Bands & BBQ at the Point

Indiana team has a hot grill as it goes into Carrollton contest

Grey St. BBQ is coming off a win at Madison Ribberfest

CARROLLTON, Ky. (September 2017)  – Barbecue cooking contests may be one of the hottest, fastest growing sports in the nation. There’s even a barbecue circuit with more than 500 cookoffs. Barbecue now has its own shows on Food Network. And don’t forget the Pit Boys on YouTube.

Bands & BBQ at the Point

• KCBS pro cooking contest, live bands, food vendors
• Sept. 15-16 at Carrollton, Ky.’s Point Park on the Ohio River
• Information: (502) 732-7036 or visit www.Carrolltontourism.com

You can see the pit action at the Bands and BBQ at the Point festival, set for Sept. 15-16 in Carrollton, Ky. It is an affordable family friendly event that began in 2011. It will take place at the Point Park along Carrollton’s riverbank.
Prior to Bands and BBQ, there was a similar event called Blues to the Point. Best of all admission is free. This event offers something for all ages, beginning Friday, Sept. 15, through midnight Saturday Sept. 16. You can enjoy the sounds of Young Country, Kirby’s Dreamland, Nobody’s Bizzness and many more bands.
This event offers more than music. Kids can enjoy the inflatables. Plus there will be two different Rolling Thunder air shows by Madison aerobatic pilot Cliff Robinson. Then there will be fireworks at dusk on Saturday.
“People love the venue. Point Park is located at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers and walking distance from Two Rivers Campground,” said Misty Wheeler, executive director of Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism. “It’s for people who also appreciate the live bands, air shows and fireworks – all at no charge. It’s a very affordable event for the entire family.”
There will be barbecue vendors and the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition. KCBS is one of the largest and most recognized barbecue organizations worldwide. Professional teams travel from across the United States to compete with $9,000 in prize money. Many of the same teams return year after year.

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The Grey St. BBQ team consists of (from left) cousins Nathan Dexter and Ryan Horace. Dexter lives in Avon, Ind., while Horace resides in Fort Wayne, Ind. The team is on a roll after having won twice already this year.

Last year’s Grand Champion was the Grey St. BBQ from Avon, Ind. They had a great cook with a perfect score in ribs for first place. The team is comprised of cooking cousins, Nathan Dexter of Avon and Ryan Horace of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Both cousins share a passion for cooking and have been successful competitors. The team just won the Madison Ribberfest’s KCBS competition on Aug. 19. This passion and success led them to develop their own line of rubs and glazes to offer fans. They are the same recipes used in competition. Their sauces and rubs – Triple 9 Swine, Triple 9 Swine glazes for pork and Triple 9 Bovine for beef – are named for the perfect score in a KCBS competition – 999.
Barbecue is judged in three categories; taste, appearance, and tenderness. Nine is a perfect score in each category. The team plans to return to Carrollton to compete this year. This will be their third year to compete there.
Dexter said he is looking forward to returning. “It is a nice event tied to a nice festival that is team friendly.”
At press time, 22 teams had entered the KCBS competition. Thirty-five teams are expected to be in the pits. “We love seeing the same BBQ teams year after year,” Wheeler said. “They are a fun bunch to be around and make the entire weekend a blast. We’re always excited to meet new teams, too, and look forward to welcoming the Backyard folks this year.” 
A new event this year is the Backyard Barbecue Amateur Competition. So if you have a favorite family recipe or perhaps a secret sauce, fire up the cookers and fan those competitive flames. It’s time to go apron to apron.
“We’re excited to see how this first year of the Backyard goes,” Wheeler said. “We know there are a lot of good cooks around and can’t wait to see how they do.”
Bring a chair and stop by for some delicious, affordable barbecue and sit back and relax on the waterfront while listening to the bands and take in Cliff Robinson’s Rolling Thunder Air Show and fireworks.

“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to provide such an affordable and entertaining event for Carrollton and all our neighbors,” Wheeler said. “We hope our teams and guests enjoy Bands & BBQ as much as we enjoy preparing for it. It should be a good time for everyone.”

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