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Think your barbecue is hot stuff? Prove it at the Battle of the BBQ Brethren. Long Islands longest-running barbecue competition. Now in its seventh year, the battle is joined over the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4 at The Maples in Manorville.
On Saturday, there will be a grilling competition open to any and all comers. Backyard warriors will have to turn in an appetizer, two chefs choices and a dessert. The top finishers will go head-to-head against a surprise celebrity BBQ chef in an iron-chef-ish mystery basket shootout.
Sunday is the main event, when teams will compete in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder and brisket. Not only is this a New York State championship, it is a qualifying round for both the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City and the Jack Daniels Invitational Barbecue World Championship in Lynchburg, Tenn.
Last years competition awarded more than $17,000 in prizes, with the grand BBQ champion receiving $1,800 and the grilling champion, $500 (plus bragging rights.)