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This weekend: Barbecue all over
On June 10, you’ve got your pick of two barbecue competitions.
In Westbury, Temple Beth Torah is hosting the first Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship. The event is modeled after and sanctioned by the ASBEE World Kosher BBQ Championship in Memphis, Tenn. Teams compete in three culinary categories -- brisket, beef ribs and beans -- as well as for best booth and best team name.
The festivities start at 11 a.m. with the opening of the “Cowsher Café” serving brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, knishes, coleslaw, fruit, ices and beverages. (The menu and the entire event will be under the strict rabbinical supervision of the Mehadrin Kashrus -- Rabbi Abraham Marmorstein, Kehal Minchas Chinuh, New York.)
At noon, attendees can register for the hot dog eating contest and the kosher pickle eating contest (scheduled, respectively, for 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.) Throughout the day, there will be health care screening and a “kiddie corral” with inflatable bounce houses and a Velcro climbing wall.
Competing teams will start turning in their entries at noon and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Among the judges will be Andrew Fischel, owner of R.U.B. BBQ in Manhattan; Mara Levi, chef-owner of Mara’s Homemade in Syosset, and Andrea Strong, who writes New York’s Strong Buzz website.
Part of the proceeds will go to hunger relief charities on Long Island, including Long Island Cares, the Interfaith Nutrition Network, Hatzilu, Rock Can Roll and M’yad l’yad.
Temple Beth Torah is at 243 Cantiague Rock Rd., Westbury. For more information, call 516- 334-7979 or go to likosherbbq.org.
In Port Washington, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., it’s Karmacue, the fourth annual barbecue festival sponsored by Alper’s True Value Hardware. About a dozen teams, including last year’s winner Team LaDiliQ, will compete in cooking chicken and ribs. There will be live music from Evil Prince Ludwig (The Indestructible) and Dueling Elvis, as well as live magic from Michael Karl and crafts from Peace/Love Art Studio.
Local barbecue joint Harbor Q, pastry joint Baked to Perfection and wings joint Wings Plus will provide food during the festivities. Wings Plus will also host its fourth annual wing eating contest. Participants will get four minutes to eat as many medium-hot Buffalo wings they can. The winner will get a $100 gift certificate to Wings Plus; second place, $50; and third place, $25. The entry fee is $20. Stop by Wings Plus (16 Haven Ave., 516-767-9647) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
All proceeds from Karmacue benefit the Community Chest of Port Washington. The event is free and will be held outside Alper’s Hardware at 81 Main St. (corner of Irma Avenue). For more information, stop by Alper’s, call 516-767-0508 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
Above: The scene at Karmacue 2011, hosted by Alper's Hardware in Port Washington