This just in: The 17th Annual BBQ on the Bow
The 16th Annual BBQ on the Bow was held August 30th & 31st, 2008.
15th Annual BBQ on the Bow was held September 1st & 2nd 2007 at the Eau Claire Festival Market
2007 Update - Photo Gallery 1
2007 Update - Photo Gallery 2
Calgary Select attended the 14th Annual BBQ on the Bow that was held September 3, 2006 at the Eau Claire Market. This event included the following: Alberta Championship BBQ Competition, Awards Ceremony, Main Stage Performances, BBQ Cooking Demos, Children's Craft Tent, General Store, Cookbook Corner and BBQ Food Concession.
Competition babecuing began more than 20 years ago in the United States. Today more than 500 cities in Canada and the US host BBQ championships.
Competing teams are made up of a Chief Cook and up to three assistant cooks. These enthusiastic teams are up all night tending the fire and basting the meats for judging.
In the Alberta Championship, teams vie for recognition as the Grand Champion by earning the most points in all four required categories - chicken,ribs, butt and brisket.
Teams are judged on taste, tenderness/texture and appearance in each category. The team with the highest accumulated points is crowned as the Grand Champion. The winner also qualifies for the ultimate competition which is the "Royal" held annually in Kansas.
Find out more about the BBQ on the Bow Society at their website: www.bbqonthebow.com
Calgary Select was also fortunate enough to interview some individual teams. They are as follows:
Cowboys with Kilts
Pork Sweat & Beers
Please click on the links above to see more pictures and some chefs even reveal some of their secrets.
The event included musical entertainment as well as children's crafts.
To the right is an entry in the Ribs category. It is about to be judged for its visual appeal.
We spoke to Stewart Church who was on the site and provided some interesting additional information about the competition. According to Stewart, judges are by invite only and must attend a judging school that is held annually in May. Many of the judges are friends of the Society or are sponsors.