McLouth gearing up for annual barbecue
Ten years ago, the McLouth Recreation Commission sponsored its first "BBQ Blowout."
Since then, the smoky adventure has become a tradition for McLouth. This year's event is scheduled for June 1 and 2.
"We have some of the best cookers in northeast Kansas that come to our barbecue," said Cliff Weeks, chairman of the recreation commission.
Past participants at the McLouth BBQ fest have gone on to win first place at the American Royal invitational, and have placed in the Jack Daniels invitational, Weeks said.
This year, 35 barbecuers, most of them from northeast Kansas, will set up their booths in McLouth and fire up their stoves.
A Friday night street dance with a disc jockey in the shelterhouse of the park will set the stage for the event. Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., the cook-off officially begins. Judging will start at noon.
Barbecue categories include pork ribs, chicken, pork, beef brisket, lamb and miscellaneous. The miscellaneous is where it gets interesting, Weeks said.
"It could be anything from salmon to emu to alligator," he added. "Cornish hens are good, too."
A team of judges will have their work set out for them as they uncover dish after dish of barbecue meat, fresh off the grill.
Weeks said, depending on the weather, up to 3,000 visitors might attend the event. Families may also participate in various games, a motorcycle show, car show and a petting zoo.