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The first annual amateur barbecue competition takes place on Sunday at the GL Heritage Brewery | windsoriteDOTca News

GL Heritage Brewing Co. hosts the first annual 519-BBQ-Masters Amateur Smoke-off. Twenty local teams of amateurs were selected to test their skills and recipes to compete for the “Best Smoked Ribs & Apps in the 519”.

“Since the pandemic hit, it seems like a lot of people have stepped up their barbecue game,” said organizer Greg Medel of Medel Brothers Quality Meats in South Windsor. “A few of us met through a local barbecue Facebook page and decided to host an event to see who had the ‘best barbecue techniques in the 519’. Greg will also be documenting the event for his show. YouTube, Butcher Meats Chef.

“I’m excited to see the many different rigs the competitors will use to show off their skills, as well as the various techniques these 519ers will bring to the table,” said Dan Leblanc, co-organizer and BBQ fan. “We have hand-picked a wide variety of teams and expect the judges to enjoy high-quality dishes.”

The prestigious judges chosen to nominate the best amateur barbecue at 519 are Brandon Davidson of SmoKing BBQ, Wayne J. MacLean of BigMac BBQ, Chef Wil BigCity Storrey of Ridiculously Delicious Cuisine, Jeff Jenkins of Dog Days BBQ and Jen Brignall-Strong of Takeout the tailgate.

While amateur competitors will only be able to share their recipes with the judges, Amherstburg’s BigMac BBQ will be offering guests a variety of their delicious and very popular smoky barbecue creations.

“This is the first time that this type of event has been held in our region and we are delighted to welcome it here, on the grounds of our family brewery,” says Jen Desjardins-Grondin of GL Héritage. “We love to shine a light on amazing community events, and what goes better with a good beer than a good barbecue?”

This one-day event will also feature a few local vendors specializing in BBQ products to help spread the smoky love that seems to have gripped so many in the 519 area. Crossroad Pellets, Rustic Flame Metalworks, Felipe’s Blazin BBQ Sauce and Butch’s Best BBQ Sauce will have their product available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It will take place on Sunday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at GL Heritage Brewing Co. in Amherstburg. The event is pet and family friendly, so spectators are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends on a leash with family and friends.