WBU is Smoking Pork at the Hub City Cook-Off

WBU Lubbock BBQ boothLUBBOCK – Wayland Baptist University Lubbock will be out in full force at the 17th Annual Hub City BBQ Cook-Off from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday in Lubbock. Sponsored by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the event takes place in downtown Lubbock at Main and Ave. O.

Wayland is serving as the team shirt sponsor, providing shirts for all event volunteers. The university will also have three booths and plenty of barbecue to tempt the pallets of those tasting the day’s fare. A blue and gold wrapped van will also stand out in the crowd.

University officials said the event is a great way to build community spirit and Wayland wants to show its support of Lubbock and the greater West Texas community.

“We think it’s important to be part of the community and to participate in an event like this,” Dr. David Bishop, Executive Director of Wayland Lubbock, said. “We hope to see a good number of Wayland graduates out there on Thursday. Stop by our tent and enjoy some barbecue.”

Wayland will be competing in all four events, cooking brisket, ribs, “other” and dessert. The “other” category will consist of pulled pork with a cherry cobbler in the dessert contest. Director of Development Bobby McCloud said Wayland employees will be cooking about 200 pounds of meat. The smoker being used was donated by Johnny and Karen LaQuey and the wood being used was donated by Arnis and Mallory Robbins of Evie Mae’s BBQ.

According to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce website, more than 7,000 people attended the event last year with more than 100 cooking teams competing. Tickets cost $30 at the gate. Kids 5 and under get in free and children age 6-10 cost $15. Mickey & the Motor Cars and School of Rock will provide live music for the event.