$100 – $175

Backyard BBQ in the City

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Oak Court Mall

4465 Poplar Ave

Memphis, TN 38117

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Do you have what it takes to be the best BBQ Cook?

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1st- $750.00

2nd- $500.00

3rd- $250.00

This page is for Contestant sign-ups. Please review rules/itinerary, print and have signed at cooks meeting.

Backyard BBQ in the City - Cook-Off Rules

JUNE 19-20, 2020 Cook-Off Rules

1. Backyard BBQ in the City Coordinators must approve all cooking entries.

2. Entry teams may have up to 4 team members. However, for the purpose of related publicity or for awards presentations, only two (2) team members will be considered “official” team members.

3. All times listed below is, Central Daylight Time (CDT).

4. MANDATORY Team Captain Meeting will be 5 PM at Oak Court Mall on June 19, 2020. Summarize the day’s planned activity, and any last minute Q&A.

5. Team Locations: Team booth areas are pre-assigned and an overhead view of the competition area will be included for reference. MAX booth dimensions are 12 feet by 21 feet from the curb edge of the assigned area. Please plan accordingly so that all teams can be accommodated.

6. Set-up for booth and cooking equipment begins at 5:00 p.m. the day before the event. Cooking may begin at 6:00 p.m. Fires must be lit once in position, no pre-lit fires before arrival.

7. Meats judged in the 2020 Backyard BBQ in the City Cook-Off are Ribs and Shoulders.

8. Judging of meat begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

9. Winners for all will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

10. All meats must be prepared on-site and will be judged on taste, cut, tenderness and appearance.

11. Categories for Backyard BBQ in the City - Cook off are as follows:

Ribs: suggested serving sizes 2-3 oz.

Shoulder: suggested serving sizes 2-3 oz. Pork ribs must be cut apart.

12. All meat must be raw and uncooked at check in. Prior preparation, such as marinating and seasoning, is permitted.

13. DIP/SAUCE ***PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!!!***: DURING PREPARATION: You may COOK with sauce/dip. AT TURN-IN FOR JUDGING: DO NOT add sauce, dip, marinade, sop or juice to meat or container once the meat is prepared for turn in. DO NOT add any additional spices, dip or sauce to meats once prepared for turn in. Aluminum foil will be provided when cooks sign in for their team meat trays. Use this foil ONLY. Meat is to be placed on the foil for turn-in. DO NOT fold foil over meat or mark the foil in any manner. NO garnishing or markers allowed.

14. All decisions of the judges will be final.

15. All teams should be ready for judging at 1:00 p.m., Saturday.

16. FREE SAMPLES TO THE CROWD is required for only those with punch cards. THERE WILL BE A “PEOPLES CHOICE” judging. However, contestants and/or sponsors may not sell food, drink, souvenirs or other items to the public. ANY AND ALL SALES ARE PROHIBITED. NO FOOD CAN BE SOLD at the event and any attempt constitute disqualification from the event.

17. Teams, Participants and Contestants in the Backyard BBQ in the City Cook-Off are responsible for the CLEAN UP of their area immediately following the contest. Each team is responsible for keeping the contest area clean and policed before leaving event (no ashes, hot or cold, shall not be left on site). Trash cans and bags will be provided during event. Additional trash bags available upon request.

18. Utilities (Water and Electric ONLY) are limited availability and may NOT be available.

19. EQUIPMENT SET-UP / STAGING: Up to two (2) vehicles are permitted in the contest area for set up purposes only on Friday afternoon and before the competition begins on Saturday morning. After set up, all vehicles, driven, towed and any others must be moved to festival parking area. Enclosed Trailers must be removed from cooking site, unless your cooker is permanently attached.

20. EQUIPMENT REMOVAL: Cooking equipment may be moved to a side street for vehicle pick up after cooking. NO VEHICLES ALLOWED IN THE COOKING AREA to remove items because of safety concerns for pedestrian traffic.

21. Each cooking team will be required to have a fire extinguisher in full view at all times.

22. Cleanliness of all team members, cookers and the cooking area is mandatory. Proper hand washing and the use of disposable food safe gloves shall be used at all times when handling food products, raw or cooked. Gloves should be changed often, especially when working with different products and when handling ready to eat foods after handling raw foods.

23. Absolutely no tobacco products allowed during the preparation, handling, cooking or presentation of the contest entries.

24. Clothing, including, but not limited to: shirts and shoes must be worn in all food preparation areas, while handling any food.

25. All traffic lanes in contest area must be kept open.

26. Once a team’s entry fee is received, there are NO REFUNDS of any kind, in any amount, for any reason, in any time frame. Entries will be processed on a first paid basis.

27. No pets or small animals are allowed in cooking area.

28. No political advertisements/signs/etc. in cooking area.

29. We cannot think of every little detail, but we will try to make your contest experience as enjoyable and fair as it can be. Without your participation, we have no event. Maximize your enjoyment with the intent to return next and subsequent years!

30. Please contact Ebony Gunn 901.208.2692 Backyard BBQ in the City - Cooking Event Coordinators if you have further questions or are in need of assistance for the 2020 contest.

31. Backyard BBQ in the City - Cook-Off Committee personnel reserve the right to amend these rules and regulations as situations warrant. Intent to circumvent these rules or amendments will not be tolerated.

32. Lastly, and most importantly, HAVE A GREAT DAY and HAVE FUN!!!

DEADLIINE June 12, 2020

Waiver of Liability for BBQ in the City, OAK COURT MALL, including its officers, sponsors and or associates and the contestants, including parents, and or legal representatives, agree that the OAK COURT MALL will in no case be responsible for any loss, damage, or injury regardless of how much loss, damage, or injury is occasioned, and indemnify and save harmless the BBQ in the City, from any and all claims, suits, and or judgments including the cost for defense of and such claim and or suit brought by anyone as a result of any loss, damage, or injury to any person or property, occasioned by any action or inaction of contestant, either solely or in conjunction with the BBQ in the City. Further, I hereby grant full permission to the BBQ in the City, OAK COURT MALL, and or agents authorized by them, to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of the event for any legitimate purpose. I have read and agree to abide by the rules governing the BBQ in the City cook-off.

SIGNATURE:_______________________ Date:_______________

If you have questions or you need more information: Call Ebony Gunn (901) 208-2692 or Carmen King (901) 229-7518.


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