Powers’ Pavilion holds first Pig N Swig

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack was the grand champion winner at the inaugural Pig N Swig barbecue cookoff and craft beer festival.

The inaugural Pig N Swig barbecue cookoff and craft beer festival last weekend at Powers' Pavilion featured lots of beer on Saturday and barbecue samples on Sunday, along with entertainment, a zip line, a mechanical bull, a Jeep obstacle course and vendors. Saturday featured the professional barbecue cookoff, and Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack was the grand champion winner of the Georgia Barbecue Association-sanctioned event.

Sunday brought the "backyard" competition. Those non-professional barbecuers competed for a $1,000 prize, and the winner was chosen by visitors who sampled eight different kinds of barbecue. And the samples were ample. Information on the backyard winner wasn't available from Powers’ Pavilion organizers on Tuesday.

Stephen, Roseanne and Alex Guerra traveled from Marietta for the barbecue event. "We love barbecue," Stephen said. They also took advantage of the zip line.

Mary and Melissa Harbin served samples from M&P BBQ'n, cooked by their brother-in-law Mike Polston. Mary said Polston and her husband "loves to cook."

"We just like to eat it," added Melissa.

"It's been fun," Mary said. "They just like doing it." They're true amateurs, she said, and came up with M&P BBQ'n because "they had to come up with a name."

Team Live Oak cooked to benefit the Nicholas S. Whitlock Foundation. They served a sweet, molasses-based, Kansas City-style sauce prepared by Rachel Kuehl.

Sargent resident Santa Victor Griffin served his North Pole Sauce on Sunday. By late afternoon, he was out of barbecue, even though he had cooked five, 8-pound Boston butts. Griffin said he hopes to soon have his unique sauce in production.

He enjoyed the event and is hoping it will be "bigger and better next year."

It's the only barbecue cookoff in Coweta, since the Coweta Up In Smoke event ended two years ago.

"It exceeded our expectations for an inaugural event," said Amy Lane of Powers' Pavilion.

"The Saturday people's choice barbecue was a hit and we plan to make that bigger next year," she said.

"Our only wish was that more pro teams had barbecue samples for the public."

The weather was hot and steamy, and plans are to hold the 2014 event in the spring instead of the middle of summer.

"We may even name it the Pig, Swig and Rig due to the fun Jeep obstacle course," said Lane. "We want to thank our new Newnan Jeep dealer David Watts and crew for adding so much fun and excitement to our event. Also, thanks to the Georgia Crawlers and Mike Condit for constructing the course for a great cause, Humble Heroes."



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