Dr. BBQ at Grill Wars

At first glance, it would seem that the Fireplace Corner is bringing in a ringer for Red Rock Radio’s Grill Wars today at the Bayfront Festival Park plaza.

Ray Lampe, better known as Dr. BBQ, will be in the Fireplace Corner tent, cooking up a storm. He’s written six cookbooks, won hundreds of cook-offs, has appeared on the Food Network’s “Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and is the spokesman for the Big Green Egg ceramic cooker.

But contest participants need not fear.

“We are not competing,” said Dawn Johnson of the Fireplace Corner. “We’re just going to be down there as a sponsor with Dr. BBQ under our tent, cooking for us.”

The sixth annual event, a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club, will run from 5-8 p.m. today. Event goers will sample the burgers and vote on their favorites.

Dr. BBQ will be at the Fireplace Corner, 5688 Miller Trunk Highway, in the Pike Lake Shopping Center from 4-7 p.m. Thursday for cooking demonstrations. Of course, he’ll be using — and likely selling — the Big Green Egg.