BBQ Battle grills up a storm in D.C.

BBQ Battle grills up a storm in D.C. (WJLA)

The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle kicks off tomorrow in downtown D.C. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets will smell like BBQ heaven, no matter the wet weather.

Celebrity pitmaster Myron Mixon said, “That's part of BBQing. You cook in good weather, you cook in bad weather.”

The four-time BBQ world champion Myron Mixon recently opened a restaurant in Alexandria. He said the BBQ Battle attracts some of the top-ranked pitmasters in the nation.

“Yeah it's very competitive. You've got a lot of people that want to beat me,” Mixon said.

The event raises funds for the USO, providing support to service members, veterans and their families.

USO-Metro President and CEO Elaine Rogers said, “This is like the coolest event we do all year long.”

The event also benefits the Capital Area Food Bank.

“The food that is not used and is not cooked will be provided to the food bank so we can get it out to those who need it,” said Capital Area Food Bank President & CEO Radha Muthiah.

Last year, the food bank received two tractor-trailer loads full of meat and other foods.

In addition to supporting a good cause and watching the competition, BBQ lovers can also watch cooking demonstrations and learn grilling tips and tricks.

“Always cook by meat thermometer. Always,” Mixon replied, when asked for his top BBQ tip. “That seems very simple but every piece of protein or meat you cook has an internal doneness by temperature or degrees. Get you a good meat thermometer and cook that piece of meat to the proper doneness.”

BBQ Battle activities also include eating competitions, beer and wine tastings and live music. Attendees will want to come with an empty stomach and maybe an umbrella with rain in the forecast.

“Let's hope this weekend the rain passes over D.C.,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food, which sponsors the event.

The BBQ Battle grills on, rain or shine, Saturday and Sunday.

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