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Best barbecue in W.Va. celebrated at festival

July 17, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The 6th annual Pickin’ in the Panhandle will celebrate the Mountain State’s best barbeque with two competitions at the Lazy A Campground in Hedgesville, W.Va., Sept. 7 to 9.

“These competitions showcase the best in BBQ, with teams coming from all over the mid-Atlantic and as far away as Missouri to compete,” Jennifer Jensen, co-director of the festival, said in a news release.

Pickin’ is also host to a backyard BBQ competition with cash prizes for the winner.  This year, the festival will bring back the Tastin’ Tent, where attendees can sample the contest submissions and vote for their favorite.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, professional chefs will battle for the title of Grand Champion at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s (KCBS) West Virginia State BBQ Championship.


With KCBS-certified judges determining the winner, each team will submit in four categories:  chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Sunday will feature the backyard BBQ cook-off with the same categories. Team registrations will be accepted for both categories until Aug. 31, space permitting.

Attendees wanting a taste of the BBQ competition can visit the Tastin’ Tent by making a donation to the Back Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Co.

Once inside, festival-goers can sample submissions from participating teams and vote for their favorite. The People’s Choice winner will be awarded a trophy and a free entry into the 2013 competition.

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