Kings of Q BBQ cook off and Festival Ayden, NC

By Brian Walrath, Pitmaster of Brown Liquor BBQ

Many of you know that I quit my job last October and started my catering business. This has proven to be a great decision, but I don’t get to compete as much as I would like. There are still a handful of competitions on the circuit that I do everything in my power to attend and Kings of Q in Ayden, NC is one of them. The town of Ayden, North Carolina, home to two legendary barbecue restaurants, rolls out the red carpet for competitors and caters to every need we have. In fact, the town’s mayor personally stops by every year to see if we need anything. I have yet to get him to drink brown liquor with us, but we’ll get him to take a shot one of these years!

The weekend forecast called for heavy rains and thunderstorms all weekend, but we were spared until Saturday afternoon…right at turn-ins! It rained pretty consistently throughout turn-ins but then stopped just in time to pack up and head home. Friday night started as it did last year with a deviled egg battle among Mark Davies of Grillin’ Thyme, his lovely wife Cathy, and Roxanne Manley of Redneck Scientific. Cathy Davies would once again take the coveted trophy and top honors and bragging rights!

Congratulations to Muttley Crew BBQ for taking Grand Champion and Southern Q Competition Cooking Team for Reserve.

Full KCBS results can be found here.