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on the River was a HOT competition
|September 14, 2002
Rogers, Great American Cookouts
Photos by Frank Boyer,
Laughlin, NV -- The competition was promoted by Great American
Cookouts and was held on Casino Drive in the parking lot of
the sponsor, the Edgewater Hotel/Casino. Thirteen barbecue
teams from California, Arizona, and Nevada competed for the
$9000 in prize money.
A digital thermometer read 118 degrees on a table in the
shade. The LCD readout on KCBS Rep John Hopkins’ new atomic
clock on the turn-in table was unreadable and had to be put on
ice to bring it back to life.
The contestants began arriving on Thursday, but all had to
wait to set up. On Friday morning the land rush began as the
cooks, casino food and beverage workers, band, vendors and
promoters converted a parking lot into a barbecue event. The
cook's goodie bags were handed out.
The cook’s meeting was held in the casino’s buffet,
where the trophies everyone was there to capture were on
display. Everyone enjoyed the food and the air conditioning.
Back outside everyone was prepping meat and firing up the pits
while watching a daring few get up on the mechanical bull. The
bull was an attraction because the Professional Bull Riders
Invitational arena was just up the street.
Saturday morning arrived with a marvelous sunrise and clear
blue skies. Frank Boyer conducted part of the judges meeting
with John Hopkins looking on. KCBS Certified judges from as
far away as Cedar Rapids, Iowa were mixed with a few casino
employees to fill out the ranks for 3 tables of judges.
As the turn-ins started to arrive the temperature climbed to
114 under the judges tent. Thank God for that 10-15 mph
northern breeze, lots of water and ice or the contestants
would have been climbing into their smokers to stay cool.
When the judging was complete and all scores tallied, Asleep
at the Grill won the Grand Champion by a large margin. They
took a 1st place in both chicken and ribs followed by a 2nd
place in pork and brisket. Just as a side note, Asleep at the
Grill cooked all their entries on two 22-inch Weber Kettles.
Asleep at the Grill team members included chief cook Vic
Sessions, Sharon Takeshiga and Dan Brown.
|Asleep At The Grill accepts their
award. L to R Dan, Sharon, Dawn the Trophy Girl, Vic,
KCBS rep John Hopkins and Karen Williams, with the
Another cbbqa team, Lakeside BBQ with Dean Hayes and Billy
Bruggema, took a 1st in brisket and 3rd place overall.
|L to R Dawn, Dean , John and Billy.
Lakeside BBQ celebrates after cooking their very first
1st place brisket. Now, is Dean's smile so wide
because of the win or that he's got his arm around
It was no surprise to the California barbecue crowd that
Haywood and Eva Harris, The Rib Doctor, won 1st place in pork.
Haywood and Eva were helped this contest by two new cooking
teams, Karl and Jennifer Stumps of Darby
team and Cedric and Delores Ross of Smoking D's team.
|The Rib Doctor BBQ Team at the awards
ceremony celebrating yet another first in pork.
Now why is Eva holding that big check when Haywood
cooked the pork? L to R Karl,
Cedric, Haywood, Delores, Eva, and Jennifer.
Holy Smoke! It’s Adam’s Ribs was the Reserve Champion
followed closely by Lakeside BBQ’s 3rd place Overall.
Special thanks go out to Karen Williams of the Edgewater
Hotel/Casino for all her hard work and to John Hopkins, Frank
Boyer and Patrick Barber for all their work with the
contestants and judges in the officiating of the contest.
|Jack Rogers, Event Coordinator, Dawn
and John Hopkins, KCBS Representative.
Next year we are looking forward to a cooler time of year.
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