JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – The smell of barbecue filled the air in Jeffersonville during the annual Smokin’ on the River Barbecue competition on the Riverfront.
More than 60 teams signed up to compete in the competition fixing a wide array of meats including ribs, pork butt, beef brisket and chicken.
Many who participate in this event toe a fine line in having a good time and cooking up some serious barbecue.
“When you walk through this competition, of course we’ve got people that are really serious,” event organizer Dan Scaggs said. “They want part of that $10,000 purse that we give away but then you’ve got the others that are just down to have a good time and socialize.”
The event has seen an increase in the years of the the event had been going on.
“Every single event we've had an increase in attendance and I do think that part of that is related to the Big Four [Bridge], Sarah Kraft, an organizer of the event said. “A lot of people are walking over down here and discovering what we offer.”
The grand champion of Smokin’ on the River will be eligible to move on to one of the two biggest national barbecue competitions later this year.