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The WindyCityBBQClassic,in its 3rd year, is recognized as a premier pitmaster competition-‐celebrating the authentic, old-‐fashioned techniques of top BBQ Pitmasters and Chefs from around the country.
The event is being held on the lakefront, at beautiful Soldier Field on Saturday, October 11th, 2014.
The core of the event is a state-‐championship BBQ Contest.
On the professional side, we’re inviting 40 of Chicago’s Top Chefs, Caterers & Restaurateurs, to showcase their best BBQ to over 3,000 of Chicago’s most passionate BBQ enthusiasts!
They will be in attendance to observe the BBQ competitors, listen to live music, watch cooking demonstrations, and enjoy beer sampling from Lagunita’s Brewery (along with other craft brewers from the area)–and they’ll be HUNGRY! You, as a professional restaurant will feed the masses, bringing your best BBQ samples while building comradery with other top Chicago chefs and restaurants.
A Windy City BBQ Classic Top Bite trophy will also be awarded to the restaurant with the best bite and booth display.
All proceeds go to Operation BBQ Relief!
When & Where
The Windy City BBQ Classic
Jared Leonard, Pitmaster & Pit Professor,
Owner Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse
Jared Leonard has a life-long passion for cooking and entertaining, with the past decade being focused on authentic wood-fired BBQ. His culinary career began as a caterer, turned street festival vendor. After a few years on the festival and vending circuit, he decided to set his roots down in Chicago and open Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse. Rub's has evolved since opening 4 years ago from being just a restaurant, to being a BBQ Destination for food, education, and passion. Jared started sharing his passion for BBQ by teaching others in a class format in 2010. To date, he has conducted over 300 BBQ Classes – with over 5,000 attendees. He hosts classes 4-6 times a week in Rub’s Pit Room – adjacent to the restaurant. Jared focuses on providing a true “Backcountry Smokehouse” experience to BBQ lovers - he's one of the few pitmasters in Chicago cooking BBQ the old fashioned way, using only hardwood logs for fuel. His passion has fueled the desire to co-found the Windy City BBQ Classic – Chicago’s premier BBQ Pitmaster competition; WCBC is a state-championship BBQ event that hosts teams from around the country in an old fashioned pitmaster competition. “My goal is to continue to share my love for BBQ with as many people as will listen. Teaching people about the history of BBQ, the many styles of BBQ, and watching them get just as excited as I got when I first got into this - that’s what keeps me going. Spreading my passion only makes it grow. This is what I was put on earth to do – cook great BBQ for the people.”
Gary Wiviott, Pitmaster & Barbecue Life Coach
Gary Wiviott is a pitmaster’s pitmaster – a barbecue man who has found the sweet spot between talking the talk and walking the walk in teaching the art of barbecue. Since the release of Low & Slow in 2009, Wiviott has cemented his reputation as a respected barbecue authority – as the pitmaster of Barn & Company in Chicago, as a go-to expert for print, radio and television features about barbecue, as a barbecue escort for a taping of Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods”, as the creative force and emcee behind the sell-out monthly Pitmaster Dinner Series at Barn & Company, and as a barbecue consultant teaching private classes for home cooks, diehard barbecue enthusiasts and restaurants. Gary is co-founder of LTHForum.com, the Chicago-based Culinary chat site, co-founder of the Windy City BBQ Classic, and on the board of directors of Purple Asparagus and the Illinois BBQ Alliance.