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Rain washes out Raleigh barbecue competition

The whole-hog barbecue competition in Raleigh has been delayed because of heavy rain expected from Hurricane Joaquin.
The whole-hog barbecue competition in Raleigh has been delayed because of heavy rain expected from Hurricane Joaquin. Observer files

If your barbecue team was planning to cook a whole hog as part of the barbecue competition at Raleigh’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival this weekend, you need to put that plan on ice. The N.C. Pork Council announced Thursday morning that the whole-hog competition would be postponed because of heavy rain expected this weekend.

The Barbecue Experience dinners Friday and Saturday night will still take place in a new location, inside the Raleigh Convention Center in Ballroom B, but the cooking competition is canceled.

“We are disappointed for our cooks, our charitable partner the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and our attendees,” said Ann Edmondson, director of communications and marketing, NCPC. “The perfect storm of rain, cold and possible wind creates an unsafe and unviable situation for cooking pigs to perfection — which is required in a certified competition like ours.”

Friday night’s dinner will feature Matthew Register of Southern Smoke BBQ of NC and Saturday night’s dinner will feature Linwood Parker of White Swan BBQ. Dinner experience tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http://www.ncpork.org/events/nc-barbecue-experience/ or at the door.

The pork council will reschedule the planned barbecue championship sometime in the next few months. Check the council’s website, www.ncpork.org, for details.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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