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May 2018

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Eastern or western style? Chopped, chunk or pulled? North Carolina's "holy grub", barbecue to the uninitiated, has probably sparked about as many debates and discussions as basketball or politics have in our state. And over the weekend of May 18-19 pitmasters will compete for a share of a $10,000 purse in the third annual Kings of Q BBQ Cook-off. Top place overall will receive $2,000 and second place will receive $1,000. The North Carolina State Championship event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society — a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbecue. The society is the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts with more than 19,000 members worldwide. Society representatives will be on site. The cook-off and festival are a way to focus on Ayden's barbecue heritage, said Stephen Smith, one of the organizers. The contest consists of four categories — chick - en, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket. All four cate- gories are required for grand champion and reserve champion. The top 10 in each category also receive cash prizes. As of press time the number of cook teams had not been finalized, Smith said. "We can hold up to 42," he said. "Last year we maxxed out at 36. Based on things we heard from teams that wanted to get in it, we moved it to 42. "I have 33 registered right now (early April), which is ahead of where I was last year at this time. We are thinking we will at least have 36, but we are hopeful we will fill up at 42." Judging starts at noon on Saturday, May 19, using the blind judging system. Check-in, cooks' meeting, judging and people's choice will be held at Ayden Christian Church, 462 Second St. "There is a people's choice category that about 20 to 25 of the cook teams will actually compete in that as well," Smith said. "It is a fundraiser through Ayden Christian Church. They will prepare pork and in the church they will have, I think they are 2-ounce samples, for a dollar. All hail the Kings Ayden's barbecue heritage will be honored and celebrated this month with the Kings of Q BBQ Cook-off. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event will pit pitmaster against pitmaster for the crown. Skylight inn Bum'S ReStauRant 566 Third ST., Ayden Serving up country-style food and a buffet of freshly prepared vegetables, including collards grown in Latham "Bum" Dennis' own garden. Dennis "Bum" Latham 4618 S. Lee ST.., Ayden The Skylight Inn is a testament to a generational barbecue tradition. A recipient of a James Beard Award, the Skylight Inn has welcomed past presidents, celebrities and dignitaries, as well as barbecue enthusiasts from across the country. Continued to page 24 By Steve Herring

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