Barbecue competition slated for July in MC


When it comes to the culinary, barbecue is probably not what comes to mind when most people think of the Tri-City area.

Don and Mata Tellman hope to change that. They are organizing a barbecue competition for the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce to be held July 13-14 under the U.S. 90 bridge between Second and Third streets.

“What’s driving a lot of this is that we have all of these people around here with these big barbecue pits that cook for oil companies,” D. Tellman said.

He said that although such competitions are common in other areas of the state, there is an absence of them in the most southern part of the state.

“There are probably 50 events in the state of Louisiana every summer. Not one of them is south of the I-10 corridor,” Tellman said. “There’s one in Lafayette the first weekend in May.”

The Tellmans are hoping to make this barbecue cookoff an annual event in Morgan City. They are also seeking both sponsors and participants for the event.

Forms for anyone interested either in participating in the event or sponsoring the event are available on the website for the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce,

The event is sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association.

“The competition is international,” Tellman, originally from Missouri, said. “We are members of both the Kansas City and the International Barbeque Cookers Association.

“We are arranging for judges,” Tellman said. “The IBCA is sending a head judge in. They have a scoring system.

“All of the meat gets inspected coming in to make sure they haven’t done anything more than trim it.”

Tellman said that he is expecting 25 to 30 teams, many of them local, to participate.

“Everyone can compete,” he said.

Entry fees are $50 for one meat category, $150 for all three meat categories, or $125 and a fully cooked brisket the day of the competition.

“The corporate competition for the bragging rights trophy requires a sponsor’s entry of $250 or more,” Tellman said. “The $250 pays the entry fee of $150 and a $100 T-shirt ad and to nominate one or more judges. Example: a $1,000 sponsor gets to nominate seven judges plus the entry fee and T-shirt ad,” he said.

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