This is the image of an intense bbq competitor at the 7th Annual Winners Circle BBQ Championship. This is also the face of Bill Sousa, half of the bbq team 'Big B's Down & Dirty" who won First Place in the brisket category. We just spent a fantastic weekend at the Santa Anita Race track judging our first contest of the year. We would love to share some images with you.
The image above is a generator to provide power. This contest charcoal and wood is allowed but some competitors have some very fancy rigs that need electrical power to run blenders , knives and various tools of comfort for their brief stay during competition. Our friend Kevin actually runs an essential Margarita machine that is very popular. This weekend brought out 78 teams. Most were parked in the infield of the race track while some of the larger rigs parked in the lot with these generators for their use.
The weather was a little unsettled this weekend. The skies were a little overcast and threatened a few drops of moisture but never delivered rain. This did not stop the crowds from enjoying championship bbq. There was music, craft vendors and do not forget we were right smack middle in a race track if you wanted to place a wager. This event takes place in a really special venue. All you have to do is look up and you will see thoroughbred horses racing around the track. This and the roar of the crowd just adds a magical feel to the air.
It is time for the awards ceremony. A couple of our friends took walks to the stage. "Son of Smoke' took first place in the chicken category. Bill & Yvonne of Big Bs' Down & Dirty the competitor in the first image took first place in the Brisket category. Big Poppa Smokers took the Grand Championship. Congratulations to our friends. Everyone was a winner today. This was our first and one of our favorite competitions of the year. Let the Competition Season begin.
One of my favorite venues! I will for sure make The Dierby a stop next time I'm there to have the exact same dinner you had and to get me some of that cheesecake!!!
Scott Simpson, We really missed you. Next year I will even buy you that piece of cheesecake at the Derby. You are on your own for the rest of the meal. I hope you get a chance to read tomorrow post about Musso & Frank
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