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  1. 13th Annual Recovery Fest/8th Annual BBQ State Championship, Richmond, VA

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    Submitted by “The Chairman of the Board”

    The Lucky #13 edition of the McShin Foundation RecoveryFest is in the books for 2017.  Each year this organization rolls out the red carpet for our BBQ brethern with a big dose of southern hospitality and a contest that runs like clockwork.  Honesty Liller and her staff do a great job mixing competition bbq and the great work that they do at McShin.  Speakers from all around Virginia stopped by and shared stories of recovery success and brought news on what is happening to help those that need it the most.  Thank you McShin for what you do for our friends and family that struggle with addiction.

    The BBQ contest weekend was perfect from a weather standpoint.  It was cool all weekend and we had no rain!  The smokers were lit and 35 teams were cooking.  Those whacky kids from Easton, Maryland…Sauce This BBQ brought home the Gold with a GC while Rockin’ Robyn’s BBQ out of Forest Hill, MD scored the RGC.   Wolf’s  Revenge, Checkered Flag 500 BBQ and Simply Q rounded out the top 5 overall.

    Top Chicken honors were brought home by E.O.D. WreckinQ with the GC’s close in at second.  Sauce This BBQ took home the big trophy in Ribs and most folks knew the run was on!  Rockin’ Robyn’s BBQ won the Pork category and Checkered Flag 500 BBQ took home top Brisket honors.

    This competition is a a staple on the Mid-Atlantic circuit and we thank McShin for their continued support of the sport that we love.  I recommend getting this contest on the schedule if you have not been there in the past!

    Chicken – E.O.D. WreckinQ
    Ribs –Sauce This
    Pork –Rockin Robyns BBQ
    Brisket – Checkered Flag 500 BBQ

    RGC – Rockin Robyns BBQ
    GC – Sauce This

    Full KCBS results here.

  2. 12th Annual Recovery Fest/7th Annual BBQ State Championship Richmond, VA

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    by Mark Gibbs, Pitmaster of The Checkered Flag 500 BBQ

    The McShin Foundation held its 7th annual KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition the weekend of September 9th and 10th.  25 teams came together in the 95 plus degree heat to compete and support the McShin Foundation in this annual BBQ battle.

    The folks at the foundation put on a great contest with full amenities.  The music, fellowship, cause and location of this contest make it a “must do” for many competitors.  Despite the hot temps, all 25 teams got their entries in to the judges on time to make this contest a Jack and Royal qualifier.  Honesty Liller, CEO of McShin did a great job of presenting the awards and taking care of the competitors.  They really do make us a part of the family at this contest.

    The results are in and I am happy to say that the Checkered Flag 500 BBQ Team repeated as Grand Champion this year successfully defending our title from 2015.  Old Virginia Smoke of Bristow, Virginia with Luke and Kim Darnell and Leigh Anne Terry brought home the Reserve Grand Champion honors.

    The Checkered Flag 500 team brought home top honors in Chicken and Brisket.  Don and Sandy Wallace of Life is Good, but BBQ is Better from Purcellville, Virginia took home their first ever 1st Place Rib finish!  Great job Don and Sandy!  Top Pork honors went to J.D.’s Smokin Misfits of Virginia!

    Picture of Mark and Sandy Gibbs wit the trophies
    Mark and Sharon Gibbs win GC!

    The Checkered Flag 500 Team also qualified for the OBR/BBQ for a Cause Virginia Champions championship at the 2017 contest in Urbanna, Virginia.

    Congrats to every team that got a call and we are really looking forward to the 2017 event at McShin in Richmond!

    First place winners:
    Chicken – Checkered Flag 500 BBQ
    Ribs –Life is Good But BBQ is Better
    Pork –JD’s Smokin Misfits
    Brisket –Checkered Flag 500 BBQ

    Grand Champion –Checkered Flag 500 BBQ
    Reserve Grand Champion –Old Virginia Smoke

    Check out the full competition results here.

  3. Richmond Judge Hosts Judges Social Before Sam’s Club Event

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    By Bill Jones, MABA Board Member and KCBS Master Judge, Table Captain, & Life Member
    When I became a judge some 5 years ago, I quickly found out the BBQ would is one huge tailgate party. Seldom have I attended a contest in which multiple teams are not hosting a Friday evening meal and time of socializing. 

    So when Sam’s Club started hosting contests in Virginia three years ago in Richmond, and just a scant few miles from our home, we decided to host a judges social at our home. Judges come from all over to judge barbecue contests, so we thought it might be fun to have a social at our home and welcome the visiting judges coming in the night before . We also invited any local judges who may not be judging the contest, along with local KCBS reps and teams.
    KCBS judges enjoy an evening of good food and fellowship prior to Sam's Club Richmond.
    KCBS judges enjoy an evening of good food and fellowship prior to Sam’s Club Richmond.

    This year, 16 judges were able to join us during the evening to meet and greet judges they already knew as well as some they did not. Our menu included a crab and shrimp boil, cajun coleslaw, cheesecake and key lime pie. 

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    All left hoping Sam’s Club will once again grace us with a contest in 2017 so this yearly get together can continue.
    Bill & Mary Jones
    Richmond, VA