Grilling the barbecue masters in Canal Flats

Canal Flats grill champion hunt

Think you have a lip-smacking good rib recipe? Maybe it’s a slow cooked brisket or you’re known for a saucy grilled chicken? Whatever your signature is, Kelly Kask invites all pitmasters to a friendly competition down in the Flats on Saturday, September 16th.

“Everybody hates to see summer end and so we thought we’d do a little summer finalé wrap up and if there’s one thing that everybody sorta gets their chest a little puffy about is that everybody can grill to some capacity or barbecue or smoke,” said Mr. Kask, owner of The Flats RV Campground.

Taking inspiration from some of the cooking challenges on television, Mr. Kask’s The Flats “Pitmaster” Challenge will have challengers cooking up their signature dish as well as a mystery food item.

“The catch though is that there’s going to be two categories: one is going to be your one item you’re famous for; it’s your wheelhouse, your go-to signature dish, and the other one’s a mystery item and we are going to supply the mystery item. It’s legitimate, it’s not some rare mushroom that nobody knows about,” said Mr. Kask.

Entry to the competition is everybody’s favourite four letter word as Mr. Kask puts it. Free. The only stipulation is that to enter you must cook a signature dish and a separate dish with the mystery item. While the Pioneer wasn’t able to get what the exact mystery item is out of Mr. Kask, he did confirm it is a meat item.

“Needless to say you come register, you get your item, away you go, get busy get on the internet. You’ve only got one of them so you can’t really precook it and then try it. You sort of got to wing it,” said Mr. Kask.

Each competitor has exactly five hours to cook up their most mouth-watering creations using either a barbecue, grill or a smoker. However, you’re allowed to pre-marinade and prep whatever offsite but the meat has to be raw at the start of the competition.

“We’ll supply electricity if anybody needs to bring an electric smoker, and they’re allowed to use a propane barbecue or propane grill or charcoal briquettes. It’s not an issue from the fire department, we got their approval so we’re all good to go,” said Mr. Kask.

If you have what it takes to whip up the Valley’s best barbecue, then call The Flats RV Campground at 250-349-8212 or email to register. The best signature dish takes home the trophy, as well as the best use of the mystery item. Winners will take home bragging rights as top griller in the Valley.

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