Located at LeClaire Park (downtown Davenport, Iowa), the contest is nestled right up along the Mississippi River. BBQ teams lined up on a very beautiful red brick lot, accented by white and gray brick trim throughout. Everything looks so clean and organized. Jaycees of the Quad Cities is off to a good start.
KCBS contest reps, Eugene and Sarah Wickham, welcomed all judges with a smile, along with event organizers Chris and Chad. I spoke with them briefly about BAR-B-QC. Here is a brief video clip...
It's important contests make every effort to have all Certified BBQ Judges who are trained to follow the KCBS rules. It's expensive to roll in a rig to a competition and having 100% Certified BBQ Judges creates a level playing ground for all competing. So KUDOS to Eugene and Sarah!
All BBQ judges received a free BAR-B-QC T-shirt which was pretty cool.
MEETING THE TEAMS
I had a great talk with Tory and Paula Ketelsen (T-Daddy's BBQ) and they even presented me with a bottle of their T-Daddy's BBQ Original BBQ Sauce. I added this to my BBQ Critic product revew list, so more on this later in the Fall when I launch that review section. It was great to see them win Grand Champion today, and a 180 in Chicken. Tory's reaction to that 180 was a joy to watch. Nice job team!
The pork category was very competitive based on my experience in the judge tent. Rick Stach and Tom Smith (Smitty's Smokehouse) rose to the top with a 180 win in pork. It was great hanging out with you at the contest. Congrats, guys!
The Jaycees of the Quad Cities and event organizers created a stellar event at LeClaire Park, executed with a fire of passion for their mission. A lot of great sponsors made this event happen including Midwest Grilling Supplies, a Davenport BBQ store I need to visit next time I am in the area.
Great job, BAR-B-QC! I will definitely be back next year.
-- BBQ CRITIC