Smoking in the rain
The De Soto Chamber of Commerce’s Cookin’ on the Kaw BBQ Contest proved success despite wet weather
The weekend barbecue experience started off well for Larry Johnson, De Soto, and his Slaughterhouse 5 teammates Friday evening. But then the rains came.
"This was the hardest contest we've had," he said of the team that includes De Soto residents and Oklahoma Joe's barbecue owners Jeff and Stehney. "It was tough today to prepare. We don't cook much anymore so we're not ready for this."
The rain Friday night was difficult for all teams at the De Soto Chamber of Commerce's Cookin' on the Kaw BBQ Contest Friday and Saturday at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm. It also hurt attendance on the second day after more than 700 came to the event Friday evening to interact with the 40 cooking teams and enjoy a chili contest.
Despite the rain, the contest was a success for the chamber. De Soto Chamber of Commerce executive director Sara Ritter estimated the chamber would earn about $1,500 from the event when all bills were paid.
And, because of the support of sponsors Intervet Inc., the De Soto Sesquicentennial Committee and FCB, Great American and Team banks, the chamber was able to nearly double prize money to winners with $4,500, Ritter said.
The grand champion won $1,000, and the reserve champion $750, Ritter said.