BBQ winners

Neither rain nor wind can stop the cooking of good meat

Staff Writer

Hartselle Enquirer

 

The annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off went on as scheduled Sat., July 30 even though the wind and rain tried to put a damper on the event around 1:00 p.m. This was the biggest turnout for the cook-off in the history of the event. There were 60 teams competing for prizes and money payouts during the two-day event.

Included were 27 backyard teams and 33 pro teams. Included in the backyard competitors were several local competitors.

For the first time there were attractions for those who just wanted to come into Hartselle. There were food vendors and vendors selling their goods for those who visited the event.

There was also a Kid-Que for the first time ever with several children participating. Local State Farm Agent Chad Hughey donated the funds to make this event possible.

Hartselle Chamber President, Danielle Gibson thanked all who worked to make the event possible and hopes to continue to grow the event and bring more people into Hartselle to experience what the city has to offer.  “I am pleased with the results we had this year and we will be making plans to have an even bigger event next year,” Gibson remarked.

Several of the out of town competitors talked about how much they enjoyed coming to Hartselle each year, especially the hospitality they are shown when they are here. “Hartselle always hosts a great event,” one of the pro teams remarked.

Winners taking top awards were:

Grand Champion Backyard – “Beer Pressure” from Owens Crossroads, Ala.

Reserved Grand Champion – “Hell on Squeals” from Meridianville, Ala.

Grand Champion Pro was “Hickory Prime” from Dohlonega, Ga.

Reserved Grand Champion Pro was “Smoke Me Silly” from Madison, Ala.

There were several huge competitors who participated including a team in the top 14 in the nation.

 

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