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Local barbecue festival gains national attention

The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) debuts its series, “All-Star BBQ Showdown” on July 23. Lincolnton’s motorcycle and barbecue festival, Hog Happening, will be the setting for one of the upcoming episodes.
The series seeks to crown the ultimate barbecue champion by pitting eight award-winning “BBQ All-Stars” against amateur challengers in nine face-offs at local competitions in eight states.
Each episode involves a cook-ff between two of the pit masters and one local amateur, all competing against each other for a $3,000 prize and a chance to advance to the finals. In the finals, the top four all-stars and two amateurs from the season compete for a grand prize of $25,000 and the title “Best Barbecue Chef in America.” The final episode will take place in New York City.
The first two premiere episodes will air back-to-back on July 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with an encore at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
On Saturday, July 30, the series will settle into its 10 p.m. time slot, airing two new episodes back-to-back each week.
The competition will culminate in a one-hour grand finale airing August 20, where one master will emerge as the best barbecue chef in America.
The show was the co-creation of America’s best-known barbecue pit masters and 10-time world champion, Christ Lily of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala., as well as Emmy-award winning writer John Markus.
by Staff Reports

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