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Barbecue competition to draw the best cooks

Tasting allowed this year


Denny Pinar, of Almira, Wash., holds up ribs, carefully displayed as required for the judges in the 2014 Harvest Festival barbecue competition. - Star file photo

Are you proud of your barbecue skills? Does your mouth water when you think of your favorite meat cooked to a tender perfection?

Then put a team together and enter the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce BBQ competition during the annual Harvest Festival, Sept. 18-20.

Or, if you'd rather just sample, you can do that, too, from some of the best barbecue chefs in the Pacific Northwest. $10 will get you four samples Saturday and Sunday.

Top prize is $2,000 and a trophy, and there's a lot of cash opportunities for serious BBQ cooks.

The event begins Friday night with load-in, then shifts to Saturday when preparation begins. Sunday action starts at 10 a.m. and winners will be announced by judges at 4:30 p.m.

Registration now costs $175, and you can do it online at

There's a head cook for each team who carries the responsibility for the team.

The BBQ event is sanctioned by Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association and is governed by that group's rules. A complete set of rules can be found on the chamber website.

There are six top cash prizes in the overall event, and smaller cash and ribbon prizes for the different meat categories - pork, brisket, chicken and ribs.

The cook-off will be held in Banks Lake Park, adjacent to North Dam Park, where other Harvest Festival events will be held.

Chamber Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal said that, as of Tuesday, 12 teams had entered to compete. She said she expects more in the next few days.

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