand make bratwurst fresh to be picked up on a particular day. The fat content of the sausages was substantial, making daily pick up necessary to avoid spoilage. Some of the fat is removed as a result of the cooking over charcoal.

The bratwurst (or “brat”) also became popular as a mainstay of sports stadiums after Bill Sperling introduced bratwurst to Major League Baseball in Milwaukee County Stadium in 1954. The brats, which sold for 35 cents then, were grilled and placed into a container of a special tomato sauce before being served.The bratwurst were such a hit, Sperling said, that Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers took a case back to New York. Currently Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the only baseball stadium that sells more bratwurst than hot dogs.

Every year, during the Memorial Day weekend, the city of Madison, Wisconsin hosts the Brat Fest, which is billed as the “world’s largest bratwurst festival.”

The town of Bucyrus, Ohio (which calls itself the “Bratwurst Capital of America”) has held the three-day Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival annually since 1967.Rote_Bratwürste_auf_einem_Grillrost

Mark your calendars for 2015

The 2015 PorktoberQue will be held on Friday September 25 and Saturday September 26 at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, AL. Entry forms for teams and judges applications will soon be available here so please check back. PorktoberQue is Alabama’s Oktoberfest and sanctioned KCBS barbecue competition held the last weekend in October (the traditional weekend to celebrate Oktoberfest)

Saturday PorktoberQue Activities

PorktoberQue is open today from 10-6 and there’s a lot to see and do! The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping all day, the car show is from 10-3, the barbecue competition is until 5:30 pm and there is live music on 2 stages! You can buy your tickets at the door- just $3 per person and children 6 and under are free. It’s also free for well-behaved pets on a leash and for people wearing Lederhosen or a dirndl.

The Cornhole Tournament is today at 3pm and the TV’s will be going in the Man Cave all day. The pet parade is at 11 and Ultimate Air Dogs jumping is all day. The NHS vs DHS hot wing eating contest is at 2pm today.

In the Festhaus on the Biergarten Stage you will hear The Polka Dots of Dothan and later in the day, Beatrice Fulghum playing polka music for your enjoyment. The Reptile Discovery program is also on that stage, and the free Polka Dancing lessons are at 12:30 in the Festhaus.

Outside we have great music lined up. Here’s the list and a little about the bands:

10:00- Karen Searcy- Karen has a wonderful voice that she loves to share with her community and others. Whether at a festival, church or in the shower, she’s always singing! Though she finds her peace and joy in singing Christian music and church songs, she is equally at home singing contemporary and classic songs.

?11-12- RPM- Parts of this band were formerly known as the MudCats (among a few other things). This band has put together some of the finest musicians in the Tri-State Area, and will rock your face off. They have a combined gazillion years of experience and have one of the best sounds in the area.

12: 15 -1pm Halie Long is an acoustic singer songwriter who loves performing in front of energetic crowds. Her wonderful and soulful sound lends itself making cover songs her own, while entertaining the crowd. 

1:25-2:20 Sweet Honey Hospitality- Sweet Honey Hospitality is an acoustic singer/songwriter band. This high energy string band is brought to you by the letter “M” from Mason, Maggie, Mike, and Malinda. Sweet Honey Hospitality pays homage to Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country. You can hear them cover songs from Gangsta Rap to Bluegrass as well as originals. Sweet Honey Hospitality plays the music that speaks to their souls all while just having a good ole time.

2:30- Kids Que Awards on the Main Stage (Not sure if Academy bringing in someone to MC- maybe JB can be on standby to mc the awards?

3- 3:45 Raquel Lily- Raquel Lily was born in the Philippines, raised in New York, studied in Florida and Michigan, graduated in California, and currently living in Alabama; her eclectic background mirrors her unique pursuit to music.lily

Fred Mohns grew up in Birmingham and played guitar, bass and sang in various music groups.  After graduating from UA, he moved to California to better develop his musical talents. After recording a number of his own projects at Weston House Recording, he began to assist the studio with various promotional projects,  including the one that brought in the singing talents of Raquel Lily.  They quickly began work on many other musical projects  together. After returning to Birmingham with Raquel in 2013, Fred has worked full time producing, engineering, mastering her work.

Coleton Phillips joined the duo in 2014 as a percussionist. He developed his talents while playing for multiple Big Band/Jazz groups.  Over the last few years, Coleton further expanded his musical prowess playing in piano rock/ pop groups in Nashville. He has since moved back to the Birmingham area, devoting his time to playing shows and recording with Raquel Lily.

4:15- 5:30 Play for Funsies- Better known as a children’s music group, Play For Funsies is used to entertaining fans of all ages.  P4F will bring out the inner child in you.  Listening to Play For Funsies will make all of your wildest dreams come true….sort of.  They will be bringing the island beat with a twist and playing ska covers from bands like Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, and Reel Big Fish.  If you are a child of the 90’s you may be familiar with some of their tunes, but either way Play For Funsies will make you want to get out of your seat and dance. funsies

BBQ Awards on Main Stage at 5:30 hosted by State Representative Paul Lee.