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.

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Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. 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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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Viki Twyman says:

    We had a great time and everything we tasted was delicious. I especially LOVED the pulled pork sliders by Dill's Deli. Yum!!!

  2. Avatar James and Lisa says:

    A full day at the lake.

    We came home and just didn't want to cook.

    We heated up a few cans of Trader Joes organic baked beans. We took all the extra tri tip from our judging and cut it into cubes and mixed it with the beans.

    It was one of the best meals I've ever had. Every bite was a new tri tip taste.

    I have a hunch there will be a line a mile long for judges next year!

  3. Avatar Troy Hawkins says:

    This was an amazing event. Food was grubbin', people were nice, beer was cold, and best of all we had a blast. DO NOT miss this event next year.

  4. Avatar Diana McConnel says:

    I know this is slightly off topic but Doni you look cute as a bug in the BBQ Judging photo. At a glance Liza Mannelli ! (but better!) 🙂

  5. Avatar Jim W. says:

    I look forward to next years competition except the next time I will be smokin' if all goes right.

    My compliments to everyone that was out there grillin and smokin you all out did yourselves.

    Oh and to the guys from the Anderson Rotary "Great Beans Guys"

    I would like to see a side dish catagory next time for those of us that like to go all out with all the fixins….

  6. Avatar BBQ Coach says:

    That was a great turnout. Thanks for doing a great job with the judging! I loved James's HAT!!!