Imagine 21 pit masters vying for your vote in “Long Island’s best ribs” contest by offering tastes of their smoky, slow-roasted creations.
Barbecue competitors will battle with brisket, pulled pork and ribs during a two-day competition at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic next weekend for the first Beer, BBQ, Blues Festival. The event, which organizers hope to make an annual affair, will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
“There’s nothing better than beer and barbecue,” said Greenport Harbor co-owner Rich Vandenburgh. “We’re asking everybody to pray for good weather. We’re excited to do it and it’s for a good cause.”
On Saturday, June 27, participants will compete in the people’s choice rib contest. Here’s how it works: Voters can purchase a five-ticket book for $10, which nets them tastes from five of the 21 competitors. Voters can then cast their ballot with a sixth “golden” ticket. The pit master who amasses the most golden tickets is the champion.
That event runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
“They’ll be there all night smoking, turning, basting and doing what they do,” Vandenburgh said.
On Sunday, June 28, Kansas City Barbecue Society-approved judges will select the contest winner, who will also receive a proclamation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Competitors will be selling their food on Sunday as well. All competitors hail from the Northeast, Vandenburgh said.
“They are all amateurs, but they all are in this world and participate in these type of events,” said Vandenburgh. “There’s like a whole circuit of barbecue competitors.”
Greenport Harbor beer will be available for purchase and blues acts like Rob Europe, Joe Allegue, Kirsten Thien, Chuck Columbo and the Hiro Suzuki Blues Band will perform.
Admission is free. Net proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit that seeks to empower wounded veterans and their families.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company is located at 42155 Main Road in Peconic.