Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
WILSON — This weekend will sizzle in Wilson.
Saturday and Sunday will mark the fourth annual Cross Border Blues, Brews and Ques event, a Kansas City Barbecue Society approved event which features the best barbecuers around, as well as a plethora of craft beers for tasting and blues music all weekend.
A total of 45 barbecue teams will compete in this years event — more than double the teams that competed in the competition's inaugural year.
“It's growing and growing,” event coordinator Kathy O'Keefe said of the event she helped create.
“We have barbecue teams coming from all over — Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada — that was the whole idea, to bring some new money into the little town of Wilson.”
Frank Tutzauer heads the barbecue portion of the event. He and Carol Tutzauer, his wife and partner-in-barbecue, recently took first place in the ribs competition at the Roc City Rib Fest in Rochester.
“You've got to keep them low and slow. I cook mine from 245 to 250 degrees for anywhere from four and half to five and a half hours,” Tutzauer said.
Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competitions involve four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder, and beef brisket, Tutzauer said.
The blues lineup this year includes Mercury Blues Band, Wanted by the FBI, and Tommy Z on Saturday, and the Youth Showcase, Hayden Fogle and the Ambassadors, and Juno nominee Monkey Junk on Sunday.
The youth showcase features the most talented young musicians from all over the area showing their chops. The showcase coincides with one of the the many charities that CrossBorders supports.
“Part of our funds goes toward educating kids in schools about blues music- we do a blues in school tour and pay international blues musicians to go out into the local schools and teach them about the music,” O'Keefe said. “It's really cool, and we've gotten so much visibility for that.”