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The early 2017 Mid Atlantic BBQ region continued with a the 1st Annual Boss Frog BBQ Contest hosted by The Preston Automotive Group. All proceeds from the contest went to support the March of Dimes. †
Forty-five teams came out to Preston, Maryland on the Eastern Shore to compete. Weather proved to be a challenge for all as often happens at BBQ contests. Thursday saw high winds and rain both impacting contest set up as well as teams traveling. The Eastern Shore is an island and the bridges coming in were shut-down for some periods of time to trailers. With that said, teams still rolled in, even if later than intended, to compete. The rain finished itself off mostly Thursday with the strong winds sticking around for most of the contest. Immediately after turn-ins were complete, the sun was shining and the strong winds died down to a light breeze.
MABA teams had a strong showing at the contest! Some highlights:
Grand Champion: Aporkalypse Now
Reserve Grand: Checkered Flag 500 BBQ
First Place Chicken: 3 Eyz BBQ
First Place Ribs: Aporkalypse Now
First Place Pork: BBQ & Beyond
First Place Brisker: Checkered Flag 500 BBQ
Maryland State Champion: Sauce This BBQ
First Place Anything Butt: BBQ & Beyond
First Place Dessert: Blind Cherry BBQ
Preston Motors announced that they intend to host this event again next year and look forward to having a whole year to make site improvements as well as logistical improvements for water and electric. They gave a special shout out to BBQ Organizer Sandy Fulton for putting this event together in such a short timeline after deciding to host it. Thanks to all attending and hope to see you all again next year!
Awards Ceremony video: