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Pro-Am BBQ Cook Off back for second year — with even more to choose from

Tom Belden tries the offerings from Suck On This BBQ at the inaugural Williamsburg Pro-Am BBQ Cook Off on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Jamestown Beach Event Park. (WYDaily/Bryan DeVasher)
Tom Belden tries the offerings from Suck On This BBQ at the inaugural Williamsburg Pro-Am BBQ Cook Off on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Jamestown Beach Event Park. (WYDaily/Bryan DeVasher)

The heat of the competition is turning up this summer at Jamestown Beach Event Park.

The Williamsburg Pro-Am BBQ Cook Off is back for a second year, bringing professional and amateur barbecue pitmasters together June 30 to show off their grilling and smoking skills.

Last year’s winner Old City BBQ will be back to defend its title against other Williamsburg-area restaurants and food trucks, including Two Drummers Smokehouse, Rocco’s Smokehouse and Matchsticks BBQ, event organizer, the Rotary Club of the Historic Triangle, wrote in a news release.

This year features some newcomers: Jadean’s Smokin’ Six-O and Jus Cukn from Richmond, and B-52 Smokehouse BBQ from Hampton

The teams will go head-to-head in several categories, including top brisket, pulled pork and BBQ sides.

Amateur barbecue chefs can also join in the event.

“This competition is for the backyard BBQ enthusiast who wants to see how his or her BBQ matches up against other local smokers,” according to the news release.

The barbecue cook off is trying to expand the number of amateurs in the competition. That part of the competition will determine the best amateur pulled pork, ribs and chicken.

The amateur winners can receive cash prizes up to $1,000.

Adult tickets are $40, which includes unlimited barbecue samples and two beer tickets. VIP adult tickets are $60 and include early entry into the event, reserved seating under the tent and a “bottomless” souvenir beer mug with unlimited refills.

Children’s tickets for attendees younger than 12 years old are $5.

Like last year, the event’s “positive proceeds” will go to 3e Restoration, a nonprofit in Williamsburg fighting to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing friendship and support to those in need.

Additional proceeds will also benefit other local and national rotary charities, according to the news release.

Amateurs can sign up at the Williamsburg Pro-Am BBQ Cook Off website.

For questions, call Brad Anderson at 757-816-2968.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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