Upon arriving at the contest site, Bubba Knapp (Bubba Q's) told me there was a team called Buster Doggle BBQ competing here. Buster Doggle? It almost sounded like Buster Dog BBQ crashed into a two-brother team called Boondoggle BBQ. Wait a minute. Could it be? Yep! They collided alright, but it was no accident.
Bob Denner, David Anderson, Dawn Anderson and Don Denner
As the event drew closer, Don decided to follow up with Dawn to make sure everything was still a go. Poor, Don. Instead of calling Dawn, they chose to phone text. Don recalls chuckling, “She wouldn't quit texting me while I was mowing the damn lawn. I had to stop the lawn mower about every ten feet because she kept texting me! I asked her since David is going to cook with us, would it be ok if we cook under the team name Buster Doggle BBQ. She came back with, 'Does that mean I get to cook chicken?' I said, hell yes! Let me talk to Bob about it.”
Brother Bob Denner responded with, “Oh, hell yeah - you betcha!”
Buster Doggle BBQ came together as a team and had a blast cooking together over the weekend. There were emotional times, too, as they remembered Rod. When awards time came, it was heart-tugging to watch them get calls. The team ended up winning 1st place in Ribs and 6th in Brisket. Oh, and the Chicken? It made the Top 10 and came in 7th.
Don Denner accepts trophy for 1st Place in Ribs
Buster Doggle BBQ ended up 5th place overall out of 62 teams thanks to everyone's contributions. Bob said, "This doesn't have to be a one event thing. Dawn and David are welcome to join us any time.”
and had a blast cooking together over the weekend.
There were emotional times, too, as they remembered Rod.
I hope to see Buster Doggle BBQ compete together again in the near future. I'm sure Rod is looking down from Heaven and smiling on his BBQ family.
All of them.
– BBQ Critic
David, Dawn and Rod Anderson
Smokin' in the Junction 2010 - West Des Moines, Iowa