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BBQ champs a big hit

The First Annual Smokehouse Summit drew thousands of people to downtown North Plains. by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: MICHELLE THOMAS - North Plains Commercial Street was packed with people last weekend in search of award-winning barbecue last Saturday, though attendees reported food booths had mostly sold out of samples by 6 p.m.

Organizer Jason Specht estimated more than 10,000 hungry people showed up in search of the region’s best barbecue.

“It was jammed-packed both days,” he said. “We were really pleased with the turnout.”

Saturday’s BBQ supply sold out by the evening, so vendors rushed to make backup batches.

The first annual event ran smoothly, said Specht, who is already thinking about next year.

The eight breweries, musicians, fire dancers and car show entrants also received a positive response.

The grand champion winner was Movin’ the Chains BBQ located in Beaverton. Wine Country Q of Duvall took the grand champion reserve prize, and Sugar’s Barbecue & Catering of Portland took reserve. The winners were selected based on cumulative scores in four categories: pork, pork ribs, chicken and beef brisket.

“We were pleasantly surprised with the community support,” said North Plains City Manager Martha DeBry. “Adding more regional events makes our downtown businesses more visible, which helps with economic development.”

—Stephanie Haugen




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