The saucy dreams and smoky aspirations of 185 teams from across the Midwest are realized during this weekend's Great Lenexa BBQ Battle
, at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (87th Street and Lackman Road, Lenexa). "We don't really plan on changing too much this time around, but we may
have a new trick or two up our sleeve," says last year's grand champion and returning participant Frank Lichtenauer, of Leawood's Smokers Purgatory team. Judging starts Saturday. Tonight is reserved for individual team parties and gatherings. A $5 fee gets you in. See lenexa.com
for more info.