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May 28, 2020








Brookline Tailgate & Barbecue/Grilling Cook-off

When: Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16 
Where: Brookline Ball Park, 130 Milford St., Brookline 
Cost: Free admission 

NEBS Grilling Competition (pizza, beef, dessert and mystery) - Saturday, July 15, $125 to enter
NEBS Barbecue Competition (pork ribs and chicken wings) - Sunday, July 16, $125 to enter
Entry in both the Grilling and Barbecue competitions costs $225.   
Junior-Q (chicken) - Sunday, July 16, $10 to enter, open to kids age 16 and under
Awards ceremony - Sunday, July 16, around 4 p.m. 
Food and activities schedule
Saturday, July 15
9 a.m. - Horseshoe tournament 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Food concessions 
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Brookstock Music Festival
Noon to 5 p.m. - Brookline Fireman’s Muster
5 to 7 p.m. - Barbecue chicken dinner (tickets purchased in advance at fire station cost $7 for a quarter chicken and $10 for a half chicken; tickets purchased the day-of at the field cost $9/$12) 
Sunday, July 16
8 to 11 a.m. - Pancake breakfast ($5 all you can eat) 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Cornhole tournament 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Snack stand open
Noon to 1:30 p.m. - People’s Choice chicken wings (get five chicken wing samples for $5 and vote for your favorite) 
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Brookline Women’s Club Blueberry Bash and Bike Parade

Ready, set, grill
Barbecue competition returns to Brookline

By Angie Sykeny

 Whether you’re seasoned in the sport of competitive barbecuing or you’re curious to see what it’s all about, you can put your outdoor cooking skills to the test at the Brookline Tailgate & Barbecue/Grilling Cook-off, happening Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, at the Brookline Ball Park. 

The event will feature two Northeast Barbecue Society-sanctioned competitions; the Grilling Competition on Saturday and the Barbecue Competition on Sunday. There will also be a Junior-Q kids’ barbecue chicken competition and a variety of food and activities for attendees. 
The NEBS competitions are open to both amateur and professional barbecuers. 
“We’ve had people who have owned restaurants, and we’ve had backyard barbecue people who want to try their hand at competitive barbecuing,” said Sheryl Corey, president of the Brookline Fire Department Association, which is hosting the event in partnership with NEBS. “Some like to stay at the tailgate level, but others move on to bigger competitions. We’ve even had a team that started at our competition and went on to win at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship.” 
The Grilling Competition will have four categories: pizza, beef, dessert and mystery. The Barbecue Competition will have pork ribs and chicken wings categories. 
Teams must bring their own ingredients for all categories except the mystery category, in which they’ll be given a basket of mystery ingredients to work with. They will then prepare and cook their dishes on site at the event to be judged by a panel of NEBS-certified judges and others from the competitive barbecue scene. Judges will score each dish by its appearance, taste and tenderness. 
“Usually these teams are very, very good,” Corey said. “Everyone has their own rub or sauce and their own way of smoking everything, and they won’t give out their secrets. They put a lot of money and time into this.”
Additionally, the barbecue chicken wings category will have a people’s choice winner; on Sunday afternoon, attendees can buy five competition chicken wings for $5 and vote for their favorites to win. 
First-, second- and third-place winners will receive cash prizes and trophies while fourth- and fifth-place winners will receive medallions. Winners may also count their scores toward the NEBS 2017 official rankings if they wish. 
Though many of the participants are serious competitors, Corey said, the competition is welcoming of more recreational competitors and first-timers just looking to give it a try. 
“If there are people out there who are thinking about doing a barbecue competition, this is the perfect competition for them to start at and see if it’s something they’d like to get into,” she said. “Barbecue people are very friendly and always willing to lend a hand and answer a question and give tips to new people, without giving away their recipe, of course.” 
Those not competing can come watch the action, vote for the people’s choice winner and enjoy food concessions including hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork sandwiches. Other food events include a barbecue chicken dinner on Saturday night (tickets required), an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and a blueberry bash on Sunday afternoon with blueberry pies and other treats for sale. 

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