Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oak Cliff to Serve Up "Ethical Meat" At Barbecue Competition...

By Hanna Raskin, Tue., Aug. 10 2010 @ 4:36PM
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Categories: Announcements of the Food Kind

An upcoming barbecue contest in Oak Cliff may be among the first nationwide to demand its entrants use sustainable, grass-fed meat.

Teams participating in the September 11-12 competition will receive beef brisket, pork ribs, whole chicken or homemade sausage suitable for smoking from Urban Acres, a co-op that partners with local farmers to provide members with organic produce, milk and meat.

The executive director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which annually sanctions more than 300 prestigious cook-offs, says she's never heard of a competition devoted to so-called "ethical meat."

"It's an interesting twist," Carolyn Wells says.

Wells wasn't sure whether pit masters would have to adjust their techniques to accommodate the grass-fed meat, which is typically leaner than meat from animals raised on grain.

"I'm sure the grass-fed people will tell you it tastes better," she ventured.

KCBS allows its competitors to use any kind of meat they like, so long as they store it properly. But Wells says serious pit masters keep tabs on meat trends, which perhaps accounts for the recent surge in Kobe and Waygu briskets at barbecue contests.

"They'll do anything they think will give them an edge," Wells says.

Wells says she wouldn't be surprised if competitors soon add artisanal, grass-fed meats to their arsenal of one-upmanship tricks.

"I think it's a distinct possibility," she says.

The team registration fee for "Blues, Bandits and BBQ" is $100 for the first category, and $25 for each additional category: Entry forms are at gooakcliff.org. Registration closes Monday.


Oak Cliff to Host First Sustainable BBQ Competition in Country
Posted on August 12th, 2010 1:44pm by Nancy Nichols
Filed under BBQ, Celebrity Chefs, Contests, Events, Local/Slow Food

That’s the claim made by Go Oak Cliff rep, Rob Shearer. Hear him roar:

“I wanted to drop you a note to fill you in on an event that we’re putting together here in Oak Cliff. Go Oak Cliff will host Blues, Bandits and BBQ on Sept 11 and 12, and the event will feature a BBQ cook-off where the competitors use only sustainably produced beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and homemade sausage.”

If you would like to enter, check out this page. Methinks Oak Cliff is the new Austin. Go Oak Cliff. (Must be bats there, right?) Wish I still lived there.

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