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Can you cook up some of the most succulent ribs in town? Then you should enter the Big Gig BBQ Amateur Rib Cooking Competition. (PHOTO: Big Gig BBQ)

Big Gig BBQ invites entries for first Amateur Rib Cooking Competition

The third annual Big Gig BBQ will take place from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Henry Maier Festival Park.

And there will be plenty of great barbecue to enjoy from vendors including Atlas BBQ, Doc's Commerce Smokehouse, Double B's BBQ, Famous Dave's, Hue, Iron Grate BBQ Co., Maxie's, Miss Beverly's Deluxe BBQ, Nino's Southern Sides, Pitch's, Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ, Smoke Shack, The Saucy Swine, and The Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie.

But for those aspiring to perfect their own smoked meat game, there's also an opportunity to participate in the first ever Amateur Rib Cooking Competition.

Think you've got the meat to compete?

The competition is open to local backyard enthusiasts who are looking to show off their unique skills.

The entry fee for the competition is $100. All entrants must bring their own grill or smoker (charcoal or wood-based only) and supplies. Meat will be provided by Kettle Range Meats.

Entries will be judged in a blind tasting on the basis of appearance, tenderness and flavor.

The first prize winner of the competition will receive a cash award. Ten subsequent prizes will also be offered for participants.

The deadline to enter is Aug. 24 (or earlier, if capacity is reached). For complete rules or to enter, visit


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