Barbecue plays big part of festival

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 01:20 PM.

The N.C. Blueberry Festival, now into its second decade in Burgaw, is beginning to make memories.

Its barbecue cook-off has been doing that since Day One.

More than 30,000 folks are once again expected to visit the 11th annual N.C. Blueberry Festival on Saturday in downtown Burgaw.

But the cooks and the cookers will be firing things up Friday night in the Family Dollar parking lot.

By the time the festival closes Saturday evening, hundreds of pounds of barbecue will be sold and eaten נby the pound, for $6, but mostly as a sandwich, with or without slaw, and including a soft drink, for $5.

“I prefer vinegar-based barbecue,” says chair Kim Blackburn, who grew up in Burgaw and knows her stuff. “But all of it will be prepared plain so everyone can choose their own sauces, and there will be about five or six of those to pick from.”

Burgaw barbecue lovers can get an early start Friday morning when the Pender Athletic Club starts barbecue sales at 11 a.m. Or follow the smell from the pigs being cooked by 16 different barbecue gurus over charcoal, wood or gas beginning Friday night and lasting through Saturday morning, as outlined by Blackburn:

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