Long Island’s longest-running barbecue competition, the Battle of the BBQ Brethren (now in its fifth year), will take place over the weekend of August 6 and 7 at The Maples in Manorville. The weekend promises to be a blast, with live music, a car show, cooking demonstrations and barbecue for sale from competition sponsor RUB BBQ of Manhattan (soon to be opening a satellite restaurant in East Meadow).
Of course the centerpiece of any competition is … the competition. On Sunday, teams will compete in a NY State championship in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder and brisket. Saturday, however, there’s a bit of a free-for-all: 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 and the top finishers will go head-to-head against a celebrity BBQ chef in an iron-chef-ish “mystery basket” shootout.
Entrance fees are $250 for the BBQ competition, $50 for grilling. All net proceeds of this event will be presented to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk. For more details and to download applications, go to bbqbattleli.com.