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Smoker BBQ challenge set for July 13

By David Hotle | Jul 07, 2017


People with a special family recipe for barbecue, a meat rub that friends rave about, or just a love of putting and apron on over the weekends and firing up the grill to prepare a special treat for the family is all invited to take part in the return of the Washington Farmers Market BBQ and Smoker Challenge being held during the July 13 market.

Market master Bob Shepherd said the winner will receive a whole pork loin from the Fareway meat department, but moreover, will receive the bragging rights of having the title of Washington’s Best Pit Master. People were invited to sign up during Thursday’s market, but people can still sign up at the farmers market Facebook page, by calling Shepherd at 319-458-9396, or by calling the Main Street Washington office at 653-3918. Shepherd also said if people arrive at the event ready to prepare an entry, they would not be turned away.

“In the past we said people should enter what they would normally fix on the weekend,” Shepherd said. “People fix a lot of different stuff. That kind of opens it up. It is whatever you think would catch the eye of the people who are going to be doing the judging. it can be a dessert; it can be meat; it can be tofu.”

The dish must be prepared in Central Park on July 13 and entrants must provide one plate to serve to the judges by 5:30 p.m. Samples to market guests are encouraged.

A presentation will be held at 5:45 p.m. and the judges will determine the pit master. Shepherd said the judges would consider such things as originality, flavor, texture, and how closely it is tied to the area.

“We are heavy on pork and beef here,” Shepherd said. “Tofu is definitely part of the area because we grow a lot of soy beans. It’s appropriate.”

The event hasn’t been held for about four years. During that event three entrants were featured. Shepherd said it was a good year, but there wasn’t enough entrants to make it worthwhile. Shepherd believes moving the event from June to the first part of July will free some people up to compete.


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