The grills were fired up and smoke wafted up in waves as bystanders, family and friends gathered round the pit areas where seven competing teams prepared their entries for the judges to sample. This was the first big barbecue challenge of the year and the prizes were significant. Cash, a big bbq grill, a nice big trophy, and a bottle of Jack Daniel's, one of the event's main sponsors.
The three meats that were grilled and judged were Chicken, Pork, and Beef, and they were judged on APPEARANCE, TENDERNESS/TEXTURE, and TASTE.
This is the first time that there were 3 KCBS-certified judges doing the judging. KCBS is the abbreviation for the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which is one of the foremost BBQ event holders in the country.
It was a close competition and nearly every team placed at least once. Below are the rankings:
1st - Triple J
2nd - Team Adobo
3rd - GCC
1ST - GCC
2ND - Team Balaku
3rd - Team Adobo
1ST - Team Balaku
2nd - GCC
3rd - PROA
The GRAND PRIZE WINNER WAS GCC!! Congrats to Chef Paul Kerner, who is 2 for 2 (last year's winner)! Congrats to all the participants in this year's event. We're looking forward to next year's BBQ competition!