Missoula College Students to Host Annual Carnivores Classic Event

September 16, 2016

MISSOULA – The public can enjoy classic barbecue dishes, live music and more during the third annual Carnivores Classic event, hosted by students in the Culinary Arts Program at Missoula College University of Montana, Friday through Saturday, Sept. 23-24.

The Carnivores Classic, a part of the Missoula BBQ Festival, will begin on Friday with a “Drive-In-Grill-Out” movie, sponsored by Axmen, at 6 p.m. at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.  

Saturday’s events, which are free to the public and run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include a barbecue contest, live music from the Western Front Band, a special performance by the UM Marching Band, ponies from Parsons’ Pony Farm and competition-style barbecue from MC culinary arts students.

The contest, sponsored by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, draws contestants from all over the nation to compete for the Grand Champion Prize. Teams submit four different entries of pork, ribs, brisket and chicken and are scored by KCBS-trained judges. This year, MC students will enter a team into the competition.  

Culinary students also will cook American barbecue, accompanied by classic side dishes, for sale to the public. The menu will feature dishes such as Alabama grilled chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket and more.

Earlier in the week, the Culinary Arts Program will host a barbecue competition cooking class for beginners from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at MC. Tony Balay, a world-class barbecue competitor, will teach techniques on cooking competition barbecue. Students also will serve a barbecue lunch on the MC lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 19-23, featuring a whole hog roast and Cabrito-style roasted goat Friday.

“We look forward to seeing all of our faithful supporters and the opportunity to make new friends,” said Tom Campbell, MC culinary arts director.

Proceeds will support the MC Culinary Arts Program, the only such program accredited by the American Culinary Federation in the state of Montana.

Tickets for the drive-in, sign-up for the barbecue class and more information are available at http://missoulabbqfest.com/.

For more information on the Carnivores Classic, call Amy Nack, MC chef instructor, at 406-243-7815, email amy.nack@umontana.edu or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/carnivoresclassic/.

To sponsor a culinary arts student, donate or participate in an event, call 406-243-7815 or email rose.burland@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Rose Burland, chef instructor, Missoula College, 406-370-3232, rose.burland@umontana.edu.