Fall just feels right for barbecue, doesn’t it?
Organizers of the popular Big BBQ Bash have decided to give the fall a little spice by moving the popular event from May to October for the Fourth Big BBQ Bash. The event will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16. The venue is changing, too, with the cook-off and community party moving from Springbrook to Maple Lane Farms in Greenback.
The barbecue competition is not a part of the Maple Lane Corn Maze, so admission to the event is still free on Saturday. Teams will compete in chicken, pulled pork, ribs and Anything But. Cash prizes will be awarded and all proceeds from the event will benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center.
Teams are still needed to compete, as are corporate sponsors. Most sponsorships include one or more teams to compete. Teams may sell their barbecue or other items for their own charities or to help recoup the cost of the competition. To sign up, go to www.blountbbqbash.com or call Nicole at 865-329-9030.
The Big BBQ Bash opens to the public on Saturday. The event schedule is:
Registration Deadline -- Oct. 11
This year, the Judges Training will take place on the day of the event, Oct. 16
9:30 a.m. - Judges Check-in
9:45 a.m. - Meeting with Head Judge (TBD)
10:30 a.m. - Judging Begins
Friday, October 15
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Check-in for Cooks, Corporate Sponsored Cooks, and Vendors
Supervised cooking may begin around 7 p.m.
Live Performance by The Dreamcatcher Band
Saturday, October 16
Open to the Public
Admission is Free
Featuring live music, good times and great barbecue
Noon: Live Performance by The Dixie Highway Band
Competitors and vendors will be selling their masterpieces to the masses, so come hungry!
10:30 a.m. - Chicken Judging
11 a.m. - Ribs Judging
11:30 a.m. - Pulled Pork Judging
12 noon - Anything But... Judging
5 p.m. - Winners announced