Menu / Flyer
Catering & Wedding Info
BBQbyDan Testimonials

Contact BBQbyDan
Sponsor BBQbyDan


BBQ Events & Doings
BBQ Contests & Past Info
Recipes, Smoking Meats
Recipes, My Favorites
Military Charitable Events
BBQbyDan Web Index

   BBQbyDan Seasonings
& Rubs - Purchased here


 FAQ, BBQ-Info-Files

 FAQ, BBQ-Info-On-line

 Feedback-Info Request


KCBS BBQ Cook-Off Info
Links, BBQ & Related


Pictures, BBQ

 Pictures, Food

 Pictures, People

Recipes, Smoking Meats
Recipes (50,000+)

Recipes, My Favorites

Recipes, Grilling
BBQbyDan Event
Web Site Index





Simple Green Cleaning Products are used exclusively by
Team BBQbyDan



    Collapsible Windproof  Chafing Dishes,  Wind Guards, Chafing Dish Skirts, Chafer Safety Barrier, Induction and Butane Cooker Guards.  

































California BBQ Association (CBBQA)
Q-Fest 2013
East Shore RV, Lake Puddingstone
San Dimas California

< Q-Fest, 2013 Work-Sheet >






...................... Provided by Matt Dalton

SMOKED COLD CUTS...... Abel Tirre
 Things like ...SAUSAGE, SALAMI, CHEESE, LOX,                   NUTS, OLIVES, CRACKERS,ETC

 ..................... Tim and Diana McDonald

GARLIC BREAD.......... Dan & Barbara Cannon
PISTACHIO SALAD....... Ardith & Ted Richardson

PASTA SALAD........... Adam Hollman

GREEN SALAD .......... Ted & Ardith Richardson
GARLIC BREAD.......... Dan & Barbara Cannon

COLESLAW.............. Jack Lester
DESSERT ITEM.......... Bill Keys, Tropical Heat
BIG CAKE ............. John & Claran Romachuck


SAUSAGE GRAVY & ROLLS. Dan & Barbara Cannon
CORN BEEF HASH........ Jack Lester

EGGS.................. Ardith & Ted Richardson
BRAKFAST MEATS........ Steve Madaule
FRESH STRAWBERRIES.... Dale & Tammy Ginos
Abel Tirre

There were soooooo many more great entree's
brought by others... I just could not keep
track of it all.  Sorry for not noting it here
and thank you for all the great entree's
everybody brought.

BBQ Joe Miles Debbie & Tammy Bill Keyes, inducted into the
CBBQA HOF for year 2013
Ardith, Kim, Steve   Harry Soo, Miranda, & Donna Fong (right)
recipient of  the
California BBQ Association 
Presidential Award!
 Ryan Malone and Henry Silvestre
  John, he and Claran, his wife, came from Kansas City Missouri, and have done so for the last two years... and already reserved their spot for Q-Fest 2014.  Thanks John and Claran for all your support over the years !!!
Me ( Dan Cannon) making Sausage & Biscuit Gravy for Breakfast Saturday
Breakfast is served !
  Breakfast is served !
  Breakfast is served !
  There's a rare sighting  !!!
Barb, my wife (on right)
Claran Romachuk on left
  Larry Hill's Jerky making Seminar
Ground beef squeezed out through
Sausage making cannon
Larry Hills Jerky making Seminar Beef, sliced, doused in marinade, and put in smoker
  Dinner, served at 14:00  
  Dinner, served at 14:00
Dinner, served at 14:00
  Everybody enjoying dinner


BEEF TRITIP........... Abel Tirre
TEXAS CHILI........... Del King

PORK BUTTx2........... Stephan Franklin

PORK CHOPS............ Steve Madaule, Ardith & Ted

BEEF CLOD ............ Dale & Tammy Ginos

MOINK BALLS........... Bill Keyes
BBQ Spaghetti ........ Harry Soo

SALSA & CHIPS........... 
COLESLAW................ Jack Lester
DIRTY RICE.............. Dan & Barbara Cannon
MACARONI & CHEESE....... Jack Lester
PISTACHIO SALAD......... Ted & Ardith Richardson

CHILI................. Steve Madaule

  Awards Ceremony
  Stephan Franklin -
DID VERY WELL in 2012!!!
Left Coast Q, 1st place
Team of the YEAR 2012
Left Coast Q, 1st place, Team of the Year - 2012
recipients of the Team of the YEAR living trophy, in hand,
passed on from Harry Soo, Slap Your Daddy BBQ

Kim Walton awarding Andy Soto the
Brent Walton Memorial Award !

