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2012-04-25 / News

BBQ Cook-off Winners

(or, local boys beat the big boys)
by Ron Gholson


Best pork, best sauce. Demonstrating an impressive one-two punch, Cam’s Barbeque of Rainbow Crossing won the top awards for both best pork (Boston butt pulled off the bone) and best sauce at the BBQ cookoff last weekend. Best pork, best sauce. Demonstrating an impressive one-two punch, Cam’s Barbeque of Rainbow Crossing won the top awards for both best pork (Boston butt pulled off the bone) and best sauce at the BBQ cookoff last weekend. Local BBQ purveyors beat the “big boy” professional traveling contestants from out of state in three of the five categories judged in the First Annual Alabama BBQ Cook-off and Festival last weekend. (See photos.)

Johnson’s Barbeque of Virginia Beach, Va. managed to pull off a win in the barbequed chicken category and the People’s Choice award, taken from interviews with the dining public. Cowboys Barbeque and Rib Company of Weatherford, Texas, the other professional competitor, was runner up in multiple categories but did not score a win.

Jeff McHan, of Fowler Springs Baptist Church won the banana pudding eating contest, but only after a run-off, ah...eat-off?...with Jonathan Smith of Pine Bluff Baptist Church.


Best ribs. The “best ribs” award went to Big Daddy’s BBQ of Warrior. That’s Paul “Big Daddy” Woodard himself holding the sign.“I wasn’t exactly intimidated by the guys from out-of-state, and I hadn’t done anything like this before, but I knew we had a good product, and it looks like some other folks thought so too,” Woodard said. Best ribs. The “best ribs” award went to Big Daddy’s BBQ of Warrior. That’s Paul “Big Daddy” Woodard himself holding the sign.“I wasn’t exactly intimidated by the guys from out-of-state, and I hadn’t done anything like this before, but I knew we had a good product, and it looks like some other folks thought so too,” Woodard said. Justin Butts of J. B. Pennington High School won the BBQ eating contest among county high school contestants.

Jason Carpenter of Susan Moore won the backyard BBQ cook-off.

Tommie Harris won the pie-eating contest.

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