St. Nicholas BBQ fest brings tasty flavors to Conway

More than 26 teams showed up to compete in a cook off at the 9th Annual St. Nicholas BBQ festival in Conway on Saturday.

Some teams including the North/South Smokers team, say they spent nearly a week preparing for Saturday's event.

"We try to get our meat timed to where it comes off maybe an hour ahead of time where it has a chance to rest and we want that box to be as warm and have the best aroma so we try to wait as long as we can," explained team member Eddie Medlin.

Medlin added that he and his teammates live for barbecue. But not all teams showed up to the grill on Saturday with an equal amount of experience. Blake Wilkes said the event is his first competition.

"I couldn't find any barbecue I liked so I decided to make my own and I've been seeing a lot of it on TV so I thought I want to try it myself," he said.

St. Nicholas Barbecue Festival Chairman John Wilkins explained that barbecue events are growing nationwide. "It's a hobby, it's a passion and it's a way of life and these guys love it," he explained.

People love it so much that a new reality show called 'Holy Smokers' was shooting part of the event.

Wilkins said all net proceeds from Saturday's event will go toward charities in Conway and Horry County, helping those in need with food, shelter, and transportation.