Chattanooga Now Signal Mountain barbecue

Chattanooga Now Signal Mountain barbecue

July 1st, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Signal Mountain Lions Club members chop meat during a previous Fourth of July barbecue.

The Signal Mountain Lions Club will celebrate the red, white and blue with a little gold on Monday.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the club's Fourth of July barbecue, which takes place in Althaus Park, the playground behind the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club.

Barbecue chairman Paul Snyder said a club mascot, Irby the Lion, will be making his debut appearance this year. Also new is a drive-through for those who want barbecue but aren't staying for other festivities going on throughout the day.

"Instead of them having to park and walk up and wait in line, we're making it a little more convenient," Snyder said. The change should help with parking issues that have arisen in the past. "It gets a little backed up back there with golfers and those coming with the parade [from Alexian Village]."

Club members will begin smoking 1,800 pounds of pork butts around midday Sunday. Plates, which include baked beans and coleslaw, will sell for $7. Barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and the club's "infamous" funnel cakes also will be available, Snyder said. Barbecue, beans and slaw also may be purchased in bulk.

Snyder said barbecue will be sold from 11 a.m. "until it's gone, usually 3 or 4 o'clock."

Musical performances will include the Orchard Band. Fireworks will end the day at dark.