Barbecue grills will be sizzling this Saturday as teams compete in The Radio People of Meridian’s first annual Downtown Barbecue Showdown.
“We have over 20 teams competing. Hopefully we’ll have a good turn out on the day of from the general public as well,” said Bryan Holladay, the general manager of The Radio People of Meridian.
This competition is for the backyard amateurs to show off their finest barbecue chicken, ribs, and pulled pork.
“We don’t want the pros out there; we want the amateurs to have a good shot. But even though they’re amateurs, I guarantee you these people have had a lot of grilling experience, so the barbecue is going to be delicious. The day is going to be fun,” said Holladay.
Teams from around Mississippi and the Southeast will compete for $5,000 in prizes. The public will have the opportunity to try samples of pork butts submitted by various teams in the People’s Choice competition.
“You get to come into the people’s choice tent, try samples, and then throw a ticket into the can by the meat you most enjoyed,” said Holladay.
Part of the competition will be judged by the Kansas City Barbeque Society as well. Event tickets are $10.00, and half of all proceeds will be donated to the Meridian Police Benevolent Association.
“You know, it’s just the right thing to do. Anything we can do to benefit these community
organizations, the police department included, because they benefit us in so many different ways,” said Holladay.
The competition will be on the front lawn of Meridian City Hall and starts at 11 a.m.
Friday is the last day for competing teams to sign up. Tickets are being sold now up until the day of the event.