By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Tender, smoked and delicious barbecue.
That is what competitors at the sixth annual Bakersfield's Biggest Baddest BBQ Championship will show off as they light their grills and pits to win a hefty check of $3,500 -- plus bragging rights.
All proceeds from the event will go toward JJ's Legacy, an organ and tissue donation advocacy organization.
The event kicks off Friday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. You can enjoy live entertainment with your free admission that day, plus enjoy a variety of food from local vendors, event coordinator Angie Trigueiro said.
Among the 57 teams competing, 25 are local.
"Not all teams do free tasting but a lot of them do," Trigueiro said.
But you can buy a ticket to purchase food from competitors. That ticket will also let you enjoy food at the food court and beer garden.
Lori Malkin, founder of JJ's Legacy, said her favorite part of the event is touring the competition and checking out the rigs where the food is barbecued.
"These rigs are bigger than my kitchen," Malkin said.
For each team to be entered in the judging, they must turn in a smoked plate of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday; admission is free that day. Competition day starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and tickets are $10, and free for children 12 and under. The $1 tickets must be purchased for tastings and drinks.
For more information, call 978-6785 or visit bakobbq.com.