Lang BBQ Smokers Tops Tough Field at Fire Ant Festival BBQ Bash
Virtually all of the top teams in the Georgia Barbecue Association (GBA) along with several heavy hitters from Florida made their way to Ashburn, GA for the 2016 edition of the Fire Ant Festival BBQ Bash. The 35 teams had to contend with off and on rain throughout the weekend. Still, the judges had to work really hard as the ‘Que was outstanding. It was the finals round judges, however, who had the toughest (& best) job of the day; judging the top three entries in each category.
The Fire Ant Festival has become known for having among the biggest trophies in all of BBQ. The chain saw carved awards for Grand, Reserve and 1st place in each category each topped 100 lbs.
When it came time for the last call of the day, only two teams were still in the hunt for the Grand Championship. Thomas Henry of Budmeisters BBQ had won both the Loin & Pulled Pork categories. Lang BBQ Smokers, led by Darryl Strickland, was the top team in Ribs. The final tally gave the edge to Ribs and Lang BBQ Smokers took home the Grand Championship trophy & a $2500 check.
Bull Rush BBQ, Pitmaster Bryan Mroczka, took 4th place in both Loin & Ribs plus 8th in Pulled Pork to accumulate the highest cumulative score in the preliminary rounds and the Reserve Grand Championship.
Budmeisters topped the field in Loin. Ashburn’s own Raymond Poore of REAL-Licious Q took 2nd with CaJenn Smokin Que coming in 3rd place. CaJenn, led by Billy Jennings, had a perfect 600 score in the Loin preliminaries. Bull Rush BBQ grabbed 4th place followed by Real South BBQ in 6th and Hard Rock Hill BBQ in 7th place. Eighth place went to Killer Swine BBQ in a tiebreaker over Smokin 42 BBQ Tenth place went to Rescue Smokers.
In Pulled Pork, it was once again Budmeisters BBQ getting to 1st place call. Barbecue Crew was runner up with Fixin 2 Pork Q in 3rd place. Real South BBQ earned the 4th place award. Smokin 42 BBQ grabbed 5th place; Raging Smoke BBQ grabbed 6th and Bubba Grills took 7th place. Bull Rush BBQ walked in 8th place. Dixie Que edged Double D Cooking team by 0.3 of a point for 9th place.
Lang BBQ Smokers Grand Champion Ribs topped the category with Bubba Grills taking 2nd place and Rescue Smokers taking 3rd. Bull Rush BBQ got their second call for 4th place. Just Blowing Smoke won the tiebreaker over Hootie Q for 5th place. Fixin 2 Pork Q walked in 7th place. REAL-Licious Q edged Southern Tailgates for 8th place by .03 of a point. Barbecue Crew rounded out the top 10.
The contest held a special Brisket Challenge with 22 of the teams in the field participating. Jack Fallin and Captain Jack’s Freedom BBQ Team notched a perfect 600 score to win the Brisket Challenge. They had to be perfect to win, because Lang BBQ Smokers took 2nd place with a score of 599.7. Bull Rush BBQ added to their big day with a 3rd place finish. Raging Smoke BBQ took 4th place and Poverty Hill Smokers came in 5th place.
The GBA was very proud to be back at the Fire Ant Festival & thanks all the fantastic volunteers who worked extremely hard to keep everything flowing smoothly. The GBA looks forward to being back in Ashburn in 2017.
Final Standings: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place scores are from finals rounds. All other scores are preliminary round scores.
