Barbecue Crew Defends Title in Hometown
The 3rd Annual Moultrie Moose Lodge #1158 BBQ Cook-off is the last event on the 2015 calendar year for the Georgia Barbecue Association (GBA). But before taking a break for the holidays, 11 of the top 20 teams in the GBA Team of the Year standings turned for the competition. The members of the Moose Lodge always roll out the red carpet for the GBA teams & judges. The Friday nite steak dinners that the Lodge serves have everyone looking forward to this contest each year.
Despite all the GBA heavy hitters best efforts, Moultrie’s own Foy Whatley of Barbecue Crew won the Grand Championship for the second year in a row. Whatley made finals in both Pulled Pork & Ribs, but it was his Pulled Pork box that brought home top honors. That Grand Championship box must have been really special as the panel of finals judges commented that all 3 of the Pulled Pork final entries were among the best they had sampled all year.
Brian Bond of Daddy O’s BBQ made finals in both Pulled Pork and Ribs plus added an 8th place finish in Loin to accumulate the highest cumulative score in the preliminary rounds. As a result, Daddy O’s BBQ took home the Reserve Grand Championship.
Just Blowing Smoke won the Loin category with Real South BBQ as the runner-up. Simply Q finished in 3rd place. Fiddler’s BBQ got the call for 4th place with H & J Cooking Team getting called for 5th place. Sixth place went to Southern Hogs; followed by Smokin’ 42 BBQ in 7th place & Daddy O’s BBQ in 8th place. Sunset Smokers, also from Moultrie, grabbed 9th place and Johnson Boys BBQ taking 10th place.
Following Barbecue winning Pulled Pork was Southern Hogs in 2nd place with Daddy O’s BBQ in 3rd place. Real South BBQ got their second call in 4th place and CaJenn Smoking Que walked in 5th place. Rescue Smokers came in 6th place just 0.4 ahead of Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team in 7th place. Eighth place was also close as Raging Smoke edged H & J Cooking Team by just 0.2 of a point. Smokin’ 42 BBQ rounded out the top 10.
Daddy O’s BBQ took top honors in Ribs. Barbecue Crew took 2nd place. In the preliminary round Ribs, Barbecue Crew scored a perfect 600. Smokin’ 42 BBQ. Rescue Smokers came in 4th place just ahead of Just Blowing Smoke in 5th. Sixth place went to Southern Hogs and 7th place went to Rub Shakers Que. Eighth thru 10th places went to Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team, Real South BBQ and H & J Cooking Team respectively.
The contest also featured a backyard competition. Under Construction BBQ took 1st place in Chicken. Wicked Lickin BBQ Crew got the first place calls in both Pulled Pork & Ribs.
The GBA thanks all the Moose Lodge members for their great hospitality and we are looking forward to returning the Moultrie in 2016. Meanwhile, the GBA will pause the 2015-2016 season for the holidays.
The GBA will hold a judge training class on Jan 23, 2016 in Fort Gaines. Fee for the class is $35. You must be a member of the GBA to take the class. Registation is now open on the GBA website — www.bbqga.com The next contest will be the Jekyll Island BBQ Beach Bash in February. Visit the website for more details.
Full Standings: 1st, 2nd & 3rd places are final round scores. All other scores are preliminary round scores.
|1||598||Just Blowing Smoke||1||598.9||Barbecue Crew||1||598.3||Daddy-O’s BBQ|
|2||595.6||Real South BBQ||2||593.6||Southern Hogs||2||595.9||Barbecue Crew|
|3||590.4||Simply “Q”||3||591.4||Daddy-O’s BBQ||3||588.6||Smokin 42 BBQ|
|4||595.7||Fiddler’s BBQ||4||593.6||Real South BBQ||4||595.8||Rescue Smokers|
|5||594.6||H.and J. cooking team||5||592.5||CaJenn Smokin Que||5||595.5||Just Blowing Smoke|
|6||591.2||Southern Hogs||6||590||Rescue Smokers||6||590.9||Southern Hogs|
|7||590.8||Smokin 42 BBQ||7||589.6||Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team||7||590.3||Rub Shakers Que|
|8||589.7||Daddy-O’s BBQ||8||587.2||Raging Smoke||8||590.2||Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team|
|9||587.3||Sunset Smokers||9||587||H.and J. cooking team||9||587.5||Real South BBQ|
|10||587||Johnson Boys||10||586.3||Smokin 42 BBQ||10||587.3||H.and J. cooking team|
|11||586.9||Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team||11||585.7||Sunset Smokers||11||587.2||Hungry Hog|
|12||586.3||Raging Smoke||12||584.7||Hungry Hog||12||587.2||Fiddler’s BBQ|
|13||585.9||CaJenn Smokin Que||13||582.6||Fiddler’s BBQ||13||582.6||CaJenn Smokin Que|
|14||584.4||Blue Smoke||14||582.6||Rub Shakers Que||14||580.7||Double D Cook Team|
|15||580||Rub Shakers Que||15||580||Forget Me Not BBQ||15||574||Raging Smoke|
|16||573.5||Rib Ticklers||16||579.7||Simply “Q”||16||571.2||CowboySmokin|
|17||571.5||Rescue Smokers||17||578.7||Just Blowing Smoke||17||570||Blue Smoke|
|19||569.8||Hungry Hog||19||573.3||Johnson Boys||19||568.5||Rib Ticklers|
|20||568.1||Barbecue Crew||20||571.7||Rib Ticklers||20||566.3||Simply “Q”|
|21||565.2||Double D Cook Team||21||569.8||Double D Cook Team||21||565.9||Forget Me Not BBQ|
|22||0||Forget Me Not BBQ||22||568.5||Blue Smoke||22||562.6||Johnson Boys|
|Reserve Champion Scores||Loin||Pulled||Ribs||Total|
|2||Real South BBQ||599.4||593.6||587.5||1780.5|
|4||Smokin 42 BBQ||590.8||586.3||599.1||1776.2|
|5||Just Blowing Smoke||596.1||578.7||595.5||1770.3|
|6||H.and J. cooking team||594.6||587.0||587.3||1768.9|
|7||Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team||586.9||589.6||590.2||1766.7|
|10||CaJenn Smokin Que||585.9||592.5||582.6||1761.0|
|12||Rub Shakers Que||580.0||582.6||590.3||1752.9|
|19||Double D Cook Team||565.2||569.8||580.7||1715.7|
|22||Forget Me Not BBQ||0.0||580.0||565.9||1145.9|