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BBQ Beach Party - a question

I watched Phantom Goument last week which bragged about the BBQ beach party to be held from Jun 22 to 24.

Checked out the website. The admission fee is $10 not include food or beverage. So another than a chance of tasting BBQ from different states, what else does it pay for?

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  1. ha, absolutely nothing. Though, it is cool that they got those guys to come out here. I wonder if some Memphis, Texas, and Carolina hounds can tell us if these guys are any good.

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    1. re: tamerlanenj

      Q from Virginia is a top notch bbq competitor. His competition team name is Cool Smoke and he's beaten the top teams in the country. Jack's Down Home BBQ is Jack McDavid who used to cook on food tv with Bobby Flay on Grillin and Chillin. Jack does pretty well in competition too, he took second in Whole Hog at Memphis in May 2 years ago.

      Most of the other guys are strictly bbq vendors and I don't know anything about them.

      1. re: yankeebbq

        The Memphis guy used to have a restaurant in Memphis but is strictly catering now - maybe some competitions but obviously you know more than I on that front.

    2. To be fair, you have to pay $7 to get into the Memphis in May competition and they only have a few vendors selling barbecue to the public. Most of the good 'cue comes from the competitors, which cannot sell food to the public because of health dept regulations.

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      1. re: Dax

        Thats the way the Pig and Pepper used to be too. You paid to get in and could watch people cook bbq but not try it. You could then buy from redbones or fireflys etc.

        1. re: Dax

          Could somebody clarify this for me. At the BBQ Beach Party in Boston can you purchase bbq from the competitors or not? This post confused me as I don't know if Dax was speaking of Memphis in May or BBQ Beach Party.

          1. re: DanInCambridge

            Yes you can purchase bbq at the phantom beach party. There are no 'competitors' at this event, just vendors.

            1. re: DanInCambridge

              I was speaking specifically about Memphis in May, but yeah, what yankeebbq. Typcially (and this depends on the location and health dept rules I guess), vendors will be inspected by the health dept whereas competitors would not be as they typically would not be serving to the public. Different standards.

          2. I don't know much about that one but the local BBQ events that are on my radar are all on the NEBS page at http://www.nebs.org/index.php?option=...

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            1. re: Chris VR

              The pig and pepper is now called ribs and brews

              1. re: hargau

                Not really. The original Pig n Pepper is dead and burried. Rib and brews is in Lowell.

                If you really want to try competition bbq food the event to go to is the Harpoon Championship of New England in Windsor Vermont. All the teams vend and many sell their actual leftover competition meat. Plus Harpoon makes a pretty darn good beer. There are also bands playing and a strongman competition.

            2. I would guess it goes to rent city hall plaza for 3 days, tents, portapotties, insurance, security/detail cops, and to some (all?) of the exhibitors, particularly those who are coming from out of state. This is a question for the PG site forum, don't think the Andlemans (sp) post on CH.

              As a fan of real smoked BBQ I might go and try some of the offerings, or stay home and fire up my backyard smoker instead.

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              1. re: PaulB

                I'm curious to check out those Texas and Carolina guys. One of them has a marinade made with Mountain Dew that sounded interesting. They seem like real personalities but I wonder what they'll be charging for the various food items.

                1. re: Joanie

                  I heard $2-$3 for sampler plates (2-3 ribs, etc.), and more for full meals.

                  As many above have noted, this type of "payment to get in, pay to eat" thingy is common on the BBQ circuit.

                  BTW, tickets are $10 now, but you could have had them for $5 up until the end of May.

                  Here's the line-up for the BBQ Beach Party:


                  1. re: Bostonbob3

                    maybe the $10 is for the delivery and clean-up of the beach sand on City Hall Plaza....or maybe we are paying for Mr. Menino's plate...Ooops LOL ;-)

              2. Bud and Bud Light? No thanks...how can they bring in all this BBQ and then offer only industrial-style icky beer?

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                1. re: heathermb

                  I thought about going to this but then I saw the charge for kids over age 2. I didn't feel like paying an additional fee for my kids which I would have to bring.

                  1. re: harpoonipa1967

                    I bought tix, going with 5 others. I am an andelhater, however, when i saw Jack McDavid was coming, i could not pass up the chance. In my humble opinion, he's the best bbq man in the world (i think he hails from West Virginia,but has an incredible upscale bbq restaurant in philly that I go to when I'm in town).

                    1. re: arliss

                      Does anyone know how many people they are expecting? Jammed crowds or not too bad?

                      1. re: rieslingme

                        probably weather dependent. i'd say jammed. but there is the other ribfest in Merrimack NH on the same days.

                      2. re: arliss

                        Arliss, I'm meeting a couple other Hounds at 2:00 in the Beer Garden on Saturday. Everyone else welcome to join in.