|1||598.2||Budmeisters BBQ||1||596.9||Budmeisters||1||598.8||Lang BBQ Smokers|
|2||594.4||Real-Licious Q||2||596.4||Barbeque Crew||2||595.8||Bubba Grills|
|3||591.8||Cajenn Smokin Que||3||591.9||Fixin2 Pork Q||3||588.7||Rescue Smokers|
|4||599.4||Bull Rush BBQ||4||598.8||Real South BBQ||4||598.2||Bull Rush BBQ|
|5||598.8||Real South BBQ||5||597.9||Smokin 42||5||596.11||Just Blowing Smoke|
|6||598.5||Hard Rock Hill BBQ||6||597||Raging Smoke BBQ||6||596.1||Hootie Q|
|7||595.8||Bubba Grills||7||595.1||Bubba Grills||7||595.5||Fixin’2 Pork Q|
|8||595.11||Killer Swine BBQ||8||594.6||Bull Rush BBQ||8||594.6||REAL-Licious Q|
|9||595.1||Smokin 42||9||593.3||Dixie Que||9||594.3||Southern Tailgates|
|10||594.5||Rescue Smokers||10||593||Double D Cooking Team||10||593.4||Barbeque Crew|
|11||594.2||Poverty Hill Smokers||11||591.6||Capt. Jack’s Freedom BBQ||11||592.1||Poverty Hill Smokers|
|12||593.3||Generations BBQ||12||591.6||Buffalo Tucks Comp. Team||12||591.5||Bite My Butt BBQ|
|13||589.3||Raging Smoke BBQ||13||590.6||Hootie Q||13||591.5||92 BBQ|
|14||589||Capt. Jack’s Freedom BBQ||14||589.3||Just Blowing Smoke||14||589.7||Dixie Que|
|15||587.6||Double D Cooking Team||15||589.2||Forget Me Not BBQ||15||588.6||Killer Swine BBQ|
|16||587.2||Barbeque Crew||16||588.1||Rescue Smokers||16||588.5||Smokin 42|
|17||586.6||Ole Sparky’s BBQ||17||587.9||REAL-Licious Q||17||588.3||Real South BBQ|
|18||586.2||Fixin’2 Pork Q||18||586.7||Generations BBQ||18||586.7||Smoke Show|
|19||585.9||Southern Hogs||19||586.6||Hard Rock Hill BBQ||19||586.6||Budmeisters BBQ|
|20||585.6||Southern Tailgates||20||585||Lang BBQ Smokers||20||586.5||Southern Hogs|
|21||583.6||Just Blowing Smoke||21||584.1||Bite My Butt BBQ||21||586.5||Ole Sparky’s BBQ|
|22||581.4||Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept.||22||583||Southern Hogs||22||586.4||Buffalo Tucks Comp. Team|
|23||580.3||Smokaholics||23||582.7||Smoking Outlaws||23||586.2||Raging Smoke BBQ|
|24||578.1||Smoking Outlaws||24||582||Smokaholics||24||585.4||Cajenn Smokin Que|
|25||576.4||92 BBQ||25||581.4||Ole Sparky’s BBQ||25||584||Hard Rock Hill BBQ|
|26||575.8||Hootie Q||26||581.1||Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept.||26||583.3||Smoking Outlaws|
|27||574.6||Forget Me Not BBQ||27||580.1||BIG Ox Barbecue||27||583.2||Forget Me Not BBQ|
|28||573.6||All American BBQ||28||579||All American Smokers||28||583||Johnson Boys BBQ|
|29||571.4||Dixie Que||29||578.7||92 BBQ||29||581.7||All American Smokers|
|30||571.3||Buffalo Tucks Comp. Team||30||578.4||Southern Tailgates||30||575.4||Capt. Jack’s Freedom BBQ|
|31||569.1||Lang BBQ Smokers||31||577.5||Johnson Boys BBQ||31||574.2||Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept.|
|32||568.8||Johnson Boys BBQ||32||577.4||Cajenn Smokin Que||32||573.2||Generations BBQ|
|33||563.2||Bite My Butt BBQ||33||576.3||Killer Swine BBQ||33||568.2||Smokaholics|
|34||562.6||BIG Ox Barbecue||34||574.8||Smoke Show||34||567.2||Double D Cooking Team|
|35||0||Smoke Show||35||572.5||Poverty Hill Smokers||35||560.6||BIG Ox Barbecue|
Reserve Scores: Preliminary round scores only
|1||Bull Rush BBQ||599.4||594.6||598.2||1792.2|
|3||Real South BBQ||598.8||598.8||588.3||1785.9|
|8||Fixin’2 Pork Q||586.2||599.1||595.5||1780.8|
|10||Raging Smoke BBQ||589.3||597.0||586.2||1772.5|
|11||Hard Rock Hill BBQ||598.5||586.6||584.0||1769.1|
|12||Just Blowing Smoke||583.6||589.3||596.1||1769.0|
|13||Cajenn Smokin Que||600.0||577.4||585.4||1762.8|
|15||Killer Swine BBQ||595.1||576.3||588.6||1760.0|
|16||Poverty Hill Smokers||594.2||572.5||592.1||1758.8|
|18||Capt. Jack’s Freedom BBQ||589.0||591.6||575.4||1756.0|
|20||Ole Sparky’s BBQ||586.6||581.4||586.5||1754.5|
|23||Lang BBQ Smokers||569.1||585.0||599.1||1753.2|
|24||Buffalo Tucks Comp. Team||571.3||591.6||586.4||1749.3|
|25||Double D Cooking Team||587.6||593.0||567.2||1747.8|
|26||Forget Me Not BBQ||574.6||589.2||583.2||1747.0|
|29||Bite My Butt BBQ||563.2||584.1||591.5||1738.8|
|30||Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept.||581.4||581.1||574.2||1736.7|
|31||All American Smokers||573.6||579.0||581.7||1734.3|
|33||Johnson Boys BBQ||568.8||577.5||583.0||1729.3|
|34||BIG Ox Barbecue||562.6||580.1||560.6||1703.3|