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At Smokin' For a Cause, we are passionate about BBQ, from Carolina to Texas and everywhere in between. However, our rabid, meat loving desires pale in comparison to giving back to families that are battling pediatric brain cancer and we are looking to find people throughout the East Tennessee Region that share our passions.

For our 2017 event, we are adding our first ever competition to Smokin' For a Cause. We are looking for 6-10 teams to compete for the title of best Que in the region and help us broaden our fundraising reach to provide more funds for families battling pediatric brain cancer.

This year's inaugural competition will take place at Stardust Marina on Friday July 21st. Judging will begin at 6pm. We will have an area for each team to bring in a smoker and prep area with music, drinks, merch and a great time at a great location. 

We will be judging 3 categories that will combine for a Grand champion score and crown the Best Plate of BBQ in East Tennessee. The categories will be Sauce, Meat/Sides and Fundraising. Each team is asked to raise a minimum or $500 for the cause. We will be sending out a full set of rules and judging criteria upon the completion of competition registration.

Registration is open now and will run until July 3rd. The registration cost for all teams is $100.

In addition to the competition elements, we want to bring more people into our family and create a real sense of community in the Knoxville BBQ circuit. We love to promote the brotherhood of BBQ and want to strengthen the BBQ community in Knoxville with a little healthy competition. This is not a traditional sanctioned BBQ event and judging will not reflect strict rules of a sanctioned event.

As a 501(c)3 organization, we are able to offer any sponsors full tax deductibility for donations written directly to Smokin' For A Cause or processed through this website.

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