You do not need to spend the weekend hunched over coals and woodchips, gasping in the billowing smoke of a grill to enjoy a barbecue. Leave it to pros (or semi-pros, anyway) and eat your fill all weekend.
On Saturday, May 30 at Redwood Acres, the Clarke Historical Museum fires up the Redwood Coast Up in Smoke Barbecue Competition and Beer Tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $15 entry fee gets you a commemorative glass and four drink samples. Toss in another $5 for five more trips to the tap. But leave room for the chicken and pork ribs at $10 for four tastes. Pros and amateurs will be going tong to tong to see who is master of the pit.
Head to the Moose Lodge on Sunday, May 31 for the Oyster Tri-tip Family Barbecue from 12:30 to 4 p.m. ($15 dinner, $5 hot dog dinner). Lick your fingers and tap your toes to the Redwood Dixie Gators, all to raise cash for the Cutten Ridgewood School District. Two barbecues in a row and you've still got your eyebrows. Nicely done.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill