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Ribs done just right, a feature of most barbecue competitions in the USA
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    Caroline du Sud
    État de New York
    Washington, D.C.

Aux États-Unis, le barbecue signifie bien plus que la simple cuisson lente de viandes à faible température : c’est un événement à part entière, une activité qui entretient le lien social.

En partant à la conquête de l’Ouest, les premiers colons de l’Est ont répandu la tradition sociale du barbecue à travers tout le pays. Chaque région a développé son propre style de barbecue et les rivalités ont évolué. Le premier concours de cuisine officiel, Kaiser Foil Cook-Off, a eu lieu à Hawaï en 1959, seulement quelques mois après l’entrée de l’État dans l’Union. Le gagnant du premier prix a été sacré « Grand National Cookout Champion » et a remporté la somme de 10 000 dollars. Aujourd’hui, des centaines d’événements autour du barbecue sont organisés chaque année à travers les États-Unis, notamment des concours de cuisine, des festivals et des visites. Pour apprécier toute la palette de saveurs de ces événements et festins autour du barbecue, voici une sélection de sept rendez-vous à ne pas manquer.

Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Where? Lynchburg, Tennessee

When? October

Why go? Nearly 100 championship barbecue teams compete in the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, where competitors smoke about 1,770 kilograms of meat in less than 24 hours. Around 25,000 spectators also attend the event each year to watch the competition for grand champion in seven categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder/butts, beef brisket, dessert, cook's choice and Jack Daniel's sauce.

Purchase some of your own barbecue after the competition while listening to live music. Other activities include cooking and grilling demonstrations, the Country Dog Contest, (pork) butt bowling and a petting zoo. Additionally, distillery tours will be offered.

Lowcountry Hoedown

Where? Charleston, South Carolina

When? November

Why go? The annual Lowcountry Hoedown features samples from dozens of restaurants, distilleries and craft breweries, as well as live entertainment. In between tasting samples from Sticky Fingers Ribhouse and other local favorite restaurants, enter the cowboy hat toss and ride the mechanical bull.

Texas Monthly's BBQ Fest

Where? Austin, Texas

When? November

Why go? The top 50 barbecue joints across Texas like Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company and the Granary ’Cue and Brew are invited to cook at TMBBQ Fest in the state’s capital city of Austin. Each barbecue joint will serve up samples of its most famous meats, whether it’s spicy sausage, ribs or brisket. Additionally, festivalgoers can enjoy live music, beer and barbecue in larger portions.

Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival

Where? Ten cities across six different states, including New York City, New York; Tampa, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia.

When? From January to September. For all tour dates and cities, visit the Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival’s website.

Why go? A ticket to this annual event will get you a souvenir glass with unlimited samples of beer and bourbon. You can also take Tasting Theater classes from pit masters, brewmasters or master distillers. Also, don’t miss the “Shrine of Swine,” where samples of pulled pork from a whole hog will be served. Additionally, barbecue favorites – including pulled pork, brisket and ribs – will be available for purchase.

Pitmaster fumant des viandes lors d'un concours de barbecue

Pitmaster fumant des viandes lors d'un concours de barbecue
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International Bar-B-Q Festival

Where? Owensboro, Kentucky

When? May

Why go? The annual International Bar-B-Q Festival has taken place on the second weekend in May since 1979. Festivalgoers can sample a wide variety of barbecued meats while cooking teams compete in a barbecue battle for the Governor’s Cup. Other activities include arts and crafts, a pie-eating contest, keg toss and cooking burgoo, a meat stew that is traditionally cooked outdoors.

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Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Where? Washington, D.C.

When? June

Why go? Top barbecue restaurateurs from the Washington, D.C., area and around the country compete. Festivalgoers can meet celebrity chefs and enjoy barbecue samples, music, interactive activities and cooking demonstrations at the annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle.

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival

Where? Henderson, Kentucky

When? June

Why go? The annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival is one of the largest free music festivals in the USA. The festival showcases some of the best blues musicians across the country, and local barbecue teams cook and sell scrumptious barbecue of mutton, pork, chicken and ribs on opening day’s “Taste of Henderson Barbecue.” The festival is named after William Christopher Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” who said it was in Henderson that he met his wife and discovered his calling for blues and spiritual music.

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