By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
Things are about to heat up in Washington as aspiring pitmasters bring their best barbecues and smoked dish to face off against one another during the annual BBQ and Smoker Challenge.
The challenge will once again be held during the city?s farmer?s market ono July 12 in Central Park.
Market master Bob Shepherd said that a panel of judges will taste the entries and determine who will be the 2018 pitmaster. Entries must be prepared on site and be ready for judging by 5:15 p.m. Depending on the number of entries either one overall winner or two category winners will be chosen.
?I think this is the 19th year,? Shepherd said. ?Last year we scheduled it so it would be the Thursday before the Washington County Fair starts to give those participants in the contest to practice and share their skills with the people who come to the farmers market.?
Shepherd also commented that there will be no market this evening, saying that the market is usually canceled if it is withing day of Independence Day, as it takes vendors a full day to get ready for the market.
During a pre-sign up for the event, Shepherd said that three people signed up ahead of time. He said that a participant doesn?t need to sign up ahead of time, but just needs to have the dish ready. It is also strongly encouraged the participant make enough of the dish to provide samples to the people attending the market.
Shepherd said that people using smokers will be able to set up in the park in the morning to allow enough time for dishes to smoke.
?We really do have some fine barbecues,? Shepherd said. ?Last year we had just a stellar combination. I am looking forward to it this year. If we have good weather it will be perfect.?