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80 barbecue teams will serve food, compete at Plant City Pig Jam

Eddie Greene, of Southern Food and Barbeque in Lakeland, pulls a rack of ribs from his grill during a past Plant City Pig Jam.

CAROLYN VAN HOUTEN | Times (2013)

Eddie Greene, of Southern Food and Barbeque in Lakeland, pulls a rack of ribs from his grill during a past Plant City Pig Jam.

Don't settle for ordinary barbecue this month. Bring your family to the 14th annual Suncoast Credit Union Plant City Pig Jam held today, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium.

Around 80 barbecue teams will serve food and compete against each other. This year's event aims to draw in more guests with a new fireworks display, sponsored by Patterson Companies, at 9 p.m. Friday.

"We're always looking for ways to improve the event," Chris Sparkman, chairman of the Pig Jam Committee, said. "We thought, what a better way than to blow stuff up.''

Pig Jam is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. This means quality is assured as acclaimed traveling barbecue teams from all over the country will be serving up smoky flavors in hopes of winning big. In years past, teams from 24 states, Canada, and Germany have competed at Pig Jam.

Nationally-recognized chefs have also made the circuit, such as celebrity chef and four-time barbecue World Champion: Myron Mixon. This year, St. Petersburg's Dr. BBQ will grace the competition.

"Each competition they get points, and at the end of the year the Kansas City Barbeque Society awards top competitors throughout the year," Sparkman said.

After attendees have sampled the team's barbecue, the food goes under the review of more than 100 Kansas City Barbeque Society judges.

There is also a "backyard competition" for anyone with a smoker and pride in their craft to compete in.

Aside from barbecue cuisine, there will be traditional carnival foods, such as elephant ears and corn dogs.

Guests will exchange their money for "pig bucks" that can be used to access food and entertainment.

Guests can enjoy live music, a kid's play area, scale a rock-climbing wall, enter into a raffle to win a new grill and enjoy beer on tap sponsored by Budweiser. The bar will show college football games on several TV screens.

This year's Pig Jam proceeds will benefit the Plant City Chamber of Commerce's Scholarship Fund which benefits different high schools in town.

For more information call, (813) 754-3707.

80 barbecue teams will serve food, compete at Plant City Pig Jam 11/16/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:59pm]
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