Registration is open for local backyard grill enthusiasts to compete in the fifth annual Battle Below the Clouds at Ruby Falls. Benefiting Lana’s Love Foundation, the amateur barbecue cook-off on April 13, 2019, gives competitors the chance to win awards and bragging rights as the best backyard cooks in Chattanooga, while supporting the foundation’s mission to bring fun activities to local kids with cancer and their families. Named for the late Lana Beth Webster, daughter of Cindy and Jim and sister of Alan and Cole, Lana’s Love is dedicated to helping kids with cancer and their families have fun during a very challenging time.
Amateur teams of grillers and smokers may include one individual or a team captain and as many assistants as the team deems necessary. Team registration is accepted on a first-come, first serve basis until the maximum number of teams is reached. Entry fees are donated to Lana’s Love and range from $200-$400, based on the size of competition site required by the team. Cook-off participants receive competition meat, a Battle Below the Clouds swag basket filled with giveaways and a crack at being named the coveted 2019 Grand Champion, 2019 Pulled Pork Champion, 2019 Ribs Champion and/or the 2019 Jim Brewer Spirit Award recipient.
“Battle Below the Clouds is not only a fun day with great barbecue and live music for Lana’s Love kids and their families, but it’s also an exciting event for local barbecue enthusiasts to test their craft,” said Ruby Falls president Hugh Morrow. “We invite backyard grillers to compete for sought-after bragging rights by putting their grill skills to the ultimate barbecue test on the most delicious day of the year on Lookout Mountain.”
Teams will be judged in four categories: dry ribs; ribs with sauce; pork butt with sauce; and pork butt without sauce. Competitors will check-in and receive their meat at Ruby Falls on April 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Grilling begins the following morning at 6 a.m. with awards announced on the entertainment stage at 5 p.m.
More information and registration is available at www.lanaslove.com. Team registration ends April 5.