Ad Spot

Come and learn to ‘Q’

I don’t think it’s any secret that one of my hobbies is competitive barbequing. It’s something my wife and I enjoy and have done for the last two or three years.

About a month ago, I was approached by Dr. Haywood Mayton, who’s the wheels behind Demopolis-based competition team Doc’s Ribs, to help teach an introduction to barbeque class at the University of West Alabama.

My team, Loose Cannon BBQ, was thrilled and we jumped at the opportunity. The classes will take place Oct. 17-18 and Nov. 14-15 on the UWA campus, and will give participants the opportunity to learn about the rules, equipment, meat preparation and other aspects of competition cooking.

If you’ve ever been to a competition, which I’m sure you’ve made your way to the Christmas on the River Cook-off, the sight of those giant smoker rigs can be overwhelming. Well, I’m here to tell you that having a smoker the size of a cement mixer is not a requirement to produce excellent barbeque.

During Loose Cannon’s first competition three years ago, all we had was a Brinkmann canister smoker.

You can find one of those at almost any store than sells charcoal and they only cost about $30. People who obviously spent several hundred, possibly thousands of dollars more on their equipment surrounded us. In that competition, we finished 12th out of 72.

Good barbeque isn’t about your equipment it’s about how you use it. Students in this class will prepare entries in each of the four competition categories, which include chicken, ribs, pork and brisket, while working alongside the professional teams. The barbecue will then be evaluated for taste, appearance and texture by Kansas City Barbeque Society certified judges.

Aside from Doc’s Ribs and Loose Cannon, Butt Masters and Eddie’s Smokehouse will also serve as instructors. I have competed against these guys several times and they bring a lot of experience in producing good barbeque.

A $75 registration fee covers both weekends of barbecuing, including meals and all competition supplies.

The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 13. And don’t worry about missing any Alabama or Auburn football games. The classes will end about noon on Saturday and the lessons you learn from these few days will make you the king or queen of your tailgate parties for years to come.

For more information, or to sign up for BBQ 101, please contact Monica Moore at 205-652-3497. I hope to see you there.

Jason Cannon is the publisher of the Demopolis Times.

News

Lane’s Tire Pros named April Business of the Month

Blackbelt Gazette

State approves new projects for George P. Austin Middle School

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis City Schools Foundation to host first virtual event with DHS students

Blackbelt Gazette

Letters of failing grades sent home to parents

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County 2021 property tax to be held online

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis City Council aims to preserve century old jail cell

Blackbelt Gazette

Severe weather drops tornadoes across Marengo County

News

Congresswoman Terri Sewell Statement on 2022 U.S. Senate Race

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis Lady Tigers softball has victories over Thomasville and Excel

Blackbelt Gazette

Windham Motors car theft investigation still ongoing

Blackbelt Gazette

Local businesses weigh mask requirements

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County Commission approves application for $300,000 CDBG grant

Blackbelt Gazette

Linden City Council discusses the old Fun Factory property during a closed session

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis welcomes canoe paddler traveling from Oregon to New York

Blackbelt Gazette

Gov. Ivey set to expand COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to Phase 2 groups throughout the state

Blackbelt Gazette

Henry Clellan Weaver, Jr.

Blackbelt Gazette

Kathy Ballard Moore

Blackbelt Gazette

Compare financial aid award letters to find the best college deal

News

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded in Alabama

Demopolis High School

Lady Tigers defeat Sweetwater

News

USJ announces March Leaders of the month

Blackbelt Gazette

DHS tennis teams make a clean sweep in double meet

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County Board of Education discusses Summer Learning Program, assessment reviews

Blackbelt Gazette

Linden BOE talks extensive summer school program for struggling students