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Grillmeisters lining up for 2nd annual Johnson City Steak Cookoff

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Jun 4, 2019 at 11:16 PM

The Johnson City Masonic Lodge is signing up local masters of the backyard barbecue for its second annual benefit Steak Cookoff.

Sanctioned by the national Steak Cookoff Association, it’s a competition with a $1,000 cash prize for the best steak cooked on-site, and a total of $3,500 in cash awards for the top 10 steaks of the day.

Held in the parking area of the Food City super store on North State of Franklin Road, last year's inaugural Johnson City Lodge Steak Cookoff drew a field of 40 cook teams and the Masons expect 50 or more competitors to turn out for this year’s event, starting 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6.

The entry fee is $150 and includes two boneless, choice ribeyes and a mystery box containing the main ingredient for an ancillary cooking competition with a total of $400 in cash prizes for the top three finishers.

The first place winner will also receive an opportunity to compete in this year’s SCA World Championship and an invitation to take part the Intermountain Steak Challenge, a showdown between the winners of three SCA sanctioned events to be held this year in Johnson City, Kingsport and Wise, Va.

All proceeds from the Johnson City event will go to the Masons to help provide new winter coats, shoes, socks and other essentials to Johnson City school children in need and other charitable community projects supported by the lodge.

The cookoff will be judged by a panel of SCA-certified judges who will be awarding points for the steaks’ taste, tenderness, appearance and overall impression.

To give contestants some inside information on all the judges look for and everything they need to know to become a certified SCA judge themselves, the lodge will host a pre-event Steak Cookoff Judges School from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, in the community meeting room located on the second-level of the Food City store at 920 N. State of Franklin. The judging school fee is $60 and a mandatory SCA membership.

To register online or for more information about the event, including a list of hundreds of SAC sanctioned competitions coming up, visit www.steakcookoffs.com. More information about the event and assistance with the signup may also be obtained by contacting Johnson City lodge member Mark Whittamore at 423-483-3232.

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