Barbecue Contest Challenges Pellet Smokers and Gas Cookers

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Professional barbecue competition cooks to gather in Iowa in June for the battle of the wood-fired pellet smokers and gas cookers at the LPQue 2 BBQ Championship.

Guaranteed $10,500 prize money, says event organizer.

Gold Medal BBQ has announced its Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)-sanctioned barbecue cooking contest, the LPQue 2 BBQ Championship, happening in Knoxville, IA, June 4-5th, 2010.

Teams cooking on pellet-fired smokers will clash head-on with teams using gas cookers as they vie to see who can turn out the ‘que that gets them to the winners’ circle.

Fast Eddy’s manufacturer Cookshack has partnered with the event sponsor to award the Grand Champion a Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Model FEC100*, valued at $3,795. One of the most popular smokers on the barbecue competition circuit, four of the five top-ranked teams in 2009 cooked on Fast Eddy’s smokers (KCBS points ranking).

The LPQue contest series began in Mt. Pleasant, IA in 2007 and allowed only gas cookers. The popularity of pellet-fired smokers on the circuit led to the contest’s current positioning. The contest logo depicts a Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Model FEC100 challenging a gas cooker.

The event organizer reports, “Guaranteed $10,500 in prize money, $5,000 of which goes to the Grand Champion.”
Gold Medal BBQ, based in Des Moines, Iowa, sells residential barbecue cooking equipment and products. The retail showroom, located at 4338 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, Iowa,  displays products from Cookshack (pellet cooking equipment)  and Ole Hickory (gas cooking equipment).
More information regarding this contest can be found at

*Prize restricted to Grand Champion team which cooked the winning barbecue on a Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack smoker, any model.

Cookshack manufactures smoker ovens for commercial, home, and competition use under the brand names of Cookshack and Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack. The company has been in business since 1962. Made in the USA of as many American-made materials as we can get our hands on. Cookshack is located at 2304 N. Ash St. in Ponca City, OK 74601; telephone 1-800-423-0698.


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