Bay Breeze Patio is pleased to announce that Ray Lampe, better known as “Dr. BBQ”, will be the featured celebrity guest at the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition coming to Seascape Resort on Sept. 26. Dr. BBQ, as he is affectionately known, is a chef, author, and a familiar face on many popular cooking shows, serving as an expert judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” NBC’s “Food Fighters,” and the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” among others. As the Big Green Egg’s spokeschef, Lampe is an expert at cooking foods on the Big Green Egg smoker/grill. He also has a Big Green Egg cookbook set for launch in 2016.
I spoke with Dr. BBQ this morning on twitter at @Eater30A, and asked what he would be flaming up, knowing more than likely it would be top secret. Ray replied, “I’m looking forward to attending this weekend, and better decide soon!” Grillax.com chimed in saying, “We hear a vicious rumor it may be seafood. Of course, he could bring out the brisket for the out-of-towners!” Personally, I hope he digs deep and brings both to the Big Green Egg event!
“We had great participation and positive feedback at our first Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition last September,” said Susan Kiley, co-owner of Bay Breeze Patio and event organizer for Eggs on the Beach. “Therefore, we wanted to make year two even bigger. We are thrilled to bring Dr. BBQ to South Walton and show him our Southern Hospitality and beautiful beaches, while he shares his grilling expertise with us.” Ray has cooked and medaled in over 300 BBQ contests, and in 2014, he was inducted into the “BBQ Hall of Fame.” He has also appeared on HGTV, CNN, Martha Stewart Living and The Howard Stern Show. “For many years I dreamt of traveling the country learning about barbecue — and now I am privileged to make a living by passing on what I’ve learned. I spend about half the year on the road in search of “the ultimate rib” or the “perfect pulled pork,” and I can tell you that I never get tired of it,” said Lampe in an interview for Big Green Egg’s Profile Magazine.
The 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition will feature tastings by more than 25 cook teams, grilling and product demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, “People’s Choice Awards,” silent auction, chances for prizes, kids’ activities and more. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast located on Eglin Air Force Base.
For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, are on sale now for a discounted price. There are 40 Demo Eggs for sale (25 large and 15 XLarge) and all come with a nest (metal stand), plate setter and a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 – 5 p.m. on September 26.
Cook team registration is $50 for a team of up to four and includes use of a Demo Big Green Egg for grilling. Each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub. Entry fees are waived for non-profit teams who wish to compete for $500 toward their cause. Taster tickets are also on sale now, featuring advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11- 17) and kids 10 and under are free. To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.