There’s not a lot of high quality barbecue in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The rugged cooks in those parts mainly concentrate on putting out big plates of what I like to call mountain soul. A typical feast would feature a groaning board stacked with platters of country fried pork chops, milk gravy, fried cabbage, sweet corn, green beans and blackberry cobbler.
If you’re looking for a brisket smoked for 18 hours over hardwoods you’re going to be out of luck.
The Grills Gone Wild Kentucky State Championship Barbecue Festival is coming to London, Kentucky March 28-29, 2014 at the Laurel-London Optimist Club. The event will be sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society.
A prize of $5,000 hangs in the balance.
London, Kentucky claims to be the town where the honey bun was invented, and indeed a pluperfect version can be found at any quick mart in town as Flowers Bakery, the dominant purveyor of the delicacy, has two factories in town.
If you’re planning on attending the barbecue competition please save room for a plate of fried chicken from Burger Boy, an old timey (est.1961) diner that puts out the best plate in the entire state.
Update: Here are the winners from the competition
Grand Champion:Donny Bray with Warren County Pork Choppers.
Reserve Grand Champion – Allen Clem (Under The Radar)
1st Chicken – Donny Bray (Warren Co. Pork Choppers)
1st Ribs – John Gambill Jr. (Historic BBQ)
1st Pork – Andrew Armstrong (Bourbon Barrel BBQ)
1st Brisket – Donny Bray (Warren Co. Pork Choppers)