The heat will be when what is known as the Lower Mainland's largest barbecue competition returns to the Langley Bypass for the eighth year.
The organizer of BBQ on the Bypass has an answer to the ubiquitous question, "Where's the beef?" From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, there'll be loads of beef, as well as pork and chicken, sizzling on barbecue grills at 20771 Langley Bypass.
About two dozen barbecue "pitmasters" from across the Pacific Northwest will put their culinary skills to the test Sept. 15 during the eighth annual cook-off, which is free to the public.
Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned gourmet food store and the event's organizer, said BBQ on the Bypass started in 2005 as a way to introduce foodies to a style of cuisine that many in these parts likely weren't too familiar with.
"We wanted people to see what real southern style barbecue was like," she said. "No one really knew what it was."
Quaale's vision was to create a regional competition, certified by the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association, for local competitors who wanted to showcase their skills.
Since the inaugural event, it has grown to become one of the premier barbecue competitions in the Pacific Northwest region, and is known as the largest of its kind in the Lower Mainland, according to Quaale.
Rules are simple: competitors can only rustle up pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, and ribs.
Teams will compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and trophies, including the title as the BBQ on the Bypass grand champions and a chance to compete at the Jack Daniel's World BBQ Championships in Tennessee.
Enthusiasts flock to Langley every year to enjoy the sites, sounds and flavours of a southern style barbecue competition.
Quaale estimates that roughly 5,000 visitors will take in BBQ this Sunday, and the majority will bring their appetites with them.
The event will feature live music from OS5, who Quaale describes as "our house band," displays, vendors, family fun, and the main attraction, mouth-watering samples throughout the day.
The bulk of the competitors, some new to the event, some well seasoned veterans, are not professional cooks, Quaale noted.
"Most are backyard cooks, weekend warriors who just like to barbecue," Quaale said.
Adding to the day is a baking contest.
Amateur pie bakers are invited to participate in the Great BC Bake Off, with prizes provided by Well Seasoned. The pies can be either be baked at home or on site.
"It can be any kind of pie: fruit, 'anything' pies, butter tart..." said Quaale, who stressed that pies with whipped cream or that require refrigeration will not be accepted.
Entries must have bottom and side crusts - a top crust is not mandatory and all pies must be made entirely from scratch - including the pastry.
Store bought entries are a no-no.
Bakers ages 16 and older can enter their pie on site between 10 a.m. and noon.
As well, the Langley C-Lovers will be on site, selling fish and chips for charity.
For more about the event and to register for the Great BC Bake Off, visit the event's website at www.bbqonthebypass.com.
BBQ on the Bypass
What: Barbecue competiton
Where: 20771 Langley Bypass
When: Sunday, Sept. 15,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to the public.
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