Brookline grill competition is 2 days of delicious food

Union Leader Correspondent
July 14. 2014 8:05PM
The Brookline Fire truck is seen at the aftermath of a devastating fire on Laurel Crest Drive last month in which a thermal imaging camera, purchased with funds raised at the department's annual fundraiser, saved the life of a Brookline man. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHRYES/Union Leader Correspondent)

BROOKLINE — Spark up the grill, because the Brookline Fire Department’s 8th annual BBQ Tailgate Competition will be held on July 19-20 at the Brookline Ball Field with two days of delicious food and activities such as horseshoes and music.

Money raised from the event goes towards the purchase of much needed fire and rescue equipment, noted President of the Brookline Volunteer Fire Department Association Sheryl Corey, such as the thermal imaging camera which helped save the life of Brookline resident Greg Wilson who was found unconscious in his engulfed Laurel Crests Drive home last month. The camera was purchased with money from previous fundraisers and no tax dollars.

“We try to keep the tax dollars down as much as we can by running our fundraisers,” said Corey. In addition, Corey said that such fundraisers allow the department to “take care of the firefighter flags that go into the cemetery and other things such as the Donald ‘Pat’ Burke Scholarship Fund for a Hollis-Brookline graduate entering the fire or EMS field.

The grilling competition is slated for Saturday with categories in pizza, shrimp, beef and dessert which will be critiqued by certified judges or local chefs. The People’s Choice of Chicken Wings is scheduled for 2 p.m., and visitors can enjoy six chicken wing samples and a ballot for $5 for a taste of some good food.

Competitors will bring the smokers on Sunday for smoked ribs and smoked chicken wings with pulled pork as the People’s choice category and a kid’s burger contest. “I think the kids practice, because the burgers are really awesome. They created their own burger recipe,” said Corey. They are only allowed help with lighting the fire for the charcoal grill.

“It’s for backyard cooks that want to try their hand at doing some competition BBQ and have fun. Some teams have done well and gone on to bigger competitions,” added Corey.

Besides the competitions, the fire department will host a chicken BBQ on Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with live music by the Second Alarm Band from the New Boston Fire Department. Tickets are $10 for half chicken and $7 for a quarter chickens with all the fixings. Start your Sunday morning at the ball field with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $5 with bacon sausage, coffee, milk and juice.

Both days the fire department will be serving hamburgers, sausage subs, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy music and dancing throughout the weekend. Activities include a horseshoe tournament which starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Contact John Hooper at 673-8531 to register. Kids can participate in a muster on Saturday at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Andy King at 978-257-3125 or or call 603-673-4050. For a competition application look under “events” at

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