The Ellington Chamber of Commerce, Royal Oak Charcoal Inc., and the St Louis BBQ Society are excited to announce this years BBQ event. The Spring Smokin’ BBQ Competition will kick off on Friday evening, May 9 at 7 p.m. with the judging held Saturday at noon. This event is a part of the 31st Annual Spring Fever Days festival in Ellington, Missouri, set for May 9 & 10.
Teams will begin setting up Friday afternoon and the official competition will begin with the cooks meeting at 7 p.m. The teams will start their fires with Royal Oak Lump Charcoal and begin preparing their USDA certified meats. Visitors will want to watch team techniques as they trim their competition meats, rub special seasonings or marinate with secret ingredients; there are many secrets to this fun competition and competitors enjoy talking with people as they work.
Teams will cook through the night, preparing for the judging Saturday at noon. At 1:30 a BBQ tasting event will be open to the public, in which teams will be competing for the Spring Smokin’ Peoples Choice Award. Visitors can sample BBQ from each team and then vote for your favorite.
If you’re a good cook and love to BBQ then this competition is something you will want to participate in. Get a team together and get registered. Team registration is $100 and teams need to be pre-registered by May 3. This event will be a four meat competition; pork butt, chicken, brisket and ribs. Sauces, rubs, marinates, etc. will all vary depending on team preferences. No electric or gas smokers, only fire smokers are permitted and all fires must be started with Royal Oak Charcoal (which will be provided). Space with electric will be provided for teams; all teams must provide their own tent, utensils, tables and chairs.
First and second place prizes will be given in each meat category, plus a Grand Champion. The competition will be officially judged by St Louis BBQ Society judges. The SFD Spring Smokin People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the public and will be based on BBQ tasting, Team Showmanship, Presentation and Area Decorations.
If you are interested in getting a team entered in this very exciting competition please contact Christy Roberts of the Ellington Chamber of Commerce at 573-996-1860, check the Ellington Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or check out the Ellington website at www.ellingtonmo. com.
For more information on the 31st Annual Spring Fever Days events; including performances by bluegrass band Friends Pickin’, the 18th Annual Car/Boat/Motorcycle Show, the 5K Run, Parade, Baby Contest, Rides, Inflatables, Games, Crafts, Masonic Lodge Breakfast and more, call 573-663-7997.