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!

Exciting New Format for Competition Cook Teams in 2017

We are very pleased to have a dual sanctioned competition for our barbecue cook teams in 2017. The Friday-Saturday portion will be KCBS sanctioned and the Saturday-Sunday portion will be FBA sanctioned. We will also have a KCBS backyard competition on Saturday (back yard teams don’t have to cook brisket) and each of the two competitions will have $10,000 in prize money (total of $20,000 for the weekend). There will be at least one ancillary on Friday night, possibly an additional one on Saturday night if there’s interest. Space will be limited, and pro teams paying for both competitions get first pick on the “good” spots. You may also just enter one of the contests if you prefer. We are also members of the Alabama BBQ Association, too, and points will be awarded for both pro and backyard teams who are ABA members.

The paper entry forms are getting drawn up right now. If you prefer to pay with a credit card online, you can use the link/box below. Eventbrite charges a fee to process credit cards, so it will be a little less if you pay with a check. More details coming soon!

Ultimate Air Dogs (Dock Diving Competition) Registration Now OPEN

One of the crowd favorites at PorktoberQue is watching the Ultimate Air Dogs run, jump and splash throughout the weekend. The event, three days long this year, will feature the FINALS of the Air Dogs on Sunday, with practice and competition on Friday and Saturday. Now, you can register your dog to participate by visiting http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2016/Dothan.php 

PorktoberQue is a pet-friendly event. All well-behaved pets on a leash or in a carrier are welcome. Behind the barns (toward Prevatt) there is a large area for doggie-bathroom breaks. If your pet poops inside the fairgrounds area, please pick it up! Because food is being served in the Festhaus, pets are not allowed inside, unless specifically a service animal.

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Who HASN’T Heard of This Guy?

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!

Competition BBQ Teams map- updated

Here is the map so far for the teams for PorktoberQue (The food vendors in that section are also shown; a couple are also competition teams.)  If your team would like a specific spot and it hasn’t already been taken, let us know what spot you’d like either by calling us or by indicating the space number you’d like on your form. If you call or email is to let us know the spot you’d like, we’ll pencil it in, but spot assignment is pending payment. If someone shows up with money while we’re holding it, regrettably, you could loose your preferred spot. Spots that we are holding pending payment are generally indicated by an asterisk *.

PorktoberQue is a KCBS sanctioned bbq competition for professional barbecue teams, and it is held the last weekend of September, the traditional weekend for an Oktoberfest. For information, call 334-699-1475

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“High Steaks” cook off entries now accepted

The Tuffy Automotive “High Steaks” Cooking Challenge will be held Friday September 23 in conjunction with PorktoberQue. Contestants will turn in one whole steak, garnished and presented as fancy as they like, and also a minimum of 5 bite-sized portions of the steak for the judges to taste. The whole entry will be scored on appearance (1/3rd of the score) and photographed, as the event is an elite qualifier for the 2016 World Food Championships Steak competition.

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Steaks may be cooked in any fashion, and any cut of meat is allowed to be used. Steaks must be cooked on site, and contestants will be given a spot (if they do not already have a site from entering the barbecue cook off). Entry fee is $25 and the winner received a paid-for GOLDEN TICKET ($300 value) to compete in the World Food Championships, as well as a $250 hotel gift card (most likely Marriott or Hilton, TBD) so they can stay in Orange Beach to compete at the finals of the World Food Championships in November.
To have an entry form mailed to you, call 334-699-1475 or click the form below to print it at home. Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 2.22.07 PM

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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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Don’t Miss the Ultimate Air Dogs at PorktoberQue!

Ever seen a dog fly? The Ultimate Air Dogs make it a regular habit to fly, leap and sail to new heights and unimaginable distances. If you’ve never seen these dogs and their humans interacting and competing in the Ultimate Air Dog Challenge, you are in luck because they are coming to Dothan September 25-26 for PorktoberQue.

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Want to register your dog, or see the jumping schedule? Click here: http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2015/porktoberque2.html

Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox and his son Brian.

Dogs are divided up into divisions according to the distance they can jump. Dogs can be any breed or mix and any size as long as they can swim. A handler will throw the toy into the pool and the dog runs and jumps to catch it. Distance is measured and awards are given. Ultimate Air Dogs has become popular because of the down to earth attitude, the grass-roots background and the ability to make every competitor feel welcome.

Ultimate Air Dogs are going to have a competition at PorktoberQue in Dothan on September 25-26 thanks to the generosity and support of the Lucky Dog Sports Club of the Wiregrass and their sponsors who have made this event possible.

Every dog is welcome to sign up for the competition or practice which will introduce your dog to dock jumping, and can do so by registering online at the Ultimate Air Dogs webpage or on site the day of the competition.

It is free to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competition, and there will be some seating available near their pool. Spectators may want to bring a lawn chair to ensure they have a seat, though many prefer to stand to see all the activity. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition will be held parallel to the cattle barn at the Houston County Farm Center, near the East entrance to the German-themed Biergarten. PorktoberQue runs from 5-10 pm on Friday September 25 and from 10-6 pm on Saturday September 26 and is an Oktoberfest celebration and barbecue competition that is fun for the whole family. To learn more about the festival visit www.PorktoberQue.com or call (334) 699-1475.

Today’s The Last Day

Today is the deadline for you to enter the Corn hole Tournament at PorktoberQue at the discounted rate. If you enter the Corn Hole Tournament today, you not only get to play bean bag toss in the center of the festival but you also get four tickets in. Entrants can come in Friday the 25th and practice and then compete on Saturday at 3pm. The entry fee- thorough today – is just $20 and includes 4 tickets in the gate (that’s worth $16). You can turn your form in either in person, or get it post marked TODAY to get the discount.

You can also sign up the day of the event, but it is $25 and doesn’t include admission to the festival. If you have any questions call 334-699-1475.

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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?