Participants are gearing up for the 18th annual Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest during World Pork Expo, which runs June 9-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.  This annual contest highlights barbeque techniques from across America, as well as niche marketing ideas and opportunities.

For the Pork BarbeQlossal contest, teams will highlight grilling and barbeque techniques in at least one of four cooking categories: Whole hog, shoulder, loin, and ribs.  In order to earn grand champion honors and a share of $20,000 in cash and prizes, contestants must cook a shoulder, loin, ribs and an entire hog with a dressed weight of 45 pounds or more cooked while in one piece or in two halves.  

The Kansas City Barbeque Society, the largest barbeque society, sanctions the 2005 Great Pork BarbeQlossal. Rules and regulations for the Great Pork BarbeQlossal are those of KCBS, which will handle culinary scoring.

The pork checkoff and co-sponsor Kingfisher Kookers, will offer prizes to the nation’s best barbequers during World Pork Expo. Prizes include overall grand champion and reserve grand champion, as well as first through tenth prize in each category. 

The grand champion wins $3,000 and a smoker donated by Kingfisher Kookers. Reserve grand champion wins $1,500. In each category, first prize earns $1,000, second $800, third $600, fourth $500, fifth $350 and sixth through tenth $125. Also, the top culinary score from Michigan will be honored. Approximately 100 judges, table captains and 80 pig police will be on hand for this exciting day.

National Pork Board