  California BBQ Association - 2012,

Kim Walton presented to, and standing with recipients Ric Gilbert and  Andy Soto
Ric & Andy both received the inaugural  2012 Brent Walton Memorial Award !
Inscribed as follows:
This award is presented to you
because your peers believe that you
best represent the great qualities
that made Brent who he was.
You have demonstrated excellence in competition,
a devotion to community service, and a tireless
energy for spreading the love of
barbeque to any and all.
We are grateful for your continued
presence in our barbeque family.

California BBQ Association - 2012,

Presented to recipient Donna Fong
Inscribed as follows:
In recognition of your efforts in leading
content creation for the CBBQA web site,
spearheading the creation of the BBQ
Sauce review committee, and donating
your time to curriculum development
and delivery for the inaugural
California BBQ Institute
classes. We are grateful for your
dedicated Service.
     California BBQ Association Q-Fest 2013


East Shore RV, Lake Puddingstone

San Dimas, California


Donna Fong posted the below write-up  reference to her experience at the 2013 Q-Fest.  Thanks Donna, VERY NICE !

Each year the California BBQ Association celebrates the close of a competition year in Southern California at the East Shore RV park next to Lake Puddingstone in San Dimas, California. The park is within the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park. This was my second year at QFest and each time I am surprised at how many unfamiliar faces I meet. The top teams from SoCal who have earned one of the top 10 spots in each category or top 20 overall are likely to attend along with a few teams from up north. KCBS representatives, CBBQA board members past and present, BBQ judges and long time CBBQA members join in on the activities. You don’t have to be involved in competition to be welcomed. You just have to enjoy barbecue. The children of competitors and an unusually high volume of dogs are welcomed at Puddingstone. Hall of Fame member, Dan Canon, can bring up to four dogs I’ve heard.
Dan has organized the event and has done so for 17 years. Attendees if they have a camper can spend the weekend overlooking the San Gabriel Valley which is green and lush at this time of year. You don’t have to be a farmer to know green means plenty of rain. On Friday, there was some rain but Saturday was spared and clear enough to see the wide valley below us. Considering the Northeast was being hit hard with 2-3 feet of snow at the same time, we really didn't have much to complain about.
Puddingstone is one of the few RV campgrounds that will allow visitors to use smokers and an open fire making it the perfect setting for QFest. Almost everyone in attendance knew who has won an award that is the achievement of a year of hardwork and tough cooking.
Steve Madule of All Hogs Go to Heaven always brings his fifth wheel and the Brazen boys made good use of it cooking pork jowls and pork loin (which were both delicious). John and Brad really know how to cook pork. After all, they did place 1st in the category this year.
Dale Ginos gave a talk on how to prepare a dish he has known since childhood, beef clod. It was served for Saturday dinner and was as good as I had tasted in Austin two months prior.
The Woodhouse Barbecue team was once again unable to travel down because it was Valentine’s Day and thus one of the busiest times of the season. However, Dave Malone received plenty of boxes of chocolate, as he did last year, and dutifully passed them around with his rib trophy winning son, Ryan. When asked if he plans to do any more cooking this year, Ryan didn’t even hesitate and answered yes! You have to be 16 years of age to judge a BBQ contest but there is no age minimum on cooking.
Our new ToY Commissioner, Abel Tierre, was in attendance. Good thing he was there because a brand new team was already present to check out the BBQ landscape. Board member, Ric Gilbert and Scott Hares drove down in Ric’s truck from San Jose with the ToY trophies. It wasn’t an easy trek since the grapevine was closed overnight due to snow. But they made it well before our 3:30PM potluck supper.
The center of QFest is mapped out quite preciously by three landmarks. There is a ring of folding chairs which surround a permanent fire pit that burns continuously. Next to the fire is the All Hogs fifth wheel. And between the fire and the fifth wheel is a wooden picnic table with two benches that traditionally holds the ToY trophies. This year, Scott Hares presented the awards and Dave helped.
To the tradition, a new one was added this year and that was the shot of alcohol with the acceptance of an award. Mind you, that’s 10 places * 4 meats + 20 overall places = 60 shots.
At least half of the awards were in absentia, so since this was Dave Malone’s great idea, he took one for EACH missing team. We watched Dave’s shade deepen as we approached the brisket category. Scott only took a shot once in a while, moderating his drink wisely. Tom Moore must have felt bad for Dave towards the end because he took a shot for Who’s Smokin Now 7th place overall finish.
First in chicken went to Dave Malone of All Sauced Up. The joke shouted from the crowd was by Moe who said Dave was REALLY All Sauced up this time. First in ribs went to Richard and Michelle Holguin of Cecil's Smok'n BBQ. First in pork went to John Bracamonte and Brad Thomas of Brazen BBQ. First in brisket went to Matt Dalton of Left Coast Q.
The top five overall spots were all familiar names. Tied for 4th overall were John and Tracy Anderson of Woodhouse Barbecue who won Silicon Valley, Brentwood and Lakeport contests and Harry Soo of Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ who won Pechanga and Santa Anita contests. 3rd was Dave Malone of All Sauced Up who won Long Beach, Vista and Lancaster contests. 2nd was Bill and Yvonne Souza of Big B's Down & Dirty BBQ who won Bakersfield and Penn Valley contests.
