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That’s barbecue, baby

US, Canadian teams compete at annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival

July 12, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor (aflynn@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - As the classic hit "Under Pressure" sung by David Bowie and Queen's Freddie Mercury played in the background, Luke Darnell was applying sauce and seasoning to his pork entry for the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition Sunday, July 7 under a tent at the Olympic Speedskating Oval.

"Five minutes!" shouted a volunteer from the doorway of the Lake Placid Middle-High School, where 36 judges waited to taste the pork cooked by more than 30 teams from the U.S. and Canada competing at the annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival. They had already judged the pork ribs and chicken, and brisket would follow the pork entry.

Darnell's wife, Kim, nestled the pork in kale leaves in a white Styrofoam container. Luke brushed on more sauce and sprinkled more seasoning. They closed the lid, placed it carefully inside a black insulated food sleeve, and Kim walked it up the stairs to the school with little time to spare.

Article Photos

Luke and Kim Darnell, of the Old Virginia Smoke team from Bristow, Virginia, prepare their pork entry for the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition Sunday, July 7 during the I Love BBQ and Music Festival at the Olympic Speedskating Oval.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

The Darnells - of the Old Virginia Smoke competition barbecue team - will be competing in more than 30 events this year. They're usually in Lake Placid for this event, but they didn't come last year.

"It was the biggest mistake I've ever made," Luke said.

This year, Old Virginia Smoke took fourth place overall in the competition, second for chicken, sixth for pork ribs, 13th for pork and 10th for brisket.

The I Love BBQ and Music Festival is a fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center. The amount of money raised this year was not available by press time. The event - held Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7 - included music, food, children's games, a BMX bike show, a Strongman competition, and a variety of barbecue competitions.

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Barbecue sauce

Twelve teams competed in the Quinn Family Barbecue Sauce Competition. The top three were North Pole, first; Good Smoke BBQ, second; and Buckner Brothers, third.

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Hot sauce

Thirteen teams competed in the Quinn Family Hot Sauce Competition. The top three were Good Smoke BBQ, first; Hokie Pokie Q, second; and Millers, third.

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Kids

Five teams competed in the Kids Division, hot dogs and salad. The results were: Sweet Sizzles, first; Spider Pig BBQ, second; Wally's BBQ Jr. 2, third; Hokie Pokie Q Next Generation 2, fourth; and Awesome Jacks BBQ, fifth.

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Youth Division

Only two teams competed in the Youth Division. Wally's BBQ Jr. took first place while Hokie Pokie Q Next Generation took second. The entries were chicken, pork ribs and dessert.

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KCBS, NEBS

For the Northeast Barbecue Society's Grilling and BBQ Bash on Friday, teams competed in four categories: New York strip steak, fatty sausage, pizza and chicken.

The NEBS winners were Holy Guacamole, chicken; Hokie Pokie Q, New York strip steak; Behind BBQ, pizza; and Wally's BBQ, fatty sausage.

For the Kansas City Barbeque Society Master Series competition on Sunday, teams competed in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket.

The grand champion of the 2019 Master Series was Hot Wachula's, and the reserve champion was Good Smoke BBQ. The rest of the top 10 looked like this: The Pig's Pajamas, third; Old Virginia Smoke, fourth; Big Raz BBQ, fifth; Smokin Aces, sixth; Smokin Boys and Hot Grills, seventh; Fire Down Below, eighth; Paddy McQ's. ninth; and Black Hart BBQ, 10th.

 
 
 

 

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