Last Days to Enter Kids Cook!!!

The 2016 Kids Que sponsored by Academy Sports+Outdoors still has room for a few more competitions, however the deadline is fast approaching. The original deadline of September 10 was extended a week to September 17. Your child’s entry must be postmarked by September 17 or HAND DELIVERED on Monday, September 19 to 257 South Saint Andrews St. in Downtown Dothan. This is so we can get your child the necessary information and tickets they will need to compete on Saturday September 24 at PorktoberQue. If you have any questions or even want to pay with a credit card and register them over the phone call 334-699-1475

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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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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

Courtesy of CBS Miami  http://miami.cbslocal.com/top-lists/3-creative-burger-recipes-for-labor-day-cookouts/

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

Bratwurst Cooking Contest Needs Competitors

Enter the WURST COOK today!

Seriously, isn’t the name of this contest reason enough to enter? Ok, then 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 (425 fee) 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.

Prizes  are as follows:

1st Prize- $250 and trophy

2nd Prize- $100 gift cert to Out ON A Whim & trophy

3rd Prize- Case of brats & trophy

4th Prize- Trophy

5th Prize- Trophy

Wurst cook is sponsored by Forrest and Fields and bratwursts are provided by Sysco.
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Entry form below, or you can enter online at www.wurstcook.com

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Kids Que Now FULL

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Kids Que. We are now out of spaces and are at a full field for the competition. Good luck to all the kids who are participating— you have been mailed a copy of the rules, instructions and tickets. Your space number will be marked on the ground in orange paint, so look for it when you arrive!  Thanks to Academy Sports+Outdoors for sponsoring this event, and thanks to Fatbacks for providing the steaks to the kids for grilling.

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Can Your Kid Cook a Steak?

PorktoberQue may be the only place in Dothan where a kid aged 8-18 can turn a $10 bill into $29.99 worth of goods PLUS have a chance at winning another $50 on top of that. Academy Sports+Outdoors Kids Que is giving kids a chance to win by showing off their steak grilling skills on Saturday September 27th at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. Limited to the first 50 kids to enter, each contestant receives a grill they can keep, charcoal for the competition and 2 steaks to grill (thank you to Fatbacks of Dothan for providing the steaks!)
Contestants only need to turn in one steak (and can eat the other) for the competition and there’s prizes in each of the two age groups. Entry forms can be downloaded below, or call (334) 699-1475 and we will mail you one. Many thanks to Academy Sports+Outdoors for sponsoring this competition and to Fatbacks for donating the steaks to be grilled.  Also, look for in-store promotions at Academy to get free grilling lessons and learn how to cook in the weeks before PorktoberQue!

Download the Academy Sports+Outdoors Kids Que Rules Sheet

Download the Academy Sports+Outdoors Kids Que Entry Form

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