Several Akron area residents were selected to compete at the Marc's Amateur Grilling Competition at the Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival in Cleveland this weekend.
The amateur competition is Saturday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Cleveland.
The contestants are Janeen Taylor of Akron, Paul Wood of Hudson, Lisa Gaskins of Canton, William Lipscomb of Cleveland adn Mike Downing of Walton Hills.
All five home cooks will be give three racks of ribs, two and a half hours and a propane grill to create their barbecue best. The winner will receive a $250 Marc's gift card. Second and third place prizes also will be given.
In an interview, Gaskins said she was ready to take on all challengers and was working on her secret sauce recipe that she predicts will be the secret to her success.