published Friday, May 25th, 2012

Barbecue cook-off at Chattanooga Market Sunday


What: Chattanooga Market.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

Admission: Free to market; $1 samples from barbecue vendors, plates priced individually.

Phone: 648-2496.


Barbecue lovers won't want to miss the fourth annual Beast Feast at Chattanooga Market on Sunday.

"It's going to be a barbecue cook-off and sampling event," said Melissa Siragusa, Chattanooga Market spokeswoman. Local chefs will prepare their favorite barbecue recipes using pork, beef and chicken. Samples will sell for $1; plates will be available at a higher cost.

"The chefs will be smoking, cooking and grilling all the barbecue," Siragusa said. "People seem to favor the $1 samples because they can find out what they like best and go back and buy a plate."

It's a competition of sorts for the chefs.

"We use the sale of the samples as a gauge of who sells the most to name the 'favorite' barbecue at the market," she said. "It's a fun competition and a great way for people to come down and sample all the local barbecue. We don't play up winning because it's more a fun event than a competition."

Participants in the cooking event this year are Choo Choo BBQ, Cornerstone BBQ, Lockhart's Smoke & Fire, On the List Catering, Porker's and chef Jernard Wells.

"It's a fun day featuring local beers, barbecue and live music," Siragusa said.


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about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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