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This past weekend, Charlotte rolled out the welcome mat to some of the top Memphis Barbecue Network teams in the country for Time Warner Cable BBQ and Blues. This will mostly be a picture montage. If you want to see more photos from the event (as well as possibly a recap from a judge’s perspective), go visit the blog of my friend Steve Gibbs at http://q4fun.blogspot.com.
Thursday during lunch rewarded the first 300 people to the Wells Fargo Atrium during lunch (of which I was one of the first 300) with free BBQ from one of 2 Charlotte-area vendors — Mac’s Speed Shop and Rock Store Bar-B-Q. Everyone there was also treated to a concert and gumbo courtesy of Bill Wharton, better known as the Sauce Boss.
The event itself started on Friday. Teams loaded in Friday morning, and the venue was opened to the public Friday afternoon. I took off immediately after work to get a decent parking place. The layout of the venue had the competing teams (both in the professional and backyard divisions) situated caddy-cornered from the vending areas and other attractions.
Since I was only able to attend on Friday, I decided to go around and take a few photos. (The gallery will contain some of the photos already shown above)
Results from the competition can be found at http://www.charlottebbqandblues.com/competitions/2011-team-placements/. The results only show the top 5 for each of the professional categories and the top 3 for each category in the backyard division.