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BBQ heaven at the fair

BBQ contest returns to Henry County Fair

MT. PLEASANT — Sweet, spicy and gristle. Prepare for some good eats on Sunday, July 18, with the Henry County Fair BBQ Contest coming back this year.

This Kansas City style barbecue contest is held by the Southeast Iowa BBQ Tour Stop. The meat categories include chicken, ribs, pork shoulder and beef brisket.

The cooks meeting is at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and the judging begins at noon.

Entries will be judged on appearance, taste and tenderness. Turn in boxes will be provided for contestants. Judging will be double blind, and meat will be inspected upon arrival.

Kelly Ray, of Fort Madison, gathers ingredients for the barbecue competition in 2018. (File photo)
Levi Morris grills up chicken after the barbecue contest in 2018. (File photo)