Steve Carfrae (LTS BBQ) was set up at his usual spot on the street corner. I noticed members of the BAMBQ BBQ team were all sitting under his canopy having a lively conversation. Steve Slezak and Bryan Meyer (BAMBQ Head Cook) usually vend and compete here, but they had to bow out of the event due to Bryan having a bad condition of broken ribs.
I suggested to the group they should rename LTS BBQ to "Broken Rib BBQ." They liked it! Anyway, Bryan was in PAIN and his wife, Audrey, was very concerned. She warned him not to do anything physical so he can heal. Bryan, of course, accepted her demands. The dude was in pain, yet still showed up to help out Carfrae with some of his knowledge.
That's right. FAKE CHOW BBQ team mates Matty and Dusty said to me late Friday night, "Let's barter, man. Hey, bring us some of that famous potato salad of yours and we'll put together a nice big box of meats for ya." It sounded legit. I am in. BBQ meats for me!
I took their bait and faithfully on Saturday morning (August 20th at 11:45 am) I hand delivered to them a big helping of my potato salad (a half size aluminum pan to be exact). The day moved on and I judged for a couple of hours and took photos at awards time. Everyone was starting to pack up their competition gear and still nothing. Nada. It truly is FAKE CHOW.
Moving on to the awards. Congrats to 2 CASE BBQ for their Grand Champion win. Reserve Grand went to SMOKIN' MONKEY. 3rd overall went to SMOKIN' SUCKERS. FAKE CHOW BBQ nailed 4th place. Now I know what happened to my barter box. FAKE CHOW used the meat that I was supposed to get in their BBQ turn-in boxes. Well, I guess you can blame the BBQ judges for this win. :-) 5th overall went to SMOKIN CRITTERS.
FAKE CHOW BBQ'S MOTTO: "If your shit sucks, blame the judges."
TOP FIVE OVERALL WINNERS
TOP 3 CHICKEN
TOP 3 RIBS
TOP 3 PORK
TOP 3 BRISKET
Lyn Burks (KCBS BBQ Judge) gave me a cool clipboard to use for my judging score card. Very cool. Thanks, Lyn!
Nice job on your 10th year of running this contest, Francis Dutton. Thank you Ruby Vokaty for hosting the show all these years at Rubies Bar in Center Point, IA