Where There's Smoke There's BBQ

(Gillette Wy)

Smokin On The Prairie, Gillette's annual August charity barbecue competition, held by the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4905 Hitt Blvd.(Directly behind Rocky Mountain Discount Sports) Being held today, August 13th. The competition and ticket sales benefit local charities, including "Women's Resource Center", "YES House", "Council of Community Services" and "Pilots For Christ".

The cookoff got under way about 2am, and competitors will be guarding their grills and smokers until time for judging. This year's event features 15 competitors, smoking their way to the best barbecue in six categories. The categories are, Overall, Chicken, Pork Shoulder, Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket and People's Choice. Can I get a YUM YUM?

We asked several grillmasters what their secrets were but the most you get is "It's a secret!" It's a friendly competition but a serious one, with most being family teams. I'm sure there's more than one grandpa's recipe being used!

Gates open at 3pm, with the people's choice awards at 5pm. Tickets are $20 each. So bring your appetite and help support local charities. If you go home hungry after this event, you probably didn't try hard enough. For more information, follow your nose, or visit