By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Barbecue masters are set to compete to see who is the best at this year’s Blazathon April 5 and 6.
The event, held at the Stillwater Elk’s Lodge, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Blazathon will once again be supporting Judith Karman Hospice in Stillwater.
“Up to this year, we’ve now donated close to $160,000 to hospice in the time frame we’ve been doing all this,” said Blazathon Public Relations Coordinator Larry Jimison.
The Elks Lodge Blazathon chose Hospice as its charitable recipient from almost the very beginning.
“We had a lot of people in the past and up to the present that have been involved with them in one form or fashion,” Jimison said. “Either them assisting Hospice or Hospice assisting them.”
Jimison said more than 50 cook teams will participate, coming from various parts of the country, including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and Texas.
“In years past, we’ve had people here from Minnesota,” he said. “I think one year we had people in here from New York.”
Participants will prepare four meats — chicken, brisket, ribs and pork — for judging.
“They’ll turn in their food ... where it will be checked by (representatives of the Kansas City Barbecue Society), checked in and then it will be given out to a table of six judges,” said co-chairman Brian Bredesen.
The judges will be representatives of the community who will give their thoughts through a scoring process that looks at texture, appearance and taste, Bredesen said.
After scores are turned in, they will be calculated by KCBS representatives and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday winners from spots 10 to 1 will be announced in all four categories with the overall winner also being chosen. The overall winner will take home a $2,500 cash prize.