for those wishing to compete:
The Party is on Saturday August 14th.
Let’s start with some frequently asked questions:
Can I bring my dog?
NO!! Dogs and 1000 lbs of meat - it doesn’t
work, we’ve tried it in the past – sorry.
Will there be electricity?
event will not provide electricity to teams and campers. General lighting will be available. However, you can bring it yourself
(generators, batteries, car inverter etc).
Can I USE electricity?
COF-a-Que Rules are very clear here – electricity
is not allowed for cooking, warming or preparing your FOOD – IE: your electric slicer cannot be used to carve your brisket.
If you want to use electricity for lighting, decoration or running a blender that is permitted.
Then what can I use?
Charcoal, wood, pellets, etc are allowed. Propane Gas is allowed
Is overnight camping available?
encourage you to come set up your tents, campers, etc and spend the weekend. It is much easier to stay and pack up Sunday
I’m dying to get my smoker set up and pop
a top. How soon can I come?
The Competitor gate opens at 12:00pm Friday July
31st. Please check in at the Information booth to get your assigned cook site.
Are there fabulous prizes available to me?
Well, define “fabulous”. There is a trophy awarded to the winner of each category.
I want to stuff my face! How do I get to be a judge?
A panel of judges led by The
Head Grenk will determine the winners in each category. If you wish to be on the judging panel please sign up on-line
at www.cofaque.com/judges. There are a limited number of spots, so if you are interested get your request in early! There will be a mandatory
judges meeting the day of the competition so you will have to be there early-ish. Like
Cooking must be done “THE
DAY OF” the cook-off at the official cook-off site. Grills can NOT be lit before 12:00am Saturday.
must be done ON a Grill. The COF-a-Que head judge will determine what constitutes a “Grill”.
We have deemed pretty much anything a grill in the past so be creative but safe. For
instance – a 55 gallon drum with a fish trap hanging over it, is a grill. An
electric smoker is NOT a grill. But, only because it’s electric.
Entrants must make arrangements for their own grill (i.e. bring your own, arrange to share one with another competitor,
etc., again creative but safe). COF-a-Que will not provide grills.
teams must also bring a table of some sort for serving food and a trash can. (Table may be a Card table, or Buffet table,
or Saw Horses and a board, use your imagination). If you have a fire extinguisher
and could bring it we’d appreciate it.
Chicken means CHICKEN not turkey, quail or canary. Those fall under the Random meat or Game category. Beef means
beef not buffalo etc.
You do not have to tell what food you are cooking until the day of the COF-a-Que.
Entry and Registration:
COF-a-Que rules define a Barbeque
Team as 1 captain, 3 team members, a grill, a table and a trash receptacle.
All Teams must be registered before judging
· You may submit only 1 entry
· There is an entry fee of $10.00
per team. This fee grants each team a 12’x12’ cook site on competitors row, and 4 all-access wrist bands. (Additional
team members will be asked to contribute the regular COF-A-Que entry fee)
Teams must also put up $5.00 for each category entered.
This fee will constitute the prize money for each category. If you win the category you take the pot. If you’re good you will get your money back plus!!!
will be a cook’s meeting the day of the event at noon. Please send your
captain or a team representative. Boxes
for judging will be handed out at the meeting.
entry per category. Please be advised that all food will be categorized by the
Head Grenk. We know that you think chili with grilled pork is an appetizer, but
we don’t eat chili as an appetizer or for the soup course. It’s pork. Chili is a meal. It goes in the pork
category. Rough definitions of the categories are below.
• Appetizers: Traditional
appetizers made on the grill. This tends to be the hardest category for defining
since (for instance) chicken satay is traditionally considered an app but is also definitey grilled chicken. Work the the Grenk here.
• Chicken: Chicken. Not poultry or winged mammal. Just chicken.
• Seafood: Fish, shrimp,
crab, crawfish. Anything you could obtain at Wegman’s seafood counter. Maybe Lotte’s, although some of that would probably fall into Random Meat.
• Grilled sides &
Other grilled (non-meat entries): Vegetarian or vegan grilled dishes, grilled veggies, grilled side dishes and any other grilled
• Non grilled Sides (does
not have to be cooked on site): Cornbread, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw. You
know, all the goodness that surrounds BBQ.
• Beef (except Brisket):
meat that comes from a cow. Except the brisket.
• Beef Brisket: The brisket
cut of a cow.
• Pork (except ribs):
meat that comes from a swine, except for the ribs.
• Pork Ribs: The ribs
of a pig. Cuts commonly known as spare or baby back. Please note that “country style ribs” are considered as part of the pork category and not the
• Game: Meat that comes
from an animal for which you may obtain a license to hunt in the continental US. That
does not mean you have to kill it, but think of it that way. Deer, birds (but
not chicken), elk, wild boar etc. would be included here. We know that you can
buy duck and rabbit at the Old People’s MacGruder’s but it goes here anyway.
Not saying we like it, but it’s gotta go somewhere.
• Random Meat: Meat typically
obtained in some way other than hunting it. This includes lamb, goat, buffalo
etc. Alligator also falls under random meat.
If you want to argue this, the Head Grenk is from Louisiana. He asks that
you bring your alligator hunting license if you wish to compete in the game category with alligator meat.
• Dessert (does not have
to be cooked on site): Dishes of the type one would typically enjoy after a savory meal.
Sweets. Cakes. Grilled fruit
with ice cream.
• Presentation/People’s Choice: 5 judges will choose best 3 teams – applause wins
Teams must have food entries ready by the designated time for each
category. Groups will be called,
not individual categories. Please know when your category is due to compete and
are as follow:
All entries are blind box. Each
category will be judged separately and awarded accordingly by a team of independent,
impartial, professional BBQ judges, Or whichever of our reprobate friends can
be asked to sign up before the day of the competition. To be honest it’s
usually judged by the latter but we at least try to pick people that know something about BBQ.
Presentation/People’s Choice will be judged by a random strolling judge team.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Announcement of Winners
Each team must provide at least one trash receptacle and is responsible for removal
of its own trash from event site.
Teams must make every effort to remove grill ashes from site – Please do not throw ashes on the ground. Ash
cans will be available
Party Time: Doors open at dawn on Saturday August 14th.
• A separate number known only to the Head
Judge will be subsequently assigned to teams and that number will be given to each Team Chief to use at submission/judging.
for entries to be brought to the judging area will be made at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm via the public address system.
Entrants must be registered any time before judging begins.
Each team must use their designated competition sites.
Tarps are encouraged, but not provided
If you would like to bring a side dish, even if you’re not competing (i.e.: salad or chips or a dessert) PLEASE
do. The more, the merrier!
and table space may be at a premium so bring your own chair if you want to make sure you have a place to sit.
See ya’ll there