Spring Is In The Air At The 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic

Nothing quite says spring like the smell of BBQ in the air. The 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic kicked off the season this Saturday, May 13 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Popular contenders such as Outta Gas Barbeque and Uncle Al’s Smokehouse BBQ fired up brisket, pulled pork, and ribs with delicious competition on every side from crowd favorites such as Butler’s Barbeque and Cool House Grilling.

A hard wood such as pecan, hickory or oak is used to create the unique smoky flavor in Texas-style bbq brisket. Carefully carved, the burnt ends are particularly popular, the flavor of the drippings and smoke perfectly captured in every bite. Bacon also made a star appearance at this year’s event. One of the oldest processed meat dishes in human history, it found its way into mac and cheese, wrapped around hot dogs and corn and the star of its own West Coast BBQ Classic 2017 Showdown.

Professional and amateur pit-masters smoked, grilled and sauced, ultimately hoping for the vote from the judges as well as the audience favorite. The prizes total $11,500 and the ultimate bragging rights as 2017’s reigning BBQ Master.

BBQ was the star but one can’t forget dessert. What’s BBQ without peach cobbler and brownie sundaes? Somewhat less fierce in nature, watermelon and cobbler eating contests were crowd favorites.

Entertainment from the Melissa Farrior Band, Dean Kalogris and Line Dancing lessons kept the crowd moving.

Missed this year’s event? Mark your calendar for next May and visit www.queenmary.com for a full calendar of upcoming spring and summer events.

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