Valley cooks battle for Family Support Council |

Valley cooks battle for Family Support Council

by Caryn Haller

Caryn Haller

After placing second at a grilling competition in April, Brent Tessmann is hoping to bring home first place in the Grillin’ and Chillin’ cookoff to benefit the Family Support Council.

Tessmann and his nine-man “Big Boy” team from GE are cooking up St. Louis-style ribs for the June 15 event at Minden Park.

“It’s a good cause for us. It fits what we want to do, support the community. We took right to it,” Tessmann said. “We’ll do all right. We’ll do our best and see what happens.”

Tessmann is competing against nine other teams in the categories of appearance, flavor and texture. There will also be a People’s Choice award up for grabs.

“They’re not professionals. They’re prominent citizens from around the community who have businesses, that also have a good ability to cook,” organizer Piper Smith said. “It’s a sport for them. It’s going to be a fun event with friendly competition, for a good cause.”

For $15, the public receives 15 barbecue bucks that can be used to sample offerings from each of the competitors. The competitor with the most bucks at the end will win People’s Choice.

The Family Support Council is providing the side dishes, and drinks are available for sale.

Todd Wilcks is grilling up pork shoulder with cilantro and tomatillo sauce on his “Hay Ewe Barbecue.”

“We’ll win. We have the biggest smoker,” Wilcks said without hesitation. “Family Support Council has been clients of ours (Warren Reed Insurance) for over 20 years. We thought this would be a great way to support them and cook some great barbecue.”

The lone female in the group, Kathi Hussman dubbed her one-woman team “The Farmer’s Wife.” She is serving Cajun shrimp.

“I’m going to do good because I’m the only women out of nine men, and shrimp is different from all the other meat,” she said. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of Family Support Council.”

Scott Smith and “Smoking Gr8 Deal Barbecue,” is plating smoked prime rib.

“We’re gonna whup them. We have the best cut of meat,” he said. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of Family Support Council, and I wanted to try out my smoking skills against these guys.”

Kim Epstein and team “Toiyabe Builders” is hoping his secret ingredient will put his ribs above the others.

“I think I’m going to win. I have a secret dry rub that’s going to beat all the other competitors,” he said. “It will be a really fun, family event with live music and good food.”

The Grillin’ and Chillin’ event is 5 p.m. until all the barbecue is gone.

There will be live music by Out of Bounds, bounce houses and children’s games.

For tickets, call 782-8692.