LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Amateur and professional barbecue enthusiasts are welcome to compete in the 2014 Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival March 28-29 at the Optimist Club in London.
The festival, organized by the Inferno Group, has joined with Jackson Propane Plus of London as a sponsor for a “backyard division” for amateur barbecue enthusiasts.
Contest organizers challenge those who think their recipe is some of the best around to enter the backyard division and find out. More than $1,500 in total prize money will be handed to the winners in each category.
“Since a lot of people don’t want to go up against the pros, we’ve had a lot of interest in doing a backyard division. Wayne Reed with Jackson Propane stepped up and sponsored this event. We’d like to thank him and Jackson Propane for all their support,” said Travis Moody, president of the Inferno Group.
The professional competition division is now one of the seven contests in the Jim Beam BBQ Classic Showdown. For a pro team to qualify, they must compete in at least three of the seven events. The Jim Beam BBQ Classic will take place in Springfield, Ky. October 3-4.
According to Co-Executive Director Rodney Hendrickson of the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission, in addition to the barbecue festival, there will be a 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Anesthesia Associates of Appalachia. The 5K will take place in downtown London, Saturday, March 29, starting at 10 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The two-day festival will also feature activities from Big Adventure Inflatables which will be set up with for children. There will also be a cornhole tournament. Events and contest will continue being added as the festival date draws nearer.
Currently the Inferno Group is seeking additional sponsorships for this event. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor for Grills Gone Wild, contact Eric Johnson at or visit the Grills Gone Wild BBQ Festival website www.GGWBBQ.com.