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Get Fired Up for Smoke on the Coast BBQ Competition (Today!)

Smoke on the Coast

When it comes to finger-licking barbecue, everyone has a preference for sauce. Kansas City Sweet Red? South Carolina Mustard?  Alabama White Sauce?

Wherever your barbecue allegiance lies, get ready to sample some of the best slow-cooked, fall-off-the- bone barbecue on the Emerald Coast. Destin Commons  welcomes acclaimed grill-masters to the 7th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival July 3.

Smoke on the Coast pairs merchants and organizations with local charities to benefit the latter. From 5- 10 p.m. tonight, enjoy live music by Trigger Proof, the “best party band in the South, and catch native Destin band Heritage at 7 p.m.  Heritage is a reggae/rock band, making its last round of performances on the Emerald Coast before heading out West for the summer. Their West coast tour spans Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah.

In addition to live music, have some fun with street performers and kids’ activities, all while enjoying $1 barbecue samples. Let your taste buds be heard by casting your vote for the People’s Choice Award, and see who the judges choose in a blind taste test.

This year’s teams, according to the Destin Chamber are:

Air Force Enlisted Village/The Gulf Seafood Restaurant
Arc of the Emerald Coast/Highway 98 BBQ
Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast/Big Red Truck
Children In Crisis/B&C Fire Safety
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance/Whole Foods
Destin Rotary Foundation/Destin Rotary Club
Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center/BrightView Landscaping
Food For Thought/Waste Management Company
Fresh Start/P.O. Wiggs BBQ
Habitat for Humanity/Hub City Smokehouse & Grill
Harvest House of Destin/Tailfins Seafood House & Oyster Bar
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida/Okaloosa Gas
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation/BC’s Southern Paradise BBQ & Catering
Opportunity Place/Classic Catering
Panhandle Warrior Partnership/Making their own BBQ
Ronald McDonald House Charities/Voodoo BBQ & Grill
Toys for Tots/Bass Pro Shop

At 9:15, the evening concludes with fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. See more July 4th festivities on our Events Calendar.  A happy (and tasty) July 4th to all!


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