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Get smokin' for Best of the Butts 8-12
Mike Alexander puts meat on the grill in a previous Smokin in McMinnville. This years event is set for Aug. 12-13 at McMinnville Civic Center.

The city of McMinnville is gearing up for its annual Smokin’ in McMinnville barbecue competition Aug. 12-13 and local competitors are being sought for the Best of the Butts competition. Up for grabs is $1,200 for local charities.
“We are excited about this year’s Best of the Butts competition,” said program coordinator Kendra Foust. “In the past, the entry fee has been $125 for charities. This year we have lowered that fee to $50 in hopes of reducing the burden for the charities. Another change we have made is moving the event from Friday night to Saturday lunch, which will be Aug. 13, to help bring out more people.”
The Best of the Butts will begin at 11 a.m. People pay $10 each and they can enjoy competition pork and ribs served with sides. Make sure to savor that pork because you will be asked to judge which pork is best.
Other changes have also been made to the Best of the Butts competition.
“This year we are thrilled to be able to offer the services of professional cooks for those teams that do not have a cook,” said Foust. “Along with reducing the fees, we have changed the judging methods. We will still have a Judge’s Choice which will be $600 for first place, $400 for second place and $200 for third place to go to the charity.”
People’s Choice will also be offered in the Best of the Butts competition, says Foust.
“We are going to continue to have a People’s Choice, but it will have a new format. In the past it has been set up where only two teams could win. This year the general public can buy tickets for $1 each and can then cast them for the charity they deem has the best tasting pork. At the end of the competition, the charities will turn their votes in and the charity with the most votes will win a trophy. Each charity will receive a check for the amount of tickets cast for them. Hopefully, every charity that participates will receive something.”
Smokin’ in McMinnville is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event offered at the Civic Center. Professional teams from across the United States will be competing Friday, Aug. 12. People pay $8 each and can sample competition wings from KCBS teams and vote for which one they think is the best. It’s sponsored by Kroger.
Also on Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a free showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in the McMinnville Civic Center gym.
Vendors will be on site. There will also be a kickball tournament at $50 a team, cornhole tournament at $10 a team, and can-jam tournament at $10 a team.
For more information, or anyone interested in signing up for the Best of the Butts charity competition, call 473-1212 or visit