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Pros & Joes BBQ Contest Winners Were Smokin’

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Downtown Redding was smokin’ Saturday with the aroma of barbecued chicken, ribs, tri tip and even poppers as 31 grillers and smokers competed during the first Pros ‘n’ Joes BBQ Grilldown. You read Adam Mankoski’s preview article, which described this first-year event. Judging by the turn-out, I’d expect to see this event return next year.

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Hundreds of people paid $10 each for the chance to sample some of the north state’s best grilled foods.

A few dozen judges – including yours truly – judged the event, which, as I’m fond of saying, is a lot harder than it sounds.

Yes, the food was delicious (with the exception of an inedible cayenned item), but as with any food judging effort, it was a tough call. We judges had no clue whose food we were judging, which is the most fair way to do it. We judged on appearance, taste and tenderness.

While we judges spent the afternoon tasting meat grilled by both regular “Joes” and “Pros”  – the crowds listened to wonderful music, sampled food, drank beer and soda and bought grilling supplies and rubs.

The weather was warm and beautiful, and the streets were packed with people who seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Eventually, though, the scores were tallied and the awards presented. Some winners received money, others received trophies, and yet others received a ribbon.

The winners were:

Joes – Tri Tip

5th place: Ready Electric BBQ

4th place: Gridiron Grillers

3rd place: Chicken on a Stick

2nd place: Byrd’s BBQ

1st place: Kickin’

 

Pros Tri Tip

5th place: Barbecue Patriots

4th place: Bad S BBQ

3rd place: Grandma’s Favorite BBQ & Catering

2nd place: Dill’s Grill & Smokehouse

1st place: Smokin’ Bill’s BBQ

Joes – Chicken

5th place: Ready Electric

4th place: BC Stoneage BBQ

3rd place: Smokey and the Po-Po

2nd place: Kickin’

1st place: Chicken on a Stick

 

Pros – Chicken

5th place: Dill’s Grill & Smokehouse

4th place: BJ’s Backwoods BBQ

3rd place: Barbecue Patriots

2nd place: Mr Applejacks

1st place: Bad S BBQ

Joes – Ribs

5th place: Oilar Brothers BBQ

4th place: Smokin’ Joe’s

3rd place: UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker) Ninjas

2nd place: Beyond Limitations

1st place: Smokey and the Po-Po

Pros – Ribs

5th place: Barbecue Patriots

4th place: Market St. Steakhouse

3rd place: C.R. Gibbs

2nd place: Bad S BBQ

1st place: Mr. Applejacks

 

Joes – Grand Champion: Chicken on a Stick
Pros – Grand Champion: Bad S BBQ
People’s Choice award: Dill’s Grill & Smokehouse

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Photos by anewscafe.com’s Paul Heath and Adam Mankoski.

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Independent online journalist Doni Greenberg founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Prior to 2007 Greenberg was an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, CA.

Doni Chamberlain

Doni Chamberlain

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.

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