This weekend the third annual Middletown Delaware State BBQ Cook-off will be held at Frightland on Port Penn Rd with the professional competition and an amateur one that anyone can participate in.


Cookers, start your grills.

This weekend the third annual Middletown Delaware State BBQ Cook-off will be held at Frightland on Port Penn Rd with the professional competition and an amateur one that anyone can participate in.

The cook-off, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, already has 55 teams coming from around the county to compete for a chance to advance to the Jack Daniels Tournament.

Each year, the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce’s event has grown. For the past two years it was held at the Dutch County Farmers Market on Broad Street. But in its third year, the turnout is anticipated to be even greater so the venue has moved to Frightland.

MACC director Roxane Ferguson says that even more attraction have been added to the three-day event this year to make it an even bigger bash.

Here are five reasons to attend this year’s cook-off:

The food – while the judges only sample the competitors’ BBQ dishes, there will be plenty of food. Vendors will be selling BBQ – chicken, pork, brisket and ribs. And for those who want something else, carnival style food will also be available. Food prepared during the amateur cook-off may be available for public sampling too – just depends how much there is.  So whether you’re a carnivore or herbivore, there will be plenty to go around.
  The music – to make this year an even bigger bash, there will be live music all weekend. Local bands, DJs and national acts will entertain all three days. On Friday, DJ Budd Rock, It is What it is, Thomas Rhett and Den’s Edge will take the stage. On Saturday; DJ Budd Rock will return, followed by Hung Jury Band and then national recording artist Ashley Forrest, Stones Throw Church Band and Me Equals You. DJ Budd Rock will return Sunday and there will be a performance by The Philly George Project.
  The competition – grillers from across the county will be there this weekend to showcase their skills. Local cooks can also have their chance to shine. On Sunday there will be an amateur BBQ competition, which costs $30 to enter. The winner will get a $100 cash prize and a free entry into a professional BBQ competition.
  The cause – it costs a few bucks to enter the grounds, but a portion of the proceeds will go towards local scholarships provided to students through the MACC.

5. The community – it’s something that the whole family can enjoy and it is being held in Middletown. Ferguson said that they are very proud to hold a state championship here in town.