All cooks with a hankering for barbecue are invited to test their skills at an inaugural barbecue cookoff in March.
Members of the men’s ministry at Kiokee Baptist Church are seeking individuals and groups to sign up by March 3 for the inaugural Kiokee Kooker’s BBQ Cookoff,
The event is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at the former J.D. Howell’s store on the corner of Ray Owens and White Oak roads in Appling.
“It’s all about the bragging rights and who cooks the best barbecue,” said Keith Price, an event organizer.
There is no cost to enter, but participants must provide their own meat, he said.
The idea for the cookoff began more than a year ago after members from the men’s ministry raised money for a family in need by cooking and selling barbecue. The friendly jabs at who cooked the best barbecue led them to create the annual event.
The men’s ministry holds several activities throughout the year at the old store in Appling as a way to reach out to people outside of a church setting. These events include an annual archery contest, a car show, a yard sale and the Appling Opry, where local bluegrass and Gospel musicians meet to jam.
“We’re creating an atmosphere that’s not like church,” Price said. “The barbecue contest is just another way to reach out to guys.”
Price said 15 groups, such as the Richmond County and Harlem fire departments, Dealer Options Inc., and local churches, have committed to the cookoff so far.
Camper hookups are available, but limited, at the site. Those wanting to camp out Friday night need to notify Price prior to the cookoff.
At the end of the event, a group of people from the Appling Opry will vote for the top barbecue entry. A meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. for those attending the Appling Opry later that evening, Price said.
To sign up for the barbecue competition, call Price at (706) 831-7867 by Saturday.