Here is an article I wrote a while back for the National BBQ News, but for some reason, it did not get used…..not sure why. The good thing is, this gives me the chance to expand my information about this great contest. This was the second year for this event, and my team, Hogs Gone Wild BBQ have competed in this event for both years, with similar results. Both years now we have finished 6th overall, I’ll take that any day!!! Please enjoy some information about this fun event, and consider putting it on your calendar for next year.
Hot. That one word meant many different things at this years Central Florida BBQ Blowout, in Oviedo, FL. The weather was hot, but there was the smell of BBQ in the air and a cool beverage in everyone’s hand, so it was all good. For two years now, The Oviedo/Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce has hosted the BBQ Blowout on Memorial Day weekend. The event was presented by Sonny’s BBQ in order to raise funds that go, in part to, Helpful Hands of Seminole County http://helpfulhandsseminole.com/ . BBQ helping in the community, now that’ hot!!!
The level of competition teams that showed up for the BBQ Blowout was hot, top teams made the drive from all across Florida to get part of the prize money, and some of the coolest trophies I have see in a long time, thanks to Pirate 50 & Crazy Jugs pottery. Angela Iverson was the organizer for the second year now, and I really enjoyed last years event, but this year blew it out of the water. Everything was well organized, teams knew were they had to go to set up, power & water was there waiting for them, and was in great supply all weekend. Of course there were a couple challenges that come up during an event, but they were handled by a very professional team, that I am sure Angela is very proud of. All teams that I spoke with were very happy with the event, and indicated they would be back next year. I know we will be there, hopefully minus a couple teammates that joined us in Oviedo this past year. Funny story….I was at the event, in my trailer doing some meat prep, at around 8:00pm on Friday of the event, I heard some noise, like a cat meowing, but lots of folks had music going, and just thought it was some crazy music they listen to now a days, so I did not this much of it. Then my wife, Biggi opened the trailer door and said there was a cat under the bed of our truck, that was parked next to the trailer. I thought she was crazy, what the heck would a cat be doing under our truck???
Well she was right, there were two kittens, taking refuge in the well of my spare tire, under my truck bed. Come to find out, they have been there since we left home!!! They rode to the competition under our truck, a good thirty five mile trip. We tried everything to get these little guys out. Friends came over to try and give a helping hand to lure the little guys out, but with no luck, they were not budging. We even tried to lower the spare, and of course that was not working for us, we tried food to lure them out, they would eat, and quickly go back into their hiding spot. We tried pushing them with sticks, they would possision themselves so we could not reach them, we even shot them with water from the hose, and I think they just pulled out a bar of soap, and made a sower out of it, they were not moving from that spot!!!
So the kittens stayed the night under the truck, till after turn-ins on Saturday, then we had a huge group of folks come by to help us get the kittens out. A few young, limber boys got up under the truck ans scared the kittens out, one kitten ran off, and was never seen again (unfortunate) the other was caught, and given to a nice lady, who adopted the kitten & took it home. So a good ending to the kitten story!!!
72 of the hottest Pro & Backyard teams pulled in on Friday May 23rd, and battled it out through awards on the 24th. Winner gets an entry to the American Royal, a draw for the Jack Daniels BBQ Championship & a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championship in Vegas.
It was Unknown who would walk away with the GC….that’s right Team Unknown BBQ took the GC for the second year in a row!!! Unknown BBQ are truly on a hot streak, and have in the top 5 in four of their last competitions.
Git-R-Smoked is running hot themselves, Terry McKay not only printed up some really great banners for this event, but also took home the RGC for the BBQ Blowout. Great job by both teams, congratulations.
We had a good time, like I said, we got sixth overall, for the second year in a row, with 2nd in pork & 5th in ribs.
