Feature Story                                                                                            Saturday, March 14, 2015


Where There's Smoke

Ruth and Naomi's to benefit from Barn Burner barbeque

By Amy Chen with photos from Leeann Froese


Barbeque aficionados will be all fired up March 22 in Yarrow.


he first annual Barn Burner Barbecue Competition arrives in Chilliwack, British Columbia on March 22 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Farm Store located on 4540 Simmons Road. This free, one-day event is the first fully-sanctioned BBQ competition in Canada this year.

Presented by Johnson's Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, Barn Burner BBQ aims to be the hottest BBQ competition in Chilliwack, supporting eating local and community building (the event's local sponsors here). More than 21 teams from across the Pacific Northwest, Alberta and Saskatchewan will travel to Chilliwack and compete for the ultimate BBQ championship.


This fully-sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) BBQ competition will attract BBQ fans of all ages from throughout the Fraser Valley. Attendees will taste delicious BBQ samples, groove to the live band performance, visit local vendors, enjoy free climbing wall and face painting, all while being a part of a smoking fun event.


At the end of the day, proceeds from the event will support Ruth & Naomi's Mission, a non-profit organization in Chilliwack that feeds the hungry and provides shelter for the homeless.


"One of the many reasons I love food is because it is the perfect medium to bring people closer together in a community," says competition organizer Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned and the host of the decade-old annual BBQ Off The Bypass competition. "Barn Burner BBQ is one of those events where the community comes together to have fun, celebrate its passion for food and support each other locally," she explains.


With visiting KCBS head judges Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh leading a team of certified local BBQ judges, the winning team will share a cash prize of $5,000 after achieving the highest total points in all four competition categories: Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, and Ribs. 

A food affair is never complete without a fun, "Iron Chef" style competition for BBQ Teams to further show-off their creativity and talent. In this bonus round of BBQ "Black Box" cook-off, each team will receive four mystery ingredients to be incorporated into a single dish and submitted only to a distinguished panel of judges including Don Lehn (editor, My Chilliwack News), Marc Smith (chief adventurer, 30 Day Adventures), Mijune Pak (blogger, Follow Me Foodie & Passion for Pork), and Samantha Lenz (contributor, Vancity Buzz). Judges will award points based on originality, taste and presentation. It is sure to be a very tasty yet fierce additional battle.


Where: The Farm Store located on 4540 Simmons Road

When: March 22 from 11am to 5pm




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