BBQ Festival kicks it up a notch in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Barbeque sizzled Saturday in Downtown Jonesboro just minutes before judges in the barbeque cooking competition made their rounds.

Teams and restaurants from different parts of the country showed up to try their hand at the competition here in Northeast Arkansas. From Louisiana to Alabama, the various styles of cooking and grilling put off a scent of smokey, meaty goodness filled the air.

"Making sure our butts are done right and our sauces are all mixed right," said Gary Berry with Pig Tails BBQ. He said they have added a new sauce this year, which is homemade as always, "It's got a ketchup base, it's got four or five ingredients," said Berry.

But that was just one of many opinions on how good barbeque is done, and how the competition can be won, "We don't want to do anything too overpowering," said Jason Brown with Lord of the Smoking Rings BBQ, "Not to spicy, not to sweet."

But the catch of the competition is that the judges will determine the fate of the contestants, with one single bite of their nearly two days work. It's something the contestants said was crucial to preparation, "What you want to do is make sure you have the perfect cut of meat, we need six pieces because we have six judges," said Brown.

But in the end of the day, regardless of your grill or sauce the goal is simple, "Just try to wow the judges," said Berry. "Just make them say wow!" said Brown.

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