Barbecue lovers line up to taste the meats at a past Lassen Senior Services Barbecue Competition. File photo

Lassen Senior Services offers barbecue class

This August, Lassen Senior Services hosts the fifth annual Barbecue Competition at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

Over the years the fundraiser that benefits Lassen County senior citizens has grown from a locals-only event at the Tractor Supply parking lot to an honest-to-goodness certified contest attracting low and slow smokers from across the West Coast.

“For our Barbecue Competition in August, we are holding a class for certifying judges,” said Penny Arts, the executive director at LSS. “It’s a good thought to think you can go to a barbecue cook-off and judge meat so that you get to taste some exceptional food, but in actuality, you have to take a four-hour class to become a certified judge. We are offering that class on Saturday, March 9.”

There is a fee to take the class, and Arts said barbecue teams could also benefit by taking it.

“A certified instructor from the Kansas City Barbecue Society will be teaching the class,” Arts said. “This is a great opportunity for barbecue teams, as they can see what judges are looking for in their meat offerings. There are four categories of meat judged for the competition:  pork ribs, pork, chicken and brisket.”

The annual event — which in the past has featured live music, bounce houses, a water slide and a car show — attracts more than 1,000 patrons.

Proceeds from the competition benefit LSS, a nonprofit organization that provides services to seniors in Lassen County, including the Meals on Wheels program that delivers hot food to needy seniors.

For more information, call Arts at 257-2113.