Barbecue enthusiasts put skills to the test during annual BBQ Bash
By J.J. Kindred | (email@example.com)
Barbecue enthusiasts and serious grillers put their skills to work during the sixth annual Big BBQ Bash Saturday at the Shed on West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.
The event benefitted the Helen Ross McNabb Center, which provides outpatient mental health care services in Blount County and Knoxville. Thirty-two teams competed in the event, twice the amount of last year, according to officials.
The overall prize for the event went to the Firehouse Smokers, where they won a $1,000 first place prize. A $500 second place prize went to the Butt Rubbers, with Lake Head Fred BBQ winning the $250 third place prize.
The Backyard Boyz won the $150 fourth place prize, while Cosmic Pig took in $125 for fifth place.
Participating groups won cash prizes for individual barbecue categories, including:
• Chicken: 1st Prize — $750: Butt Rubbers; 2nd Prize-$375: Lake Head Fred BBQ; 3rd Prize-$200: Firehouse Smokers
• Ribs: 1st Prize — $750: Staley Marble; 2nd Prize-$375: Uncultured Swine; 3rd Prize-$200: Southern Smokers
• Pulled Pork: 1st Prize — $750: Cosmic Pig; 2nd Prize-$375: Sweet Smoke BBQ; 3rd Prize-$200: Backyard Boyz
• Anything But winner: The Smokin’ Double Ds
“We had amateur barbecue teams from all over Blount County and Knoxville, and they wanted to prove who can do the best barbecue,” said Emily Scheuneman, public relations coordinator for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. “It was a great turnout from the community, and the teams’ friends and family came to enjoy some barbecue.
“The people from Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson and anyone who came in the store were also able to come and enjoy the festivities,” Scheuneman said.
Leadership Blount originally created the event in one of its legacy groups, and continued it with strong support from the community for the Helen Ross McNabb Center.
“Our neighbors in the area need those services,” Scheuneman said. “We’re happy to continue to get more and more community support. It’s very important to us. All of our programs are community-based, and it’s nice to have the support.”
New to the Big BBQ Bash was the Pigskin Challenge, where high school coaches and members of their respective football teams competed in the barbecue challenge, alongside the 32 teams. Maryville High School was victorious in the challenge, over other participating schools including Alcoa, Heritage, William Blount and Greenback High Schools.
A bike show was also added as a new event this year. The Steel Kickin’ Band provided all-day musical entertainment for the event.