Grab the family and enjoy some of the best barbecue in the region at the Third Annual FireLake BBQ Contest on March 29.

More than 40 competitors will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and guests can sample numerous recipes including beef brisket, chicken and pork. Competitors from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas will battle for the top prize. Taster kits are $8.

Those who purchase a taster kit will get to sample the food and have a say in who goes home with the “People’s Choice” award. Taster kits go on sale at 11 a.m. and are limited in quantity.

“Families should come out for a great BBQ lunch cooked by award winning BBQ artists and to enjoy all of the other events happening in this area,” said Jason Boyce, FireLake Grocery. “Bowling, mini-putt and softball are all within walking distance.”

Nearly 40 judges from the Kansas City Barbecue Society will conduct their own tasting to determine who will earn the title of Grand Champion.

All proceeds from the event will help fund events for the Shawnee Area Salvation Army.