Hill City BBQ competitors hope to qualify for world BBQ competition

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HILL CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - On Saturday things were heating up at a barbecue competition in the southern hills.

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim takes us to the 6th annual Hill City Wine, Brew, & BBQ.

Chicken was sizzling and pork was smoking at a contest in downtown Hill City.

Twenty-seven barbecue teams from around the country prepared chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.

And judges scored each dish based on appearance, tenderness, and taste.

Camp House BBQ owner Nick Morrison joined the competition from Absarokee, Montana.

Katrina Lim asks, "What would it mean to you if you won this competition?"

Nick Morrison says, "I'd be freaked out because I'm really not here to win. I was here more to vend. I'm competing so that they have the minimal requirement amount of teams, but I would be very ecstatic."

After judging completed, the public could sample the food accompanied by a cold beer or a glass of wine.

Shane Alexander, coordinator, Wine, Brew, & BBQ, says, "We're going to have 18 breweries represented with close to 40 different beers. There are some off the East Coast, but a lot of them are local."

Live music was also on Saturday's agenda.

Morrison has been cooking barbecue for the last twelve years.

He says when people smile after eating his food, it's worth all the effort.

Nick Morrison says, "People, no matter who they are, where they're from, they always love barbecue. It's a real American traditional type of food and it also has regional preferences so people always have an opinion about barbecue so it's a good topic of discussion and people really like the food. I like making them happy and that's what we try to do."

Whoever wins today's competition becomes a qualifier for the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

Qualifiers have a chance to be selected in a blind drawing to compete in this elite barbecue competition in Lynchburg, Tennessee.