This year’s Rookie of the Year was decisively Jerry Aguilar of Burnin and Lootin (who also took 6th overall for the year). Never has a rookie team dominated a field the way Jerry has done. Not only did he win RoY but he did so with two grand championships wins, one of which was the largest contest in the history of California BBQ (Dana Point). Jerry may better be known as Smokin and Winnin going forward.
This year’s California Team of the Year was Left Coast Q from Banning, CA. Matt Dalton and his team (Moe Lyons, Matthew Dalton Jr. and James Miranda) were 21st overall in KCBS US ranking with 3 GC (Kristie’s, Wildomar and Vista’s Little Engine), 4 RGC and had placed 1st in a category 8 times (3 times in chicken and 2 times in pork and 3 times in brisket).
Team member, Moe says that they plan on cooking in more long distance contests for 2013 into neighboring states which is only natural and right for California’s finest team for the year.
After the ToY award and perpetual trophy were given to Left Coast Q, there were still three more trophies to be awarded. The Presidential service award was given to me for my contribution to CBBQA website and my involvement in the sauce review committee and to developing the CBBQA BBQ Institute. The clear flame acrylic trophy is something that I will always treasure.
Next, Kim Walton and Dan Cannon, walked up to the picnic table and presented the Brent Walton award which was given out for the first time. The award is given to a recipient who best honors Brent’s generous spirit and his role as an ambassador of BBQ. As Kim stood in front of us, her personal loss overwhelmed her strength for the moment. As her eyes welled, so did ours. No words can describe how much Brent meant to the California BBQ community and more importantly, to Kim. When one is among friends who understands the scope of the grief, it is easier to cry. And at the moment, we all really understood.
Dan cleared his throat, took in a deep breath and described the nature of the award and said how the recipient emulates the spirit of a man whom he loved. Andy Soto’s name was called and he shook his head as he walked up to Kim and Dan, not believing the incredible distinction he had just been given. Andy described the man he knew and thanked everyone. Matt Dalton chimed in and thanked Andy for being the first person who welcomed him into BBQ. I nodded my head in agreement as the very same was true for me at Havasu 2010. Actually, Andy welcomed me on the forum and said to come by and say hello at the contest. Well, besides my neighbors, Andy walked right up to my tent and shook my hand and gave me the warmest welcome anyone could give. And he continues to do so at every contest and with each and every person present. It is well known that Andy will open his tent to anyone who wants to learn how to cook competition BBQ, including a very quiet Jerry Aguilar back in 2011 at Vista. Andy is willing to take his shirt off his back for anyone and a deserving recipient of the award.
Kim and Dan then announced that there was second winner of the Brent Walton award and that was Hall of Fame member and 2012 board member, Ric Gilbert. Ric is well known for hosting an annual back yard warm up in his home each spring enabling local individuals interested in BBQ to participate in a welcoming environment that is instructional and fun. His charitable BBQ work is an extension of his desire to help improve the lives of those less fortunate. Through Ric’s initiative, the NorCal BBQ community was able to raise funds for his young patient to improve her physical appearance, but elevated her expectation of strangers and the community that supports her. As a long time BBQ instructor for the CBBQA, Ric has taught many generations of pitmasters. Ric shines when he is talking about BBQ. In addition to being a good friend of Brent and having many BBQ adventures with his fellow Hall of Famer, Ric embodies Brent’s spirit of generosity and warmth and is also a deserving recipient.
Last but not least was the recipient of the California BBQ Hall of Fame award. Each year, the members of the Hall of Fame elect a member and this year’s newest was Tropical Heat competitor, board member, BBQ instructor and volunteer, Bill Keyes. I dare say, Bill was caught off guard and shook his head all the way up to the picnic table which was lined with the members of the Hall Fame. Bill has served the CBBQA for many years in so many different capacities. Surrounded by his peers, Bill was humbled and thankful for the honorable recognition. Besides Andy Soto welcoming me at Havasu, Bill Keyes and his cooking partner, Dan Daniels were my neighbors two years ago. Dressed in his signature Hawaiian shirt, Bill introduced himself and welcomed me to my first contest. Being a rookie, I had no idea who Bill was and what an integral role he played in California BBQ. As a Grand Champion pitmaster, Bill has been competing since 2004 and serving the BBQ community ever since. Bill is incredibly approachable and generous with his time. Year after year, he organizes the CBBQA BBQ contribution to the Veterans Holiday Celebration which feds 2,000 veterans in the Los Angeles area. His humility and good humor inspires us all. We congratulate Bill as the newest member of the California Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed this year, to the judges who judged fairly and to our contest organizers and representatives without whom, none of this could be possible. As we move into 2013, at least a few of us will travel to Kansas City and even fewer to Lynchburg and beyond, may we honor the spirit of Brent Walton, as California ambassadors of barbecue.

