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Jul 30, 2011 02:37 PM

BBQ Cook Offs?

Does anyone know of any bbq cook offs that happen in Montreal or the surrounding areas? I've been watching a lot of BBQ Pit Masters on TLC and thought it would be great to have something like that here...

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  1. the bbq ones here in the states start at a local level ...usually several local bbq places.then up to a regional competition and ultimately a national competition.. such as Memphis in May...

    so unless theres at least a few local may not have enough to support a competition

    does Montreal have any bbq associations? i would check with the smoke ring site see if theres any associations in Montreal ..
    i would start looking at those..see if they have any cookoffs in your area..

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      1. re: humbert

        Thank you so much. Very interested. My husband is looking to go to some of these events to check them out as well as to compete in the future. :)

        1. re: humbert

          I don't want to throw a wet blanket on the Brockville Ribfest, but...
          I will say go, enjoy, have fun, but don't expect a rib competition with the vibe you see on TV. I've been to the "ribfest" in Toronto, Ottawa, and Brockville. They're all the same: same vendors, same ribs, same technique, and the same sauce (from a bucket). Basically a travelling business in the guise of a cookoff.
          Like I say, you should go at least once (maybe even twice to see for yourself) to have fun, but don't expect a serious cookoff.
          Maybe read some of the comments here

          Really not close (a 6 hour drive, or a 4 hour car ride and relaxing 2 hour train from Albany right into Penn Station), but you might be interested in the Big Apple Block BBQ Party

          I've been 3 years running (missed this year) and got to meet great pitmasters from far and wide. Strongly suggest the Fastpass.
          Not a competition, but where else can you talk to and try the BBQ from the likes of Myron Mixon (star of BBQ Pitmasters), Ed Mitchel (a hero of mine),
          Mike Mills (64 First Place awards, 22 Second Place awards, 9 Third Place awards, 32 Grand Champion awards, 1 Grand Sauce award at Jack Daniel's, 2 First Place awards at Jack Daniel's
          2 Perfect Scores at Memphis in May (first time ever), 4 times World Champion at Memphis in May, 3 times Grand World Champion at Memphis in May (first team to achieve this feat; record held for 13 years and tied in 2007) and a nice guy...), John Stage (dinosaur BBQ), Garry Roark (Ubon's of Yazoo), Chris Lilly (Big Bob's BBQ), and more.

        1. re: EaterBob

          I will be checking this on out! Thank you.

          1. re: Tzenaki

            My pleasure. I'm very interested in it as well. On the gossip side of things, apparently there is no love lost between Laurent Godbout and one of the judges, Lesley Chesterman

            1. re: EaterBob

              Who else is a judge besides Lesley Chesterman for this Montreal burger cook-off?

              1. re: BLM

                Just checked online, the other judges besides LC are J-P Tastet and the two people involved with Montreal Burgers blog. Anne-Marie Whithenshaw is the host.

        2. $125 is pretty damn pricey for a burger cook-off... unless they're serving sliders, how many burgers can you really down for that price? Not sure I'd justify that for a couple of hamburgers made by a bunch of local quasi-celeb chefs... they are HAMBURGERS afterall. As a burger fanatic, there's only so much you can do with ground chuck, a grill and a bun... and still call it a hamburger. None of it's worth as much as a fine-dining meal at any of Montreal's best french restaurants imo.

          Comparatively, the 7-course tasting menu with foie gras at Toque is less than that... and for $35 more, you can add wine pairing. I think I'd chose that over 2 or 3 fancy hamburgers, thank you.

          If it were under $45 (which would still be ridiculously overpriced in my books!) I'd be really excited to go. Maybe I'm missing some pertinent info about this though... Even a burger at Pete Luger's isn't more than $12 and somehow I doubt Pintxo, F Cafe or Bice is doing any better.

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          1. re: OliverB

            it's a fundraiser for dans la rue

            1. re: celfie

              Still it's not worth it. Then why don't they charge $200. It's for charity after all(taking your line of thought)..

              1. re: BLM

                they give you a tax receipt for $100. Basically you are donating $100 and paying $25 for burgers. This isn't uncommon and it's a rather silly thing to be offended over. As for oliverB, what's the point in gathering double the people if only to make the same amount? there are other costs such as security, consumables, cleanup etc

                1. re: celfie

                  You're definitely going to get the $100 back, if it's declared at end of year during tax time? Or that's just in theory?

                  1. re: BLM

                    You'll only get $35 back on a hundred dollar donation – $15 from Quebec and $20 from Ottawa.

                    1. re: BLM

                      there is a tax deduction on all charitable donations in the province. if you hang on to the receipt, you can claim it for credit on your tax return at the end of the year.

                    2. re: celfie

                      I was just commenting on the fact that a burger cookoff is the type of thing that could probably pull in hundreds of people with proper press and since it's relatively easy to turnout and there's such quick turnaround (you're just grilling meat and have a large capacity to serve more people than a sit-down meal like most fundraisers) so if the purpose is to raise money as well as (hopefully) awareness, I would have thought a more accommodating price point for the general public would be a consideration. I think they could actually make more doing it that way, which is what I was pointing out. But again, I don't know the details or where this is taking place, etc. I was just commenting though, not criticizing or anything.

                      1. re: OliverB

                        it's not the county fair, it's a charity event organized by dans la rue

                        1. re: celfie

                          I realize that... but they are serving hamburgers.

                          It's not unreasonable to think that they can charge half the cost, and dish them out to three times the number of people with the help of local press/media. I support what they're doing though and don't really care eitherway. As I said, it was just an observation. Most charity events don't serve food that you'd find at a country fair btw.

                          1. re: OliverB

                            ok join their board of governors. its billed as a classy soire

                            1. re: celfie

                              then why hamburgers... what's classy about that?

                              i don't care at all, i wasn't critisizing and am responding from a chowhound forum pov and nothing more; i'll probably be there.if i were on the board of directors, i'd say the same thing. classy soiree shouldnt be grilled burgers. dish it out in a larger venue with more capacity and the opportunity for stronger press/media coverage is all i'm saying. or make a classy soiree a classy soiree.

                              who cares, its a good cause and i hope they stack it in.

                              1. re: OliverB

                                because it's not about the food, per se. they are using food as a vehicle

                                also remember, this is the organization that goes around serving food to street people from a truck.

                                1. re: celfie

                                  Yes I know, I remember they used to visit our school and show video presentations. I'm pretty sure a friend of mine played at a charity thing at local shelters with them a few years ago.

                                  I know the focus isn't food and it's pretty obvious from the fact that they're slingin burgers, but since this is chowhound, I'm just commenting from that pov... removed from the leanings of this forum, it's otherwise an invaluable cause that's worth supporting.

                  2. re: celfie

                    oops, I didn't realize it was a fundraiser.

                    Given that it's a bbq cookoff with fast turnaround, I think they'd probably do a lot better and reel in more folks at half the ticket cost, but I seriously wish 'em all the best. I may plunk down after all that to support a good cause.

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                  1. Not quite Montreal, but Brossard
           it just cropped up via JerkPork in teh Food Events thread