Gwen Fowler



Barbecue teams to butt heads at the beach

Posted 8/27/2013 12:33:00 PM

Who cooks up the best barbecue in South Carolina?

Find out at the 8th annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival, three days of barbecue-cooking, live entertainment and fun at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. It begins Friday, Aug. 30, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 1.

About 50 cooking teams will be competing in the South Carolina Barbecue Championship for bragging rights and more than $20,000 in cash prizes.

The OMAR Shriners will be selling barbecue dinners starting at 6 p.m. Friday, and the barbecue teams will be vying in the “Anything Goes” competition where they prepare anything but barbecue – from shrimp creole to chicken bog. Sample tickets are $1 each.

On Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, there will be non-barbecue food vendors, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a beer and wine garden. Activities for youngsters will be set up in a Kids Zone Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s festivities begin at noon, but you’re welcome to come earlier to watch as the teams prepare their barbecue for judging. You can buy a $10 wristband that will let you sample the barbecue from the competing teams beginning at noon for as long as it lasts. The barbecue champion will be announced at 5 p.m.

Also on Saturday, physicians and staff from Shriners Hospital in Greenville will be screening children from newborn through age 18 who may qualify for treatment at the hospital, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Wings are the focus on Sunday as restaurants and wing teams compete for Best Wings on the Beach. The vendors will be selling wings from noon to 5 p.m., and the OMAR Shriners will be selling barbecue dinners.

The winner of the Barbecue Championship leaves with $10,000. Others prizes include $3,000 for second place; $2,000 for third place; $1,000 for fourth place; and $500 for the fifth-through 10th-place teams.

The activities will be at Grand Park, which is on Farrow Parkway across from the shops of The Market Common, and on Forbes Court, athletic fields behind Grand Park.