The event was very well-organized, with free barbecue for attendees and an entertaining bluegrass band to keep the action lively. The amateur pit masters competed in both gas and charcoal categories, cooking ribs and chicken as well as desserts. I was extremely pleased to see Russ and Pat, my two favorite barbecue guys from the dearly departed Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box competing and begged them to get back in the business. (Like I do every time I see them. Pitiful.)
This also represented the only day all year where the Hearth and Grill Shop offers any sort of discount on their Big Green Eggs, so that's another reason to make sure you're part of the fun next year. In the end, the grand champion team was 3 Rusty Nails Bar B Q, with Team Manwagon and Mo-Bones About It rounding out the Top 3. You'd think after all the barbecue competitions I've attended as part of this job, I'd finally be over giggling at the punny pig names, but I'm not. Ash Holes ... heh. Smokin' Hot Grill-on-Grill Action ... snicker.