The Clayton BBQ Cook-Off rolled into town bigger and better than previous years. Each year more teams participate in this local bbq competition. Thirty one professional teams and 22 Backyard teams made this a full house at this popular event. The Professionals cook four meats consisting of; chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. The Backyard division competes with ribs and chicken. The Backyard division is a great way to show off your skills and get a lot of pointers from the pros. We were here to judge.
It was warm today with the thermometer most likely in the low nineties. We as judges were sequesters in an air conditioned room. Oh the sacrifices we make. The warmth did not stop the public from enjoying plenty of liquid libations and award winning barbeque. While the lip smacking rib eating public were enjoying food and refreshments they could listen to live music or stroll the main street and browse the local vendors.
This booth below was manned by our friends and fellow judges Tracy Allen and Scott Simpson. They were Ambassadors for the KCBS and CBBQA. The later is a California based bbq society. This was a popular booth becasuse everybody wants to be a judge. We can concur because we love to judge. Congratulations to Big Poppa Smokers for winning the Grand Championship for the Professional division. Congratulations to Smoke it Like It's Hot for winning the Backyard division. What a great day.