World Pork Expo Debuts People's Choice BBQ Contest

You can be a judge in a new barbecue contest at World Pork Expo June 9-11 in Des Moines.

Published on: May 20, 2010

The 2010 World Pork Expo will offer a new barbecue contest and everyone is invited to be the judge.

The People’s Choice BBQ Contest, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, features three of Iowa’s top competing Pit Masters. The World Pork Expo is a three-day event - June 9, 10 and 11 - at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The barbeque contest is a two-day event that will occur on Wednesday and Thursday - June 9 and 10 - near the Pfizer tent. The Pfizer tent is located on lot #60, north of the Varied Industries Building on the fairgrounds.

“World Pork Expo is about reconnecting with people, learning about new technologies and practices related to pork production, and having fun,” says Gary Robertson, marketing manager for Pfizer Animal Health. “We are pleased to sponsor this new event, which promises to enhance the Expo experience.”

Sample the ribs and sausage, cast your vote

Baby back ribs will be the featured meat on Wednesday followed by pork sausage served on Thursday. “Three of Iowa’s award-winning Pit Masters will compete each day,” Robertson says. “We encourage everyone to come out and sample the pork, talk with the Pit Masters and cast your vote.”

The sampling and voting will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at 3 p.m. daily in the Pfizer tent area.

Iowa Pit Masters competing are:

  • Big T’s Q Crew of Ames, the 2009 BarbeQlossal Champion and Iowa BBQ Society Team of the Year
  • Iowa Outlaws BBQ of Des Moines, the 2009 Nebraska State BBQ Champion
  • Ponderosa BBQ of Des Moines, the 2009 Iowa BBQ Society Top Five Team of the Year

Pfizer Animal Health is a gold level sponsor of World Pork Expo. The company provides leading swine biological and anti-infectives. In addition, Pfizer supports the pork industry with programs such as Individual Pig Care, which focuses on doing the right thing for the pig, pork production and the pork industry. Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. For more information about how Pfizer works to ensure a safe, sustainable food supply from healthy livestock, visit PfizerAH.com.