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BBQ Throwdown

Perhaps Walter Hyde is being a tad bit theatrical with the title, but over time, he is hoping that the 1st Annual World Famous Cleveland BBQ Throwdown that takes place today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sterle's does grow into something pretty spectacular. After all, you gotta start somewhere.“We want this to be a yearly event with lots of chefs involved, and maybe even add Cleveland breweries paired up with chefs, but thought we should start off small and build it up every year,” says Hyde, who along with partner Scott Slagle run the weekend barbecue ops in the Sterle’s Bier Garden. The barbecue battle will pit Hyde and Slagle against Melissa Khoury and Penny Barend of Saucisson and Adam Lambert of Ohio City Provisions. Each chef will prepare one main dish and one side dish, each of which will be blindly judged by an “expert” panel as well as the all-important Peoples’ Choice. Ticketed guests will each receive one platter containing each of the three mains and sides, along with one beer, lemonade, ice tea and snacks. There also will be a pickle bar and sauce bar on hand. Guests can purchase additional beers from the bar after the first freebie. Tickets are $35. (Douglas Trattner)

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