Gary Moran says barbecuing

Gary Moran says barbecuing

Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue

The Chilliwack Yard, Garden and Reno show cooks low and slow this weekend at the first southern-style barbecue competition.

The first southern-style barbecue competition is coming to the Yard, Garden and Reno show in Chilliwack this weekend.

We’re talking succulent beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and of course, ribs — all cooked real low and slow.

These people are serious about their ‘cue with $5,000 up for grabs in cash prizes.

It’s the Big Red Barn Burner BBQ competition presented by Well Seasoned at the March 23-25 Fraser Valley Yard, Garden and Renovation Show at Heritage Park.

This year’s theme zeroes in on the joys of outdoor cooking, and in particular, the ubiquitous and trustworthy barbecue.

More than 20 of the hottest teams from across the Pacific Northwest are coming up north to vie for top honours in the Big Red Barn Burner, as well as for cash and prizes in traditional BBQ categories adjudicated by certified judges with the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association.

Attendees will get to watch some of the region’s barbecue masters in action, gain some new techniques and taste test mouth-watering samples.

The event has lively speakers, vendors and prizes on offer, and it’s the 10th anniversary of the popular trade show.

Certified pit master Rob Reinhardt from Prairie Smoke & Spice and local queen of barbecue Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned of Langley, will be revealing some coveted barbecuing tips during a series of live demos. All cooking presentations are on the Save On Foods Main Stage, emceed by Chef Dez.

Local garlic grown in Chilliwack will be showcased in a Chef’s Choice competition.

Each team will have from Saturday morning until 3:30 p.m. to transform a bunch of fresh, raw garlic into something utterly delicious. The winner gets a $250 prize for this side-dish cookoff to the main BBQ one.

Boasting 60,000 square feet of trade show space, this year’s show will have the skinny on landscaping, fencing supplies, gardening, birding, outdoor furniture, greenhouses, outdoor lighting, patio design, sunscreens, and gardeners’ scrubs, tools, yard equipment, hot tubs, water features, outdoor sculptures, artisan crafts and so much more.

“Whether you’ve got acreage or a cozy patio, the Fraser Valley Yard, Garden and Renovation Show has everything you need to spruce up your outdoor space,” said Gary Moran, show producer, and owner of Fantasy Farms.

Presenters range from gardening guru Brian Minter to Fiona Jansen of Milner Farms in Langley.

“From the front curb to the back fence, we’ll be featuring the latest and greatest outdoor design ideas, supplies and services to create your dream outdoor oasis,” said Moran.

Some of the teams will report to their stations Friday to get BBQ pits and equipment set up, and the cooking will start Saturday. The secret sauce recipes and spice rubs will be flying all day in time for presentation on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.

Fraser Valley Yard, Garden and Renovation Show opens Friday March 23, 3 p.m. and runs to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday, March 25 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $10 for the whole weekend, or $7 for one day. Seniors $9 for the weekend or $6 for one day. Youth $3 (5-18 years) and children under 5 free, 604-792-3407 or visit

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