This weekend was an off weekend for me, so I decided to go and check out the 2012 BBQ Capital Cook-Off in Lexington, NC. This contest is about an hour from where I live. This contest featured 50 teams from all over the country (and the world, but I’ll get to that later).
Last year I had the privilege of helping cook in this contest with my friend John Shepard from Sir Porkalot BBQ. While I may not have been with a team this year, that did not make this contest any less enjoyable. I got to catch up with fellow judges who were judging today. I also had the opportunity to meet fellow blogger Derek from The “Q” Review as well as visit with some friends who were competing (such as Rob Marion from 2 Worthless Nuts).
This contest also featured a team from Australia!! In speaking with them, I learned that a contest was held to find the best grillers in Australia, and the reward for being selected was coming to the US to compete!
It was also a chance to visit with one of my favorite sauce makers – Nephew’s BBQ. Not only was Paul slingin’ sauce, but he was also competing in 2 categories today – ribs and chicken.
Oh yeah, and this small show called BBQ Pitmasters was filming their season finale there. I know who the teams in the finals are, but I’m not telling. Needless to say, you will be pleased.
And, of course, who am I to miss an opportunity to converse and get a picture with the Man in Black himself? I also got to meet and greet with Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, one of the judges on this season of BBQ Pitmasters.
On to the results… a special congratulations goes out to my friends Darrin and Donna Vasseur of D&D Hickory Hogs for their 1st place in ribs and 4th place overall! Screamin’ Nite Hog BBQ took Grand Champion, with Smoke This taking reserve by just over a point. The top 10 overall results are below as well as the top 10 for each category.
1. Screamin Nite Hog BBQ – 684.5714
2. Smoke This – 683.4288
3. Killer B’s BBQ – 681.1428
4. D and D Hickory Hogs – 677.1426
5. Pickin’ Porkers – 677.1426
6. Camel City Smokers – 674.8570
7. Two Old Men and a Grill – 673.1426
8. The Smokehouse Mafia – 669.1424
9. Iron Pig BBQ – 669.1424
10. Carolina BBQ Co. – 668.5712
Full results can be found on the KCBS website.