High Tech Voting

The People’s Choice competition sponsored by Five Star Credit Union has gone high tech this year, thanks to BAMTEXT. Now, spectators to PorktoberQue will vote for their favorite team’s barbecue by texting the team’s assigned number to a local databank. Sampling barbecue is FREE this year and included in your $5 admission ticket, and takes place between 2-4 on September 30th.

The results are tallied and posted in real time and when the People’s Choice competition is over, everyone will know the winning team’s number at the same time.  Only one vote per cell phone is permitted. You can follow the voting results on Saturday, September 30 by clicking here : https://a1.bamtext.com/voting/porktoberque

Here’s what the voting will look like (team numbers assigned on Friday night).

 

Backyard team map released

Due to some unknowns (namely how many teams would be competing) we couldn’t make up a backyard map until we were pretty certain that we had all the team entries in hand. With that being said, it looks like we have potentially 2 more spaces for backyard teams if you or someone you know is interested. The spaces are at least 11′ wide and some are as long as 30′ deep, based on what teams asked for. There are no RV plugs available in these sites. Bring 100′ or electrical cord and 100′ of hose to be safe.

Also note- these spaces numbers are just that and do not correspond to your people’s choice voting number. You will be assigned a separate people’s choice number for people to use when voting for your team.

 

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!

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.
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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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