'Praise the Lard' BBQ Cook-off underway in Murphsyboro - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

'Praise the Lard' BBQ Cook-off underway in Murphsyboro

(Source: KFVS12 Matt Fluegge) (Source: KFVS12 Matt Fluegge)
(Source: KFVS12 Matt Fluegge) (Source: KFVS12 Matt Fluegge)
(Source: KFVS12 Matt Fluegge) (Source: KFVS12 Matt Fluegge)
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

The 28th annual Praise the Lard 2015 Murphysboro Barbecue Competition is underway for the first time since the city was named as The Barbecue Capitol of Illinois. 

Competitors will surround the 17th Street BBQ restaurant, and line 17th street itself from Pine St. to Walnut St.

Barbecue competitions take center stage on Friday and Saturday with events sanctioned by both the Kansas City Barbecue Society and Memphis Barbecue Network. The top team will win $25,000. The event is also a qualifier for The World Food Championships.

Even kids are getting involved in the with the Kids 'Que competition at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. This year youngsters are given charcoal grills to cook up boneless chicken breasts with their barbecue skills. Adults are on hand to make sure they're safe.

Your best bet to get your fill of barbecue is during the Grand Champion Buffet, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Warehouse. Tickets are $23, and there will be live music afterwards to continue the party.

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