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Cook-off to heat up competitive spirit at Moffat County Fair

AmeriGas event offers cash prize for best barbecue

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The AmeriGas barbecue cook-off, as part of the Moffat County Fair, is open to cooks preparing selections of chicken, brisket, pork and ribs. The event includes a cash prize and trophy for the judge's choice grand champion, as well as many other awards.

If you're brilliant with a barbecue, have some skills with a grill or just plain love to cook up delectable meat dishes, your moment has come.

As part of the Moffat County Fair, propane provider AmeriGas is sponsoring a barbecue cook-off Aug. 1 at the fairgrounds, complete with cash prizes. The contest is open to all who want to display their culinary talents with meat options including chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Contestants will check in from 6 to 8 a.m. to set up — early setup for pork and brisket is available upon request — then spend the day turning a cut of raw meat into a tasty masterpiece heated and seasoned to perfection.

Each team is allowed one head cook and one alternate with as many assistants as needed. Participants must prepare sufficient entries in each category for up to six judges, and organizers strongly recommend submitting at least eight selections.

Judging, which begins at 3:30 p.m., will be done by blind taste test to ensure fairness. In the event of a tie, showmanship will count for extra points, and teams are reminded to consider theme, creativity and appearance of their cooking area.

Prizes will be given out for both judges' choice and people's choice, with the grand champion in the former receiving a trophy and $250. Judges will also select a reserve grand champion as well as the top three entries in each category, all of which will take home cash. People's choice will honor grand champion and reserve grand champion and the best of show in each category.

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Registration is $50 for one category and $25 for each additional entry. Registering in advance is suggested, but entries will be accepted the day of the competition.

For more information on registering and the event's full rules, call AmeriGas representative Vickie Runnion at 970-824-5423 or email her at Vickie.Runnion@amerigas.com.

If you go

Barbecue Cook-Off

Aug. 1

Moffat County Fairgrounds

— The AmeriGas-sponsored event allows cooks to compete for who prepares the best chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Setup is available from 6 to 8 a.m. — or earlier for pork and brisket, if necessary — and judging begins at 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m., with a prize of $250 and a trophy for the judges’ choice grand champion. The cost is $50 for the first entry and $25 for each additional category. For more information on registering and the event’s full rules, call AmeriGas representative Vickie Runnion at 970-824-5423 or email her at Vickie.Runnion@amerigas.com.

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