MASON CITY | The 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash will being teams from across the Midwest and even as far as California to compete for pork glory.
The Bash is one of the biggest barbecue events in the Midwest and averages about 50 participants each year.
The Globe Gazette-sponsored event will be held July 21-22 in East Park. Attendance can approach 10,000 over the two days.
The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the teams cook for certified KCBS judges, earning points toward the national title.
The teams will prepare pork shoulder, ribs, brisket and chicken. The judges select the overall grand and reserve champions along with divisional winners.
The competition isn’t just about BBQ. Teams can compete in other bash contests like desserts, Spam and Anything Butt.
Entertainment this year features Standing Hampton, The Grant Family and Bolder Road.
Admission to the event and the live music is free. Vendors will be selling a wide assortment of barbecue and other types of food and beverages, and a beer garden will be open both days.
Friday, July 21
5 p.m. — Beer garden, food court and children’s playground opens.
6 p.m. — To Be Announced.
7 p.m. — Music by Standing Hampton
9 p.m. — Kids playground closes.
10 p.m. — Food court closes.
11 p.m. — Beer garden closes.
Saturday, July 22
11 a.m. — Beer garden, food court kid’s playground opens. Live music by The Grant Family.
11:30 a.m. — KCBS Competition.
2 p.m. — Music by Bolder Road.
4 p.m. — Awards ceremony.
4:30 p.m. — Music by Bolder Road.
6 p.m. — Beer garden, food court and kid’s playground closes.