2010-03-31 / News

Boss Hog is first stop on Georgia BBQ Championship

By Elizabeth Billips

Boss Hog is the first pit stop on the 2010 Georgia BBQ Championship trail.

The newly established competition will take barbeque teams on a trek of Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) state championships, beginning in Waynesboro May 7 and ending at the Cherokee Pignic in Canton on Oct. 16.

“The economy is what this is really all about,” said pit master “Big Jim” Stancil who is leading the charge to put Georgia on the map as a “barbeque Mecca.” “Each of these towns provides something different … their own unique thing. We want to bring in teams, judges and big crowds.”

Each team must compete in at least four events on the trail, and the one with the top-four overall scores will get $2,010 cash and a giant hand-carved peach trophy.

Stancil said Georgia has already grown “leaps and bounds” in the barbeque arena, jumping from three KCBS events to a dozen in the last decade.

“We’re the second largest event holder in the Southeast behind Alabama,” he said. “We want to tap that interest and enthusiasm to bring new tourism into Georgia.”

The competition is sponsored by Royal Oak and Primo Grills and is free to all participating teams. All teams competing in the Boss Hog are automatically eligible and may officially sign on at the May 7 cook-off. For more information visit www.GeorgiaBBQChampionship.com.

FOLLOW THAT

SMOKE TRAIL • Boss Hog Cook-off

Waynesboro, May 7-8 • Roman Roast on the River

Rome, May 7-8 • Horsin’ Around BBQ Showdown

Young Harris, May 28-29 • Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival

Dillard, Aug. 6-7 • Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

Kennesaw, Aug. 20-21 • Lake Oconee BBQ & Blues

Festival

Greensboro, Sept. 24-24 • Sherman’s Last Burning

Covington, Oct. 8-9 • Cherokee Pignic

Canton, Oct. 15-16

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