The weather and the BBQ were not the only things that were hot, 70 other teams were hot on the heels of our GC & RGC teams, everyone that competed did a great job, enduring the heat, and putting out some of the best darn BBQ in the country, so everyone should be proud of their accomplishments. A special congrats to all the teams that walked.
|1||Team Unknown BBQ||779.24996||190.1333||197.8667||195.7667||195.4833|
|4||Big Kahuna BBQ||771.01664||193.6333||192.2333||195.7500||189.4000|
|6||Hogs Gone Wild BBQ||768.53333||189.8333||193.6500||195.7667||189.2833|
|7||Big Papa’s Country Kitchen||768.28333||186.9833||197.1667||190.3000||193.8333|
|11||Bubba’s Scrub Oak BBQ||761.71665||192.2500||182.0333||191.2333||196.2000|
|12||Sweet Smoke Q||760.31667||193.6667||188.6167||187.2500||190.7833|
|14||Chow’n Down The Q||757.51665||186.2833||183.1333||192.6333||195.4667|
|16||Big Rack BBQ||751.98332||186.5167||193.6000||188.6833||183.1833|
|17||Smokin J’s Florida||751.33334||186.9500||188.0333||192.6833||183.6667|
|18||Frog Dog BBQ||747.86665||179.4167||187.8833||190.0667||190.5000|
|20||Divine Swine BBQ Team||747.43335||186.9167||182.4833||190.1000||187.9333|
|21||Dadgum Good BBQ||746.76665||188.8333||189.3833||192.0167||176.5333|
|23||Staggering Swine and Bovine||745.20001||194.3000||187.6833||181.0333||182.1833|
|24||Palm Beach Porkers||744.86667||188.3667||181.8333||185.5667||189.1000|
|27||No Name BBQ||737.15000||183.6833||183.7000||184.8833||184.8833|
|28||World’s Smokin’ Que||736.88334||173.7000||186.0000||190.4833||186.7000|
|29||Uncle Wendy’s BBQ||734.65000||182.2167||188.1833||179.8500||184.4000|
|31||Burning Bush BBQ||729.79997||182.7667||184.9833||179.5667||182.4833|
|32||Boog-A-Lous Smoke Crew||728.61668||178.2500||188.8667||184.1333||177.3667|
|33||Leroy’s Big Bad BBQ||726.26666||190.3500||187.2500||176.5833||172.0833|
|34||No Secrets Bar-B-Que||725.05001||179.8167||172.7000||184.6000||187.9333|
|35||Pull’n My Pork BBQ||724.05000||171.9000||178.1333||183.9500||190.0667|
|36||Two Crackers Cooking||722.13332||181.0167||178.1833||184.1667||178.7667|
|37||Lazy Boys BBQ||722.01666||175.5500||178.1667||184.3833||183.9167|
|38||The Dixie Boys||718.56668||173.1000||184.7500||184.1833||176.5333|
|41||Lucky Dawgs BBQ||715.51665||178.9333||182.0333||179.1667||175.3833|
|42||Wackadoo’s Grub and Brew||715.15001||183.8667||187.2167||172.9333||171.1333|
|44||Pig In or Pig Out Cooking Team||700.30002||179.1000||175.0833||170.9667||175.1500|
|45||Smoke Tales BBQ||698.88333||174.1667||179.4500||176.7667||168.5000|
|46||Tennessee Tom’s BBQ||698.18333||179.4833||174.3167||176.7833||167.6000|
|48||Six Guns and Lou BBQ||695.13332||159.5667||180.8667||186.5167||168.1833|
|49||Country Fire BBQ||694.96668||171.9333||173.9500||176.0167||173.0667|
|51||Blake’s Best Barbecue||672.95001||172.6167||169.3500||174.9667||156.0167|
|52||Swim N Fun||668.59999||156.9000||182.6000||160.0667||169.0333|
|53||Bull Rush BBQ||583.03331||0.0000||190.1000||194.3333||198.6000|
|54||Sonny’s Competition Team||559.08333||0.0000||183.5667||189.5333||185.9833|
|56||Pigture Perfect BBQ||542.85002||0.0000||190.7667||177.6333||174.4500|
|57||Bear Lake Boys BBQ||540.93333||0.0000||181.7833||187.1500||172.0000|
|58||The Smoked Meat Militia||340.56668||0.0000||0.0000||179.4000||161.1667|