The big rigs will be rolling into the McMinnville Civic Center parking lot today and the smell of outdoor grilling will fill the air for two days. It’s time for the annual Smokin’ in McMinnville cookout.
Visitors will get a chance to do more than smell what’s cooking as 10 teams have signed up for this year’s charity competition called “Best of the Butts.” Pay a $10 admission charge and be the judge. In addition, a professional Kansas City Barbecue Society vendor will be providing two savory ribs and sides.
Taste wisely as the teams will be competing for $1,500 in cash and prizes for their favorite charities. Judging is open Friday from 5-7 p.m. inside the Civic Center, or until food runs out.
City administrator David Rutherford says hunger should not be an issue given each person will be allowed to sample everything, as well as be given ribs and sides by the vendor.
“Everyone should come hungry and they will be full when they leave,” said Rutherford.
Visitors can plan to make a night of it Friday. Immediately following the charity competition award ceremony, the Joe Harvey Band will take the stage until 10 p.m. and Gilley Pool will be open until 8 p.m.
The professional competition heats up Saturday when 40 professional KCBS teams from around the United States and backyard grill masters will compete for $12,000 in total prize money in a recognized Tennessee State Championship Competition.
At noon, KCBS certified judges will begin assessing each contestant’s prowess in chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. The awards ceremony will be at approximately 4 p.m.
For more information, go to www.smokininmcminnville.com or call the Chamber at 473-6611.