By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Aug 14, 2018 at 3:30 PM

The third annual Big Gig BBQ will take place from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Henry Maier Festival Park.

And there will be plenty of great barbecue to enjoy from vendors including Atlas BBQ, Doc’s Commerce Smokehouse, Double B’s BBQ, Famous Dave’s, Hue, Iron Grate BBQ Co., Maxie’s, Miss Beverly’s Deluxe BBQ, Nino’s Southern Sides, Pitch’s, Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ, Smoke Shack, The Saucy Swine, and The Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie.

But for those aspiring to perfect their own smoked meat game, there’s also an opportunity to participate in the first ever Amateur Rib Cooking Competition.

Think you’ve got the meat to compete?

The competition is open to local backyard enthusiasts who are looking to show off their unique skills.

The entry fee for the competition is $100. All entrants must bring their own grill or smoker (charcoal or wood-based only) and supplies. Meat will be provided by Kettle Range Meats.

Entries will be judged in a blind tasting on the basis of appearance, tenderness and flavor.

The first prize winner of the competition will receive a cash award. Ten subsequent prizes will also be offered for participants.

The deadline to enter is Aug. 24 (or earlier, if capacity is reached). For complete rules or to enter, visit

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.