On the Radar: Plant City Pig Jam

Select your own best of show if you like, but the trained judges will crown category and overall winners, and hand out the $15,000 prize pool, at the end of the day. All the day's college football games are broadcast in the beer tent, there’s live music on the main stage, and the kids have their own section with sugary snacks and a play area to work off the energy. You really have no excuse to avoid this cornucopia of carnivorous delights. Sat., Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1500 South Park Road, Plant City, free, 813-754-2315 or plantcity.org. – Brian Ries

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview up-and-coming arts events to mark your calendar for. When I became a certified barbecue judge a few years back, I realized that there's more to the art of smoked meat than most people realize. Luckily, you won't have to worry about that when you head out to the 7th annual Plant City Pig Jam this weekend.

Instead, you can just cruise the field, sampling championship char from more than 70 barbecue teams, ranging from local yokels to semi-professional 'cue cooks.

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