Barbecue cook-off highlights Pala celebration

PALA — Tickets for Pala’s anniversary celebration, costing $60, $50, $40 and $30, are available, with no service charge, at the Pala Box Office in the casino or by calling (877) 946-7252. Tickets also will be available at Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737, or Pala also is offering a ticket and hotel-room package for the concert by calling (877) 725-2766.
The anniversary celebration also will include the Pala Championship Barbecue competition, which starts at 10 a.m. April 2, on the casino’s South parking lot; and the $100,000 10th anniversary giveaway, which starts at 10 a.m. throughout the casino April 3.
The barbecue competition will offer $7,500 in prize money to the best barbecue cooks in Southern California. It is open to the public and the entry fee is $295. Barbecue cooks will compete in five categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder, brisket and children’s hamburgers. Youngsters will prepare the meat, but parents will do the cooking.
Entry applications are available at, or by calling (951) 445-1903. Tickets will be $5 at the gate, which includes entry to the grounds and one tasting. Additional tastings will cost $10 for three and $20 for 10. The gates open on Pala’s South parking lot at 10 a.m. The public tasting begins at noon. A panel of barbecue experts will judge the competition and prize money will be awarded at 6 p.m. The rock/rhythm and blues band Burn at Both Ends will perform from noon to 5 p.m.
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