Smoke In The Valley BVA Competition Set For October

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad’s Pro and Backyard BBQ Competition “Smoke in the Valley” has been sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and was put on their 2014 schedule. KCBS will be lending technical advice as well as KCBS trained judges. 

The Smoke in The Valley BBQ Competition and Festival will be held at the Bledsoe County Community Complex and Fair Grounds on Oct. 11, teams will be setting up on Oct. 10.

The Squad was honored this week by Governor Bill Haslam by proclaiming “Smoke in the Valley” as an official Tennessee State Championship contest. This means winners of a state championship will receive an invitation to compete in those contests that are “by invitation only.” Pikeville will be attracting many teams looking to win and then move along to contests such as “The Jack” a world competition held every year in Lynchburg, Tenn.

This year will be the 2nd Barbeque event for the Rescue Squad. Last year’s competition was for Back Yard cookers only. This year there will be a Back Yard and Pro Competition. The Pro competitors are those that accumulate points within the Kansas City BBQ Society and may receive awards at the end of the season. 

This is for smoker BBQ only. Electric and gas grills are not allowed.  For rules and specifics on the competition and team registration forms visit the Bledsoe County Rescue Squad’s website: bledsoecountyrescue.com or contact George or Earline Young by phone at 364-0114 or email at vanyoung@bledsoe.net.


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