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Think you can grill steak? Mr. Brisket competition is for you


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Think you know how to cook steak? Mr. Brisket is offering a chance for you to put your grilling expertise to the test.

The Cleveland Heights-based company is sponsoring a contest at Oakwood Square in Canton on Saturday, July 30. Grill competitors from all over will compete for about $6,000 in prize money.

The event – billed as a Grilling in Hall of Fame City Steak Cookoff – aims to grow competitive cooking in Northeast Ohio and showcase area artisans at a local market being held that day in conjunction with Side Street Markets.

The competition will follow Steak Cookoff Association guidelines. Steaks will be evaluated according to taste, tenderness, doneness and appearance.

“Taste is subjective. Obviously a good steak is a good steak,” said Aaron Huentelman, pitmaster and meat cutter for Mr. Brisket. “Some people run salt and pepper, some people run three different rubs. Some people sous vide their steaks first, some marinate them. It’s up to you.”

He said doneness is defined by cooking the steak to medium.

“If you’re ‘Oh, I like a rare steak’, good for you. Want to win a thousand bucks? Cook it to medium,” said Huentelman, who said the competition is the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

Entrants must be at least 13 years old. Cooks will meet at 10 a.m. Steaks will be given out to competitors who are allowed to cook on anything. Bring your own grill, but it can be any kind: Charcoal, gas, smokers, camp stoves – whatever. No power will be supplied.

Entry fees are $160 (steaks) and $25 (anything tailgate food).

Steak-competition prizes

1st place: $1,000

2nd place: $500

3rd place: $400

4th place: $300

5th place: $200

6th through 10th places: $100

Tailgate-food payout ranges from $25 to $125. The category is wide open, ranging from anything like Bloody Marys, boozy cupcakes, ribs and more, he said.

Go online to register.

Oakwood Square is at 2610 Easton St. NE, Canton.

“It’s such an easy, get your foot in the door if you think you want to compete with food,” Huentelman said.

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