By Sarah Lang The Lebanon Reporter
Lebanon — Smells of sweet and spicy barbecue will fill the air at Lebanon Memorial Park as the sixth annual Boone County Battle of the BBQ takes over this Saturday.
Around 40 different teams will compete to be named the best barbecuer in the county. It’s the most number of teams ever, said event organizer Kathy Flannary.
“I’m really excited about that,” Flannary said. “Every year it gets bigger and bigger.”
Teams will be arriving throughout the afternoon to cook, and there will be a DJ, so it’s a fun time to just walk around and see what everyone is cooking, Flannary said. Some teams also sell items ahead of time, like strawberry shortcake, pie, or things like T-shirts. The entire event is a fundraiser for the Boone County Cancer Society, and one award is for the team that is the best fundraiser, so some teams start early.
“There will be corn hole games going on, and it’s fun just to walk around and see the activity,” Flannary said.
Serving begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. Attendees can walk around and try samples of all of the entries, and then can get a full meal for $10. Nearly 15 local churches are furnishing things like relishes, applesauce, watermelon and chips. The meal is from the Pork Producers, and Flannary said the Indiana State Pork Producers president is even a judge this year.
New this year is a beef brisket category in the judging. But since beef is so expensive, there won’t be samples available. Other categories are sweet, spicy, rub, and best-decorated.
Last year’s champion, Lawson Farms, is coming back early from a national convention to participate in the contest, which Flannary called “humbling.”
See Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.