• Sucarnochee BBQ & Blues open for registration

    Posted: October 13, 2011

    Author: Gena Robbins

    Bragging rights plus a share in an $8,250 payout are guaranteed to delight Professional Division competitors in the fourth annual Sucarnochee BBQ & Blues Cook-off on Nov. 4-5 at the University of West Alabama campus in Livingston.

    A Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event, the fired-up friendly competition is also featured on the prestigious Alabama Championship Barbecue Trail. For the nonprofessional with a flair for the grill, cash prizes are offered in the amateur Backyard Division, sauce contest and dessert competition.

    The cook-off is sponsored by the University of West Alabama’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt and the City of Livingston. Registration forms are available at the Center's website. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 28.

    “This is a fun event and we really want to encourage local teams and students to participate,” said Center for the Black Belt Policy and Projects Coordinator Stephen Liverman.

    Check in on Friday and enjoy the hospitality of Alabama’s Black Belt as fellow BBQ enthusiasts relax around an evening campfire listening to the music of a live band.Welcome the morning with a complimentary breakfast on Saturday, and then it’s time to impress the certified KCBS judges’ as they taste their way to the winners.

    The team entry fee for the four-meat category Professional Division is $250, which includes chicken, pork ribs (spares or backs), pork(shoulder/Boston butt) and beef brisket. Cash prizes are awarded through 5th place, beginning at $450 for blue ribbon titles in each of the four categories.

    The Backyard Division has a $125 team entry fee that covers three meat categories: ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Amateur cooks have the option of competing in only one category, which has a $50 entry fee. Cash prizes are awarded in the Backyard Division through 3rd place, with top honors starting at $200.

    “We have made the Backyard Division more appealing by offering individual entry categories and we added pulled pork, which is a staple for this area,” said Liverman.

    There are also new sauce and dessert categories that have $25 entry fees. “We have BBQ clubs in this area with a wide variety of great tasting sauces,” said Liverman. “Keeping these categories separate from the pros will give people the confidence to compete with their own special recipes.” A $100 cash prize will be awarded to one winner in each category.

    The sweet smell of BBQ success will linger as the Professional Division Reserve Champion and Grand Champion receive $700 and $900 cash prizes. The Backyard Division Reserve Champion and Grand Champion can also claim victory with $225 and $300 cash prizes.

    For more information, please contact Stephen Liverman at the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at (205) 652-5405. 
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