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Champion pitmasters get their due at Praise the Lard competition


Champion pitmasters get their due at Praise the Lard competition

September 28, 2013 12:00 am  •  

MURPHYSBORO — A record 84 teams from 14 states set up camp around the 17th Street Barbecue Warehouse to compete for Grand Champion and a share of $25,000 in prize money. Judges, volunteers and ambassadors traveled from TKTK states. Named by Food & Wine magazine as one of America’s top 20 barbecue cities, Murphysboro and 17th Street Barbecue are prime barbecue destinations.

“We were thrilled to welcome people to Murphysboro and Southern Illinois,” Mike Mills, owner of 17th Street Barbecue and one of the event’s original founders, said in a news release. “The competition was as fierce as ever. This year’s Grand Champion, in addition to their share of the prize money, won entry to the World Food Championships taking place in Las Vegas in November, and is entered into the coveted Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest draw.”

It also marked the sixth year of a dual-sanctioned event with teams cooking both the Memphis Barbecue Network and Kansas City Barbecue Society contests.

Of the 84 competing teams, nine were MBN sanctioned teams, 61 KCBS teams and 14 teams cooked in both categories

New to this year’s line-up, “Townsend Spice Kids’ Que” featured teams competing for Best Burger. Competitors between ages of 7 and 11 and 12 and 15 were provided with 1.5 pounds of hamburger meat, charcoal and a mini-grill. The judging was based on appearance, tenderness/texture and taste.

Here are the results from this years competition:

MBN Grand Champion: Victory Lane BBQ


1) All in Que

2) Boar’s Night Out

3) Firehouse BBQ

4) Serial Grillers

5) Diamond D Cooking Team


1) Victory Lane BBQ

2) Serial Grillers

3) Gwatney Championship BBQ

4) Twyford BBQ & Catering

5) Will-B-Que BBQ Team


1) Victory Lane BBQ

2) F.B.I. BBQ

3) Gwatney Championship BBQ

4) Party Q

5) Twyford BBQ & Catering

KCBS Grand Champion: TRUEBUD

KCBS Reserve Grand Champion: Killer Hogs


1) Back Porch Que

2) Jugs BBQ

3) One2BBQ


5) Boss Hog BBQ

6) A Boy & His BBQ

7) Boars’ Night Out

8) Team Enoserv


10) Bubba Joe’s BBQ



2) Gilly’s BBQ

3). One2BBQ

4) Gwatney Championship BBQ

5) It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere

6) TR’s Up in Smoke

7) Killer Hogs

8) Squealer’s Award-Winning BBQ

9) Hickory Pit Stop

10) Big O’ Dang O’ BBQ


1) Meadow Valley BBQ

2) Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ

3). All In Que

4) Desperado’s Barbecue

5) Redneck Grillers

6) Bubba Joe’s BBQ

7) Team Enoserv

8) Killer hogs

9) Sexy Q

10) It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere


1) Killer Hogs with a perfect 180 score

2) Black Iron BBQ


4) Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ

5) A Boy & His BBQ

6) Sonny’s Competition Team

7) Smokin’ T’s

8) Squealer’s Award-Winning BBQ

9) The Flying Pigs

10) The Flying Burritos

Townsend Spice Kids’ Que

Age 7-11 : Hott Pink Hogs

Age 12-15: Jared Bastien 

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