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Get your barbecue fill this weekend

September 23rd 01:09pm, 2010

092310_bbqribsIn the world of competitive barbecuing, the public rarely gets to taste the good stuff. The cooks grill and smoke the ribs and steaks, the judges offer their sanctified opinions of same, and the hungry mob is often not even invited.

Not so at the St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash. The sixth annual event, held in Wildwood, has become noted for feeding serious grill fare to die-hard lovers of ‘cue. That’s largely because the bash is sponsored by the St. Louis Barbeque Society and because more than 100 amateur and professional teams will crowd the Wildwood Towne Center parking lot this Saturday and Sunday for the chance to win hardware and an invite to a prestigious national cook-off.

That’s what motivates Mary Randall of Always Smoked Absolutely Perfect BBQ. Randall, her sister, and their families – together known as ASAP BBQ – won the Brisket Championship at the Smoke on the Water USA Barbecue Championship in Little Rock, Ark., in 2009. This weekend, ASAP will plate up chili, pork steak, chicken, ribs, brisket, pulled pork and even dessert. Randall is an experienced competitor who “used to spend every weekend practicing” for events like this, she said. “The first year we competed we set up nine Weber grills. Now we use three Backwoods Smokers with water pans; cherry, hickory and apple wood; some grills; and some other appliances, too.”

More than 22,000 people are expected to throng this year’s bash, which benefits Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center. Look for an Iron Chef-style competition and a chicken wing-eating contest, too. Shuttle parking is available at St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood campus and at the Schnucks in Wildwood at 16580 Manchester Road.

By Byron Kerman

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