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Barbecue with Smokin’ in the Oaks

Smokin’ in the Oaks is firing up the grills for a weekend of barbecue competition.

Now in its third year, Smokin’ in the Oaks Championship BBQ Cookoff, produced by Pit Master Scott Gomes and the Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association, draws top barbecue teams for the State of California sanctioned, Kansas City Barbeque Society sponsored event.

On Saturday, the cookoff features chicken, ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, prepared by chefs competing for over $5,000 in awards and the title of “Grand Champion.”

Winners have a chance to compete in the American Royal Championship in Kansas City and the Jack Daniels World Championship in Lynchburg, Tenn.

Saturday also features Kidz-Que, a competition for 6- to 10-years-olds and 11- to 15-years-olds. Kids grill chicken and steak on EZGrills for cash prizes and the “Kidz-Que Champion” title.

Smokin in the Oaks also dishes up western style fun – cowboy and cowgirl sharpshooters kick up dust both days, with expert riding and shooting. Quick-draw cowpokes shoot it out for the title “Fastest Draw in the West.”

Sunday’s Backyard BBQ Cookoff features tri-tip, chicken wings, and the SPD Market Steak Grill-off. Nevada County’s best backyard chefs compete for cash, prizes, and the title of “Backyard BBQ Champion.”

On the Budweiser stage, Sunday’s Pro vs. Joe throw-down pits a member of the audience against a top BBQ Pit Master. Seasonings, meat and EZGrills are provided.

After the awards are handed out and the tasting’s done, there’ll be more barbecue at the Cook House and refreshments in the Beer Garden.

Taster tickets will be available for purchase.

Smokin’ in the Oaks is sponsored in part by Budweiser, KCBS, EZGrill, SPD and The Union.