BLADEN — The kickoff for the Webster County Fair here this weekend included a new event designed to showcase the wonders of beef brisket when it is prepared by the right set of hands.
For their entry fee, participants in the Webster County Agricultural Association BBQ Cook-Off received a brisket Saturday evening and could begin cooking anytime after that.
Each preregistered team also was given a space to work on the fairgrounds. (Spaces with electrical hookups were extra.) No gas grills were allowed; use of coal or wood pellets was required. Each team also was required to provide a side dish to serve the judges and the public with their finished brisket.
Six teams came up with members, playful names, team spirit and a little trash talk to go along with their recipes and ideas of what would make their brisket the prize-winning choice.