Each year, the National Barbecue Association has its Awards of Excellence competition, recognizing the best products in barbecue across 25 different categories. For the 2014 Awards of Excellence, over 500 entries were received! Results were announced at the 2014 NBBQA Conference in San Marcos, TX. Below are the top 5 entries in each of the 25 categories. Congratulations to all who placed!!
The KCBS competition season in the Carolinas officially kicked off on April 20th in Kings Mountain, NC with the Kings Mountain Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off. Nestled on the grounds of the walking track at the Kings Mountain Fire Museum approximately 35 minutes west of Charlotte, this event regularly draws some of the best teams in the region. This year was no exception, as 2012 reigning KCBS Team of the Year 3 Eyz BBQ made the trip down from Maryland to compete for a portion of the $10,400 prize money along with 54 additional teams, including regional juggernauts such as Two Old Men and a Grill and Checkered Pig.
Last year, I got to be a judge for Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main in Waxhaw, NC. Last year was the first year that the event was sanctioned by KCBS, and it was a very well run event from the judge’s perspective. I got to participate in the event this year (October 12-13), but now on the other side of the coin.
Day 3… the day of reckoning. This is the day when the gloves come off, and teams get down to the business of preparing turn-ins for their respective categories. I arrived on-site around 8:00 am, and I must say our hog was looking really, really good!
This past Saturday was a day that I have had circled on my calendar for most of the winter so far. It was the day that this BBQ judge came out of hibernation and got to taste BBQ from some of the best BBQ competition teams in the region. This past Saturday was the 16th Annual Kings Mountain Firehouse BBQ Contest. Forty three teams from the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and other states participated in this contest. The weather was perfect for the competition (with the exception of a small shower that came down well after turn-ins were complete).