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  1. Kings of Q BBQ cook off and Festival Ayden, NC

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    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.

  2. Kings of Q BBQ cook off and Festival, Ayden, NC – May 19-20

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    by Brian Walrath, MABA Board Member and Pitmaster for Brown Liquor BBQ

    Ayden is home to barbecue in the barbecue proud state of North Carolina.  It’s also home to Bum’s Restaurant and Skylight Inn…two eastern North Carolina landmarks for barbecue.  Now, in only its second year, the Kings of Q BBQ cook off and Festival in Ayden, NC has become truly a hidden gem of KCBS contests in the Mid-Atlantic.  This small town of just under 5,000 folks, rolls out the red carpet for us barbecue competitors.  Everything we need is taken care of.  And if it’s not, you won’t go an hour without someone from the town checking in on you to make sure they get it right!  Even the mayor stops by multiple times during the event to check in on you and see that you have all you need!  And if you need a ride on a golf cart…just see our old buddy the fire marshall and his boys and they’ll hook you up!  Power, water, ash barrels and grease barrels are literally steps from our site!  And, it’s always nice to get a little further away than normal and experience southern hospitality and catch up with some teams we don’t see all the time in our usual stomping grounds.

    A couple big questions about who would take the top prize were soon to be answered.  Would Redneck Scientific defend their title among the craziness this year of opening a restaurant and vending the event?  Would Old Virginia Smoke pull of wins in back-to-back weeks?  Would Muttley Crew continue it’s hot start to the season?

    The results were interesting…here they are:

    Congratulations to Jerry Stephenson and Roxanne Manley for repeating as Ayden Grand Champions!

    GC: Redneck Scientific
    RGC: Macadoo Heights BBQ

    Chicken: Hickory Barbecue Company
    Ribs: Bobo’s Que
    Pork: Bobo’s Que
    Brisket: Macadoo Heights BBQ

    Full results here.