Battle of the BBQ Brethren: Call for entries

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Teams prepare their chicken entry during the 2011

Teams prepare their chicken entry during the 2011 Battle of the BBQ Brethren N.Y. State BBQ competition in Manorville. Photo Credit: Chris Ware, 2011

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Think your barbecue is hot stuff? Prove it at the Battle of the BBQ Brethren. Long Island’s 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 “chef’s 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 year’s competition awarded more than $17,000 in prizes, with the grand BBQ champion receiving $1,800 and the grilling champion, $500 (plus bragging rights.)

Entrance fees are $250 for the BBQ competition, $50 for grilling. All net proceeds go to The John Theissen Childrens Foundation. For more details and to download applications, go to

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