Q in the Lou 

When: Sun., Sept. 29, 4-9 p.m., Mon., Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Tue., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Price: free admission
Have no fear: The organizers of Q in the Lou assure you that they're going ahead with the third year of the smoked meat festival. With 18,000 pounds of flesh ready to enter the pit, they expect large and hungry crowds, so don't disappoint them. This year's Q in the Lou takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (September 29 to October 1) at Kiener Plaza (Seventh and Market streets; www.qinthelou.com). Admission is free, but bring your wallet, because everybody's selling what they smoke. This year's designated "Legends of the Pit" include Sugarfire's Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald, Skip Steele of Pappy's and Bogart's fame, Mississippi's father/daughter two-fer Garry Roark and Leslie Scott Roark, and Marlando "Big Moe" Cason of Des Moines' Ponderosa BBQ. There will be live music all three days, VIP options and even master class sessions if you want to learn from the best.
— Paul Friswold

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