Peace, Love and BBQ is what it was all about in Cameron Park California this weekend. Sunny skies greeted this barbeque competition situated around a small scenic lake. Tie dye and sixties garb was the preferred costume of the day. Ms. Goofy got into the spirit and even added another t-shirt to her collection Thirty nine professional teams cooked the four meats of: Chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder and brisket. Today there was a special division called the “Backyard Division”. These competitors only cooked chicken and ribs. Whatever was cooking, a delicious smoky haze of flavor permeated the event grounds. You could not stop the drool and anticipation of tasting some of the best barbeque to be found.
The public was treated to crafts and music to entertain while tasting the barbeque. There was a special area full of slides and jumpy things for the children. The hungry crowd was allowed to taste and vote for the Peoples Choice award. Smiles and barbeque sauce was plastered over the faces of everyone. This was a great way to sample competition style barbeque. I always get a kick out of seeing all the different cookers. You will notice the camouflage barbeque cover. I am still trying to figure that one out.
Ms. Goofy and I were wearing our judge’s badges today. I was also wearing a three week growth of facial hair. Ms. Goofy and I were sitting at different judging tables as required by KCBS rules. We did work out a hand gesture signal so she could tell me when barbeque sauce was all over my hairy mug. It is possible a couple of planes landed with all the hand gestures Ms. Goofy was sending. What a wonderful task we have of judging such tasty and delicious food. Once again we were not disappointed with today’s entries.
‘Ribstock, Peace, Love and BBQ” is a great event. A special shout out to Ed Anhorn who coordinated this fun festival and competition. The Grand Champion winner today was “Big B’s Down N Dirty BBQ”. We would like to mention our friend, Donna Fong from ‘Butchers Daughter BBQ, took first place in brisket. This is her rookie year and she is a rising star. Everybody this weekend was a star!