Wednesday, August 10, 2011


The third annual  Smokin' in Mesquite BBQ Championships is set for Labor Day weekend at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, Nevada, with total purse of $40,000. 

Now in its third year, the Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), offers a bonus to the top finishers from the Best Dam BBQ held on Memorial Day weekend in Boulder City along with the Mesquite event. In addition, a $3,000 bonus is provided to the Nevada State Champion who has the best combined scores from both events.

To prepare for the contest, barbecue instructor Kelly Wertz  is bringing his class to the event on Friday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. It will cover every aspect of competitive BBQ cooking, from the selection of the utensils needed to the cooking procedures. Cost of the class is $150. 

Wertz’ 4 Legs Up BBQ team has won the Jack Daniels World Invitational BBQ Championship. In addition, the team has 24 Grand Championships; 12 Reserve Championships; 68 top ten finishes; and 46 first place finishes and it has competed in 12 states winning contests in every state.

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