Annual BBQ Contest: Mmm Mmm Good!

Labor Day Weekend: A time for relaxation, catching some sun and of course, that American food staple the barbecue!

The kings and queens of the grill engaged in friendly but hardworking competition for a ribbon prize (first, second and third) and showed their skills to Fair guests and judges alike. Each entry smelled and looked delicious, whether it was ribs, a plump chicken or some delicious looking shrimp!

The judges taking notes on the many entries for the contest.

The four categories were Fish, Poultry, Beef and Pork. Prizes were also offered for Best Use of Wood and Best in Show.

1st Place in Fish - Scott Kushman, Orange, CA

 

First place winner of the fish category. This is Scott’s 23rd year in the barbecue contest. His spicy Louisiana Lightening shrimp jambalaya recipe made him a most deserving recipient of his prize. In addition to his winning recipe he also created a delicious peach dump cake.

 


John Palomino from Chino, CA won first place in the poultry category. His barbecued duck, grilled to perfect and doused in honey orange glaze made for a savory display. The judges also enjoyed his fruit puree. Raul Mergiua blew the judges away with his many tasty creations. After receiving first place for his barbecued pork, Raul also won Best In Show for his jalapeƱo and cilantro mayo stuffed corn on the cob and his poppers consisting of yellow chiles, bacon, shrimp and cream cheese blend.

Raul Mergiua

Joshua Newman-Gomez, hailing all the way from Victorville, CA took first place for his flavorful jalapeno-citrus beef ribs and Bud Hart won Best Use of Wood for his creativity and expertise in creating flavors on the grill including whole beef tri-tip, bacon-wrapped potatoes and baked peaches. All in all, a successful (and yummy) contest!

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