Inaugural Queen Creek Barbeque Festival
This morning we wandered out to the Inaugural Queen Creek Barbeque Festival at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre. The event featured over 40 local BBQ Teams providing samples of their cuisine, followed by a BBQ tasting contest. One of my goals is to contribute to the community and participate in local events, so this was a fine opportunity for us to get out of the house.
Bark-N-Chickens BBQ Team Booth
Bark-N-Chickens BBQ Team Pulled Pork Sample
Unfortunately we showed up a little bit too early. The event was held from 10am to 6pm and we arrived about 10:15am. We were about the 5th family to the parking lot, and the first ones to leave. Most of the pit masters were not ready to give samples yet, but a few of them were on the ball so we stopped to grub up before we left. We would have gone later but had to be home for a service call on our A/C so it was early or never.
AZ Barbeque Club Booth
AZ Barbeque Club Brisket Sample
The first place we stopped was the Bark-N-Chickens BBQ Team booth from Phoenix, Arizona. We grabbed a sample of their pulled pork with their own BBQ sauce and split it between us. It was a pretty good pulled pork sample and the BBQ sauce was sweet enough for me to eat. Andrew seemed to like it, too.
The second place that was ready for customers was the AZ Barbeque Club booth. We stopped by and they had a nice selection of meats and two sauces to choose from. We chose the brisket over the pulled pork and ribs, and were very happy with the juicy sample they served up. Andrew tried both their standard and Honey sauces and both were very good.
As a perk, we got to see the brand new Horseshoe Park which is pretty nice. The Equestrian Centre seems like a very nice place to view events from their fully shaded bleachers. We are glad to have been a part of the Inaugural year of this festival, and look forward to going back next year. We’ll just have to go a little later, when more booths are ready to serve guests some samples.
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