KATHLEEN, Fla. - A barbecue fundraiser benefitting two murdered police officers is expected to draw thousands to Polk County.
Eighty of Florida's best grillers will be using hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of smokers Saturday, some holding up to two hundred slabs of ribs to barbecue for the event.
It will be a rib lover’s paradise. The proceeds will to the families of the two murdered Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeff Kocab.
Officer Jeffrey Kocab's wife works as a dean at Kathleen Middle School, where the event will be held, Saturday July 17th from 11am to 6pm.
The ribs will be cooked slowly for about 4 hours each. Expect them to be moist and tender. The slabs are high quality. They are St. Louis cut choice ribs and seasoned by area competition cooks.
"Your tongue is gonna wanna knock your brain out. That's really how good they are," said cook Logan Skinner.
ABC Action News personalities will be at the event handing out ribs, so come out!
There will also be a live auction at the event, where you can win one of two "Learn to Ride" Harley Davidson classes and hundreds of dollars in clothes from the Lakeland Store.
"Being that Kocab's wife is an active member of our community, we felt it was only right to step in and make the event as successful as we can for the families," said Harley Davidson's Lanette Strong.
Two lucky winners will also have the opportunity to have a meet and greet with Rascall Flatts and Brad Paisley later this summer.
The Texas Cattle Company is donating ten steaks, two bottles of wine and a free delivery.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is donating "Lunch with the Sheriff".
Alpha and Omena Auto Detailing is donating a full car detail, and there are many, many more auction items.
"The ribs are good, people like the ribs. We will sell the ribs but the main focus is to make money for these two families," said cook Pete Cross.
You can pre-order ribs until the very last minute. Email your name, phone number and how many ribs you would like to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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