Working with barbecue grills, charcoal, and fresh cuts of meat, DeKalb County 4-H members recently competed in the Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery contest held in Lebanon. Each team member had to construct a charcoal fire and, using their best recipes, grill their choice of beef, lamb, pork, or poultry for some hungry judges to sample. Contestants receive individual scores as well as an overall team score based on fire preparation, safety, meat preparation skills, palatability and overall appearance of the final product. The junior high contest, which consisted of 4-H members in 7th – 9th grades, had 19 teams from all over Middle Tennessee competing. DeKalb County junior high team members included Tyree Cripps, Abby Evans, Wyatt Martin, and James Mathis. The team placed 3rd overall. Individually, Abby Evans was the 1st place winner in the lamb division, Tyree Cripps placed 3rd in poultry, and Wyatt Martin placed 6th in beef. The senior high contest, which consisted of 4-H members in 10th – 12th grades, had 20 teams in the division. DeKalb County senior high team members included Justin Bass, Preston Cripps, Nathaniel Theriaque, and Jessica Williams. The team placed 12th placed overall. In addition to the flavor aspect of the contest, senior high contestants also had to display their finished products involving an outdoor theme.
4-H junior high outdoor meat cookery team members pictured with their awards (left to right): Tyree Cripps, Abby Evans, and Wyatt Martin.
4-H senior high outdoor meat cookery team members with their display include (left to right): Justin Bass, Jessica Williams, Preston Cripps, and Nathaniel Theriaque.
James Mathis participated in the 4-H junior high outdoor meat cookery contest recently held in Lebanon.