- 10:00 am: Event Opens
- 11:00 am: Chicken competition judging (cooked for approximately 4 hours)
- 12:00 pm: Ribs competition judging (cooked for approximately 6 hours)
- 1:00 pm: Pork competition judging (cooked for approximately 12 hours)
- 2:00 pm: Brisket competition (cooked for approximately 12-16 hours)
- 3:00 pm: Black Box competition
- 4:30 pm: Awards ceremony & Grand Championship winner announced
It may still be raining outside, but BBQ season is not too far away. What better to way to kick off the season than attending the 3rd annual Barn Burner BBQ? Taking place April 9th at The Farm Store in Chilliwack, this family friendly event is always so much fun. Hosted by owner and BBQ champion Angie Quaale of Well Seasoned, this year’s Barn Burner is co-presented by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry.
Although this is a free event, donations will be accepted upon entry for the Full Cupboard, a program designed to raise food, funds and awareness for food banks in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey and surrounding communities.
As a Southern style BBQ competition, the Barn Burner is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Completely different than grilling, Southern style BBQ’s technique is low and slow. The meat is cooked at about 225 F over indirect heat for a long period of time. With the Brisket, the teams will be cooking it for up to 16 hours. The pulled pork, ribs and chicken come in at 12, 6 and 4 hours, respectively. Gas and propane are not allowed, so the teams must use charcoal and wood as their heat source.
The smiling winner from 2016, Rusty’s BBQ of Port Moody, B.C.
The winning team with the highest total points in all four categories will take home their share of $5,000 in prize money, along with the Barn Burner BBQ Grand Championship trophy, bragging rights, and a spot in the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ in Tennessee.
Teams also compete in a “Black Box” cook-off. This “Iron Chef” style competition presents cooks with a black box containing four mystery ingredients. All ingredients must be incorporated into a single dish and submitted to the judges, who will award points based on originality, taste and presentation. As one of the judges for this year’s black box competition, I can’t wait to see what the teams create.
Chef Dez returns as the event emcee, while meat lovers of all ages are invited to join the festivities including a live band performance, climbing wall, face-painting and free samples of delectable BBQ meat. If the samples don’t quite fill you up, a food truck will be on-site selling even more BBQ.
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Registration is still open for those looking to sink their teeth into the competition. Register online to reserve your spot. There is room for a limited number of trailers and RVs with advanced notice. Electricity, hot water, and washrooms are on-site.