Collinsville’s Inaugural Smokin’ on Main BBQ Competition
Collinsville, IL/July 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Proud carnivores of the St. Louis area, your time has come! The weekend of July 29 – 30, the first annual Smokin’ on Main BBQ Competition will be held in Collinsville, Illinois. The event along Main Street in uptown Collinsville will offer a little something for everyone, summertime backyard barbeques buffs, fans of world class BBQ prepared by local grilling champions, cooking competition enthusiasts, festivals lovers in general. Admission to the festival is free and some of St. Louis’ favorite barbecue restaurants will be offering concessions during both days of the festival. Look for Sugarfire Smoke House, Doc’s Smokehouse & Catering, Beast Craft BBQ Co., Mr. BBQ’s Rib Shack, Fire-N-Smoke Wood Fired Kitchen, and Red Top Barbecue & Chili. Three of the top pro competitors will also be selling their wares.
Besides great barbecue, festival goers will also enjoy live music both days of the event, or test their skills on the “Climb for PTSD” rock climbing wall. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdale will make an appearance Saturday from 2–4:00 p.m. The event host, Code 3 Spices at 302 E Main Street in Collinsville, has a reputation for supporting American heroes. Every bottle of their award-winning barbecue seasonings and Patriot Sauce raises 25-cents for organizations that support police, fire, medical, and military personnel. So, it’s not surprising that proceeds from the Smokin’ on Main BBQ Competition and festival will benefit the U.S. Veterans Foundation and the Collinsville Food Pantry. Code 3 Spices co-owner Mike Radosevich was a police officer for 15-years before he and Chris Bohnemeier started Code 3 Spices. Radosevich says they decided right away to make giving back part of their business model.
Code 3 Spices co-owner Mike Radosevich talks about the inspiration behind the Smokin’ on Main BBQ Competition.
More than 50 teams are expected to show off their barbecue prowess at the Smokin’ on Main BBQ Competition. The competition’s Pro Division is expected to draw 35 teams of professional BBQ chefs from across the St. Louis area to compete and prove themselves the best in the business, while the Backyard Division will give 20 teams of non-professional grillers the chance to show off their skills and potentially win a little cash while they’re at it. The Pro Division will feature the classics: ribs, chicken, pork (butt and shoulder), and brisket. The Backyard Division will feature party barbecue favorites, ribs and chicken wings. The competition’s total prize money is a whopping $8,000. A top prize of $6,500 will be awarded to the Pro Division winner, while $1,500 will go to the Backyard Division champion. Additionally, awards and cash will be given to the top five competitors in each division.
The festival kicks off Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and goes until 10:00 p.m. On Sunday, it’ll run from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be live music on both days, as well as traditional festival concessions, and of course, all that luscious smoked the meat! What a great addition to summer in the Metro East.
By Katie Smith