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Air Force kicks off High Flyin' BBQ Challenge

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- The Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services is hosting the inaugural Air Force High Flyin' BBQ Challenge now through September.

The competition is open to all active duty Airmen and sister service members at Air Force-led joint bases in the continuous U.S. who think their barbecue is the best in town and want to prove their barbecue prowess.

"The intent of this program is to encourage Air Force member participation in locally sanctioned barbecue competitions in an effort to improve morale and resilience, as well as foster local community involvement," said Scott Black, the AFPC special projects officer.

To apply for the competition applicants must submit an essay by April 18 to explaining in 500 words or less why their barbecue skills are the best.

"The top two essay writers from each of the three geographic regions will earn the chance to compete in an officially sanctioned local barbecue competition this summer," Black explained.

AFPC will announce the essay winners April 25, and those winners will be automatically entered to compete in local competitions slated for May 23 through Aug. 23.

"All regional competitions will be held at sanctioned events throughout the continental United States," Black said. "The top three winners from the regional events will win a trip to the Air Force barbecue finals in September."

The three Air Force finalists will compete during the San Antonio Stock and Rodeo Show's Fall Fest, held in September. All participants will receive a commemorative gift for participating in the High Flyin' BBQ Challenge, and additional prizes will be awarded to winners of the regional and grand final competitions.

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