Something is in the air in Tucson these days. It’s the lusty, sweet aroma of wood smoke coming from a wild assortment of BBQ joints all over town.
Tucson had had its fair share of ‘que restaurants over the years but in recent months BBQ restaurants have been opening at a fast clip. It seems like there’s new ‘que every week.
Some places are big and bustling with whiskey and beer and wine. Others are standalone food trucks. Catering companies are also making their mark.
The idea of a competition is a logical next step and in that regard there’s the upcoming ‘Cue for a Cause; Smokin’ Showdown on Saturday June 4th at Hotel Congress. This is the second year of the event and proceeds raised will go to the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona.
This year’s protein is pulled pork.
The nine competitors include:
AZ BBQ Club
For a mere $35 ($40 the day of the event) attendees will get:
*A 2oz serving from each contestant
*Two sides prepared by The Cup Cafe
*One 16oz beer from Catalina Brewing
*Live music by The Jons
*The opportunity to judge the entrants! (It’s not as easy as you think.)
This should be a good one.