  I brought 60 lbs of potatoes I had a surplus.  We tried putting on fire pit... NO, they just burned, did not cook.
  Joe & John Kim & Alyda

Bill Keyes inducted into the
California BBQ Association Hall of Fame - 2012
  • All current Hall of Fame members - short Bill Keyes
    Even though all were not present at the Q-Fest forgive the
     liberty I took of Photoshop'ing in, so
     we could have a picture of all "Hall of Fame" members !
    I still have to add Bill Keys and will do so and post asap!

 Rookie Team Of the Year 2012 (ROY) is:
Burnin & Lootin !!!       Congratulations !!!

Todd Carpenter - from the  forum:
Today was our first ever trip to Qfest and we had a great time. I would like to thank Dan, Able, Andrew, Henry and everyone else who gave us such a warm welcome. The food was great, the people even better. And congratulations to all those recognized for their outstand performance in the 2012 season. I hope we can get out game going and get a call up there next year.

Tracy Allen - from the  forum
How deserving... CONGRATULATIONS to Donna Fong of Butcher's Daughter on her Presidential Service Award.
You totally earned and deserve it young lady!
You are an outstanding asset to the CBBQA!

Debbie Yopp - from the  forum:
Congratulations to the recipients and winners. Clearly each of them have demonstrated a commitment, passion and love for the Que. This was our first Q-Fest and we were warmly welcomed. We can not wait to get more involved. See you in Victorville.

Steve Wilson - from the  forum:
A fun weekend at Q-Fest. Thank You to Dan Cannon for all his work organizing this fun event. Thanks to Scott and Ric for bringing the trophies down to So. Cal. Congratulations to Donna Fong for her President's Service Award and to Andy and Ric as the joint recipients of the First Annual Brent Walton Award. And also to Bill Keyes for his induction to the Hall of Fame.

Congrats to all the Champions in the Toy Awards with a special shout out to Left Coast Q for their accomplishment this past year. Nice acceptance speech and additional comments for Andy on his Brent Walton Award.

I had some interesting conversations with members that I will be posting in the near future.

Fun weekend, thanks for the great food and fun.

Steve & Pam Wilson

Dale Ginos - from the  forum:
Congratulations to all who received awards this past weekend, all deserved.

Thanks Dan for organizing again, Tammy and I had the best of times.

