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BBQ on the Bypass Sunday
There’s only one thing better than the smell of a good barbecue — it’s getting to eat barbecue.
You can do just that, for free, all day, at the eighth annual BBQ on the Bypass on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
But founder and B.C. BBQ queen Angie Quaale offers this one important piece of advice.
“Pace yourself,” she said. “There is quite a lot of food. Many people get excited and fill up too fast. By the time the ribs are ready, they are full and I think ‘you are crazy to miss out on ribs’.”
Barbecue teams will be slow cooking to perfection beef brisket, ribs, chicken, pork butt and a mystery meat in the Black Box — Iron Chef category.
More than 5,000 hungry people are expected to take in the flavours of southern style barbecue as 20 barbecue pitmasters and their teams from around the Pacific Northwest set up camp in Langley to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, trophies and a chance to compete at the Jack Daniels’ World BBQ Championships in Tennessee.
Each type of meat, slowly cooked, usually overnight, is offered in samples to the public and to the certified expert judges for judging.
C-Lovers will be back with their food truck offering up fish and chips with proceeds going to the Langley Community Farmers Market.
The BBQ on the Bypass is also the site of the Great BC Bake Off, an annual amateur pie baking and butter tart making competition, open to the public. In years past, it is a member of the public who has won this, said Quaale.
Langley cover band OS5 will perform and there will be activities going on all day.
“It’s crazy fun here,” said Quaale.
Founded in 2005 by award winning pitmaster Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned Gourmet Store and cooking classes, the BBQ on the Bypass has become one of the premier events in Langley.
Quaale was introduced to competitive barbequing in 2004 when she met BBQ evangelist and Canadian BBQ Champion Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk.
She figured the best way to join the quest for the ultimate BBQ was to host a competition. In 2005 she invited teams to Langley, from all over the Pacific Northwest and, as a result, the BBQ on the Bypass was born.
“We have some new teams joining this year who were caught by the barbecue bug by tasting at the BBQ on the Bypass,” she said.
Southern style barbecuing competitions have taken Quaale all over North America to compete. She has been in Washington, Montana, Tennessee and Saskatchewan.
“It’s taken over my life,” said Quaale, who is the former Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president.
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 20771 Langley Bypass
Parking: Best parking at Kwantlen Polytechnic University but most of the surrounding businesses are closed on weekends, so their spots are free to park. Don’t park on the Bypass. It’s too dangerous.