If you are lucky enough to be on Fort Myers Beach today, Saturday, June 18, 2011 you might have noticed a delicious aroma in the air. That aroma is from the first annual " Smokin In The Mangroves " BBQ competition. The teams have been here since yesterday and most have their smokers going since then. This is a "Blind Judging " contest where everyone competes on a level playing field. The judges do not know which team made which entry ! Even a first timer can win with the best tasting entry.
The competition is being held at the Santini Plaza directly in front of the marina at the south end. Teams are here from all over the southland and many bring with them trophies and awards as proof of their prowess ! Smokers can prepare any type of meat they want but only chicken, ribs and pork will be submitted for judging.
Walking among the teams and seeing & smelling the smoke is truly intoxicating to anyone who appreciates great smoked meat. Some of the teams had huge multi grate rigs while others were more on the amateur level.
Competitors may elect to enter all three meats and sell to the public or they may decide to enter only the judged events. Crowds enjoyed the bright sunny day with an intense blue sky. There was plenty of parking, plenty of space to walk through the grounds and enjoy the sights. Or to just people watch. How many BBQ competitions are held next to a bustling marina ?
As is the case with any public event the decision to have this competition again rests with the attendees and the competitors. Based on the quality of the entries and the reaction of those attending it seems like we have the correct formula for another terrific Fort Myers Beach annual attraction !