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Fort Wayne area teams compete at BBQ Ribfest at Headwaters Park

By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelMike Welch, 62, works in the Low N Slow mobile kitchen, an addition to the station. Welch was one of the original workers with David Hart when Hart started Low N Slow in 2009.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelMike Welch, 62, works in the Low N Slow mobile kitchen, an addition to the station. Welch was one of the original workers with David Hart when Hart started Low N Slow in 2009.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelLow N Slow started in 2009, and has been taking part in the BBQ Ribfest for eight years. This year, it created a mobile kitchen out of an old livestock trailer and added a Caesar salad that can have chicken, brisket or pulled pork on it.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelLow N Slow started in 2009, and has been taking part in the BBQ Ribfest for eight years. This year, it created a mobile kitchen out of an old livestock trailer and added a Caesar salad that can have chicken, brisket or pulled pork on it.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelThe 19th Annual BBQ Ribfest opened Thursday at Headwaters Park. The four-day festival features seven different BBQ teams.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelThe 19th Annual BBQ Ribfest opened Thursday at Headwaters Park. The four-day festival features seven different BBQ teams.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelLow N Slow is the only BBQ Ribfest member to use a smoker that uses charcoal and wood. David Hart said that cooking them this way allows the ribs to have a charcoal and wood flavor, unlike the others at Ribfest in Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelLow N Slow is the only BBQ Ribfest member to use a smoker that uses charcoal and wood. David Hart said that cooking them this way allows the ribs to have a charcoal and wood flavor, unlike the others at Ribfest in Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelThe 19th Annual BBQ Ribfest opened Thursday at Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St. The four-day festival features seven different BBQ teams. Ribfest is free before 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelThe 19th Annual BBQ Ribfest opened Thursday at Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St. The four-day festival features seven different BBQ teams. Ribfest is free before 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelBraton Hart, 20, flips rib slabs Thursday at Headwaters Park for BBQ Ribfest. Hart works with his grandfather, David Hart, founder of Low N Slow.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelBraton Hart, 20, flips rib slabs Thursday at Headwaters Park for BBQ Ribfest. Hart works with his grandfather, David Hart, founder of Low N Slow.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelLow N Slow's David Hart, 56, talks with his friends and family during a lull Thursday at the BBQ Ribfest at Headwaters Park. Ribfest runs through Sunday.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelLow N Slow's David Hart, 56, talks with his friends and family during a lull Thursday at the BBQ Ribfest at Headwaters Park. Ribfest runs through Sunday.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelDathan Tippey, 17, eats Low N Slow ribs behind the trailer on his break Thursday at Headwaters Park during the BBQ Ribfest. Tippey managed the ribs up front on the grill after they had been smoked in the back.
By Breanna Daugherty of The News-SentinelDathan Tippey, 17, eats Low N Slow ribs behind the trailer on his break Thursday at Headwaters Park during the BBQ Ribfest. Tippey managed the ribs up front on the grill after they had been smoked in the back.
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Friday, June 17, 2016 1:13 AM

For four days, seven teams are taking over Headwaters Park for the 19th annual BBQ Ribfest.

Low N Slow is known for being founded locally in 2009 by David Hart. Hart is one of two local teams at Ribfest; Timmy’s Pizza and BBQ is located in Garrett.

Hart’s team consists of family and friends, and said it has become a family reunion for him.

For its eighth year, Low N Slow added an old livestock trailer and transformed it into a mobile kitchen, and it added a new item to the menu; Caesar salad. The Caesar salad can have chicken, brisket or pulled pork added to it.

However, Hart hasn’t changed out they cook their ribs. They are cooked with charcoal and wood.

“You can tell the difference in the taste because we still get a wood taste to it,” Hart said.

He loves doing the BBQ Ribfest, even though he works more before the festival than during it.

“We’re not getting rich doing it, but it’s a great time to get the family together, meet all the friends and learn new tricks,” he said.

The BBQ Ribfest continues this weekend 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and ending at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St. Admission is free Thursday-Saturday until 5:30 p.m. after which it's $6 ages 13 and over, $5 for seniors and $4 for students, military, fire and police department workers. Sunday is $3 all day. See www.bbqribfest.com/on-stage.html for the schedule of entertainment on the stage.

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