|Judge's sampling the 'que.|
|Me and my love!|
|Jim Duffey entertains.|
|A full yard of barbecue!|
Each year it seems, teams are taking this competition more and more seriously. I think that's worth a loving slap on the ass. I see teams coming better prepared, making dishes that are more planned out and complex. We have teams coming with professionally made banners and t-shirts, and truly embracing the balance between having fun and competing. That's what this event was always meant to be. Making new friends over some cold brews, great barbecue, good music, and having a little spirit of competition to make it interesting. I hope we will continue to keep that spirit growing.
1st Place went to House Targaryen Dragon Breath BBQ with their Maple Beef Brisket
2nd Place was Naked Bastards BBQ with Simply BBQ Chicken with Bacon Mac 'n Cheese
3rd Place taken by No Name with their Pork Tenderloin
|Dragon's Breath BBQ, Naked Bastards BBQ, and No Name|
1st Place was Moeller Meat and Sweet BBQ with their Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Coleslaw
Judge's Choice Honorable Mention went to Second Hand Smokers with Frank's BA Ribs
Judge's Choice Best Side Dish went to House Targaryen Dragon Breath BBQ with their Potato Pancake with Goat Cheese Sour Cream
|Moeller Meat and Sweet BBQ, and Second Hand Smokers|
1st Place went to Danielle Weber
|Danielle 1st, Jillian and Lily 2nd, and Jen 3rd|
This was the first year we actually asked for donations to help us with the costs of the paper goods and beer. It's not about the money for us, but shit people, you drink like you'll never see another beer in your life! Everyone proved to be exceptionally generous, and after covering a portion of costs, we were able to make a donation to Pets Alive (formally Buffalo Humane) on everyone's behalf.
Special Thank You To:
Jim, Dave and Roger for entertaining us with music throughout the day.
Kelly and Alyssa for tending bar and keeping the drinks flowing.
Don, Barb and Rich for judging all our amateur entries.
Erin for running the judging contest and keeping us on track.
Jill for organizing and running the cookie contest.
Mom and Dad, Mary and Danny, John, Kathy and Jen who donated gift baskets.
Melissa and Bill for counting the voting ballots.
Joe and John for loaning us tables, tents and chairs.
John, Mark and Frank who helped with yard clean up Sunday morning while I had to be in Rochester with Carter for a hockey game. What a tremendous help!
See everyone next year!