Smokin’ on the Columbia
On May 15th and 16th, Rogue Ales will host the Second Annual “Smokin’ on the Columbia.” This event is the home of the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association’s American Nationals Qualifier BBQ Cook-off. The event will be held outside the Rogue Ales Public House at Pier 39 in Astoria, Oregon.
To honor this culmination of BBQ mastery, Governor Ted Kulongoski has declared May 16th as Oregon BBQ Championship Day. The Grand Champion of this event will be designated as the State Champion of Oregon for BBQ. The champion is to enter national BBQ competitions including the draw for the Jack Daniels Invitational, the American Royal and the Great American BBQ events.
Over 25 BBQ teams from all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada will compete for prizes and $3,000 in prize money will be awarded. Categories for the BBQ events include Ribs, Brisket, Pork Butt, Chicken Chowder and Appetizers. Food will be available to the public from many of the competing teams between 11 am to 3 pm.
Admission is $3.00. Children under 12 are free. The hours for the event are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The awards ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.