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2019 Elliott’s Ace Annual Traeger Chicken Challenge

West Allis, WI Location

Jul 21, 2019 • 10am -2pm

Sunday, July 21st - West Allis

We are hosting our 3rd annual Traeger Chicken Challenge in the West Allis Store parking lot. It's a Traeger Open House & amateur chicken cookoff. 

Event Info:

  • 8:00 am - Competitors Arrive
  • 9:30 am - Traeger Grilling Demo's Begin
  • 11am-ish - the Firewise BBQ truck will be in our lot selling some of the best BBQ around
  • 10:30 am - Wing Competitor Judging
  • 1 pm - Leg/Thigh Competitor Judging
  • 1:30 pm - Chicken Challenge Competitor Awards
  • 2:30 pm - Event Ends

Schedule/times subject to change


Chicken Challenge RULES and DETAILS

‐ Teams consist of 2 contestants.  We are accepting the first 12 Teams to Register & Pay Entry Fee.

‐ Each team will be provided use of a 10’x10’ space, a Traeger Grill, Pellets, Chicken, and “two” 9” x 9” foam boxes to turn in their entries. This event will be held rain or shine.

‐ Team will need to bring their own supplies such as: tent if wanted, utensils, seasonings, rubs, sauces, meat thermometers, chairs, prep table, cooler, etc.  (no alcohol to be served or consumed during event).  

‐ Team will be expected to abide by Health and Safety Regulations. ‐ Contestants must arrive by 8:00am on July 21st to set up and check in.  

‐ TWO Challenges:

Challenge #1) Chicken Wings. Provided Wings will be given at 8:30 and can be started thereafter. Wings for judging can be Whole OR Drumette and/or Flat/Wingette and are to be turned in for judging at 10:30am. Your Chicken Temp will be checked at 10:15pm and will need to be 165 or greater to be eligible to be judged. 

Challenge #2) Chicken & Side Dish.  Provided Leg / Thigh combo’s will be given at the 10:30 turn in and can be started thereafter. Leg/Thigh Combos can be whole, detached, or deboned. Chicken & Side Dish are to be turned in for judging at 1pm. Your Chicken Temp will be checked at 12:45pm and will need to be 165 or greater to be eligible to be judged.   ‐ Event T‐Shirts will be provided to all Teams that enter.  Trophies & Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ‐ The provided Traeger Grills will be offered for sale at a discount to contestants first (in advance of event) and if any are available, to the public the day of the event.      



‐ A panel of Judges will be assembled to judge the contest.

‐ (3) Whole OR (6) Drummettes and/or Wingettes should be assembled in the box – garnish optional.  

‐ (2) Legs & (2) Thighs, (2) Combo’s or 6 Chicken portions should be assembled in the box along with a proportional portion of your side – garnish optional.

‐ Sauce & Glaze is acceptable but should be included in the box or already on the Chicken.

‐ Judging will be based on a score of 1 to 5, all whole numbers. 5=Excellent, 4=Good, 3=Average, 2=Below Average, 1=Poor. Judging will be on TASTE, APPEARANCE, TENDERNESS each having weighing factors. Taste Weighted, Tenderness Weighted, Appearance Not Weighted.

‐ In the event of a tie the TASTE Score will be used as the tie-breaker followed by TENDERNESS and lastly if needed the APPEARANCE SCORE.  

‐ ENTRY FEE is $50 and must be paid to Elliott’s Ace Hardware along with your Registration in order to hold your spot. Net Proceeds from Registration will be going to the CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MILWAUKEE / CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK. Registrations forms are available in store and on our Website.


We are at full capacity for this year's Traeger Chicken Challenge competition! We hope to see you there.





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