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Pro BBQ Tour Visits Renton

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:25

TASTE News Service, March 29, 2017 - The National Pro BBQ Tour, the biggest, most competitive barbecue tournament in America, will visit Renton, Washington on Saturday, April 1. 

KC BBQers Pickmonkey Having some fun at a recent competition

Sam's Club is the official sponsor of the tour and also supplier to the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

The tour has 25 local qualifying events, where 30 of America's greatest barbecue teams will compete each week for a spot at one of the five regional events. Out of those 150 teams who make the regionals, 50 teams will move on to compete for the National Pro BBQ Tour Championship at Sam's Club's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. (Dates for the National Championship event can be found at www.kcbs.us/samstour.)

More than 700 teams will ultimately enter the tournament to claim their share of the largest prize purse in barbecue, $500,000. The one team that wins at all three levels will pocket a Grand Prize of $50,000. So far, that title has been claimed by teams from Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, and Michigan.

"This will be an amazing BBQ season based on the record-setting registration and interest already this year," said series director Michael McDearman. "I look forward to hitting the road and joining pro pitmasters to explain the growth of this sport and share their secrets with backyard grillers throughout the country."

All the events for the tour are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which requires them to prepare chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket. A combined score of these four categories determines a team's ability to move onto the regional events and ultimately the National Championship in Bentonville, Ark.

It's a day packed with excitement not only for the teams competing, but also for the general public. Each of the tour stops will be hosted at a Sam's Club location, free of charge, where the public can interact with professionals and see how exciting a pro barbeque competition is. They'll also have the opportunity to learn more about great Sam's Club products perfect for home grilling and barbecuing, as series director McDearman demonstrates grilling tips and techniques followed by free samples.

"This tour shows the true American barbeque style of cooking that stretches all over the country -- from coast to coast, border to border," McDearman said.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:44


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