Sylvie Curry - from the  forum:
Congratulations Donna on the President's award. Congratulations to all who received awards but especially to Left Coast Q, Jerry Aguilar, Andy Soto, Ric Gilbert and Bill Keyes.

Joe Miles - from the  forum:
Well that was my 14th q-fest and it was great, so good to see kim and everybody. great food too

Matt Dalton - from the  forum:
I'd like to thank all of you for making this such a good Q-fest..the history and tradition that is in that park is really something special..congrats to everyone that received an award.. Everyone that got one is deserving of receiving them without question. I guess we have a new tradition too thanks to the shot master Dave Malone..the grin on his face was priceless!!..Dave will be receiving a trophy with a bottle mounted on top sometime in the future..good times were had by all!

Stephan Franklin - from the  forum:
I am glad I came out after a five year hiatus. Thanks, Dan for organizing this annual event.

Tim W. - from the  forum:
This was my first QFest and I had a great time. Its always nice hanging out with the BBQ family and even nicer when its in a relaxed environment away from a competition.

I didn't get there in time to see all the presentation seminars but I did get to learn how to cold smoke from Abel which was really cool.

So much food at the potluck. Think there was 4 or 5 mac and cheeses. First time I've had clod too and it was very good.

Congrats again to Left Coast Q for ToY and Burnin and Lootin for RoY as well as everyone else who received an award. Big congrats to Bill Keyes for his HOF induction and to the Presidential Award and Brent Walton Award winners; all were very well deserving. And I can't forget to thank Ric and Scott from bringing the trophies down; although, those backup ones were pretty good looking too!!

Abel Tirre. - from the  forum:
This was my first Q-Fest and I had a great time. The food was really amazing.

Although I wasn't expecting hail Friday afternoon the fire was hot and the drinks were flowing so it wasn't that big of a deal. It was nice to meet a lot of the teams from up North and get a taste of Beef Clod. The jerky demo was also very interesting.

Congrats to all the teams that received an award. Also congrats to Donna and Andy. Looking forward to next year!!

Thanks to everybody  for coming out,

What a GREAT weekend & Q-Fest for 2013.  Thanks to all that made it out.  As I say every year...Thanks again for everybody's support and participation. 


All the Potlucks were just FANTASTIC... Great !!!!.  Everybody turned in such GREAT submissions.  I enjoyed EVERYTHING a bunch.  Thanks to all the  folks for providing an entrées and making everything so special !!! 



Big thanks go to:


- Rusty Barrel (Tim & Diana McDonald)  for bringing a half-cord of wood both this years and past (we went through it all)
Without the wood we would all be miserable as the fire was going from Friday evening through Sunday morning, event the rain could not put it out !!! Thanks a bunch !!!   

AND... Everybody that brought EVERYTHING... without everybody's participation it would not work !!!
EVERYBODY did such an excellent job in spreading out all the work and making it so easy to do this year.   As I always say, "Many hands make little work", and this year, 2013, proved that ESPECIALLY TRUE!!!  Thanks to everybody that contributed something, food, seminar, setup, strrike, whatever... It all did and does help !!!

ESPECIALLY, lets all thank the McDonalds for bringing that BIG batch of Firewood that cam in so handy and kept us all warm !!!   Thanks again to everybody's participation !!!

Next years Q-FEST will be... February 7-8-9-2014.  We have spots B170 - B194.  All the same spots are reserved again.  All who showed up this year will be automatically reassigned to their same spot unless they want another available spot for 2014.


Thanks to everybody for the loyal and continued support.  Without your attendance and participation this event and traditioin could not happen.


Dan Cannon


 < BBqbyDan Index of Past BBQ Events & Write-ups >



 BBQbyDan®,  BBQbyDan Inc.,  BBQDan,  BBQ Whisperer,  CRK Specialty Q,  Coyote Road Kill
 BBQ-Qfest ,  BBQQfest,  BBQBivouac
, ,
Registered Trademark (BBQbyDan
® Class 043), Service Marks, & Trademarks, claimed 1998-2017 by BBQbyDan Inc.
© 1998-2017,,,,  & websites  
All rights reserved.  No content can be used for commercial purposes without written consent. 
Content used for educational purposes or media review must include appropriate source information.
Revised: 09 Feb 2017 12:28 .