Chattanooga markets holds their 10th annual Beast Feast BBQ Festival

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(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn) – The Chattanooga market hosted its annual Beast Feast B-B-Q Festival Sunday.

The event featured B-B-Q plates from 5 different pit masters.

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They all competed for the title of Chattanooga’s Best B-B-Q.

The winning pit master tells us he has been coming to the market for 18 years.

He explains what keeps his customers and judges coming back for more after all this time.

“We don’t sauce our ribs but we don’t use a dry rub either, we use a sort of a wet rub. Not a marinate but a wet rub. It caramelizes on the smoker , smoke em for about 4 to 4 and half hours. Fall off the bone tender, that’s whats gonna do it,” says Jade Lockhart with Lockhart’s Fire and Smoke BBQ.

The judges choice award went to Lockhart B-B-Q and the Peoples choice award was given ti Cornerstone B-B-Q! Congrats

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at jpoole@wdef.com.