An outdoor cooking contest designed to promote Iowa meat is being planned by the Grundy County Farm Bureau and the Grundy County Fair. Farm Bureau’s cookout contest is open to any Iowa resident age 13 years or older. Farm Bureau or affiliated company employees are not eligible.
Contestants can compete in one of the following six categories: beef, pork, lamb, poultry, turkey or combo/specialty. Combo is a recipe combining two or more meats from the eligible meat categories. Specialty includes IOWA domestically raised meats including venison, goat and fish etc. excluding wild game.
A Cookout Champion will be named and awards will be given to winners in each cooking category. Special recognition will also go to winners of the showmanship, youth and team cooking categories.
The county contest will be held on Saturday July 20 at 1:00p.m. on the Grundy County Fairgrounds. Contestants can begin cooking at any time, but all food must be cooked on the fairgrounds to qualify. Judging will be held at 1pm and winners announced with the help of Grundy Center’s own celebrity judge and BJ Hoffman, BBQ Pitmaster & America’s Top Chop Griller.
The Cookout Champion, along with all first place category winners and winners of the showmanship, youth and team awards will have the chance to compete in the state finals at the Iowa State Fair.
Anyone interested in entering the Grundy County Farm Bureau cookout contest should contact the county office at 319-824-5212.