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National Capital Barbecue Battle 2013 The National Capital Barbecue Battle is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the Washington, DC area and around the country. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival. The nation’s best barbecue teams cook-off for over $40,000 in cash and prizes in two major contests.

The Barbecue Battle features live entertainment including 30 rock, R&B, jazz, and blues bands performing on three state-of-the-art stages. Musical entertainment includes nationally-known bands like Soul Asylum, ConFunkShun, Cowboy Mouth and others.

Patrons will also enjoy the interactive exhibits like the NBA Nation Basketball Tour and children’s activities including rides, magicians, and sports attractions. The National Capital Barbecue Battle has been voted a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel and and has been featured on broadcasts all over the world. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington.

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Annual BBQ Event Unveils Latest of Commissioned Fine Art Series: Florida Agriculture HeritageLAKELAND, FL (November 13, 2012) – The 8thannual 2012 Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate BBQ was held in the authentic, antique-laden working barn of Wanda and Leland Young in Alturas, FL.

CBC Saunders Real Estate, a recognized land real estate brokerage firm located in Lakeland, Florida, hosts the event each year as a fun event to bring clients and community together. Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler, Polk County commercial real estate firm and sister company, was co-host.

Fittingly, each year, the Saunders family commissions a Florida fine artist to paint a selected theme of Florida land and Florida agriculture. “Florida land has been my only business for 27 years; buying, selling, and conservation. I want to capture the natural landscapes that I knew as a boy,” states 7th generation Floridian, Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM.

The 2012 painting was created by Lakeland nature and wildlife fine artist, Michael J. Nowak and is the second in the Florida Agricultural Heritage series. This painting captures grazing cattle on Florida’s natural pastureland landscape. “Capturing the beauty and essence…is the driving force to the soul of my painting and inspiration,” states Nowak. A full-sized Giclée reproduction of the original painting was presented as a gift to Leland and Wanda Young, owners of the antique barn.

The Saunders Collection started in 2004 with the first series theme, “Natural Lands of Florida.” This first series portrays scenes of untouched Florida natural lands and “Old Florida,” created by well-known Florida wildlife artist Thomas Brooks.

Starting in 2011, the new series, “Florida Agricultural Heritage” began with the painting of Florida orange groves by fine artist David Escadero of New Mexico.

In attendance to the event were several county commissioners, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, and other elected officials.

Surrounded by the ambiance of a working barn, walls loaded with interesting antique signs, tools, and farm implements, over 300 guests enjoyed a homemade BBQ dinner. Dean Saunders and sales agents personally cook the BBQ meat in a trailer-sized professional BBQ cooker for 24 hours to create the best BBQ found. All side dishes, cowboy beans, potato salad, rolls, and desserts were prepared by the Saunders’ family, wife Gina, daughter Lauren, staff Brigid Quill, and others.

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Tonganoxie resident’s barbecue team coming to a TV near youNot much could distract Truebud BBQ from its pedal-to-the-metal quest to become the top competitive barbecue team in the country.However, pitmaster Tim Grant of Tonganoxie says, getting on TV is worth taking one weekend off.

Grant and Boyd Abts of Eudora, the team’s leaders, announced this week they’ll be one of three Kansas City area teams appearing on Season 4 of BBQ Pitmasters. Filming will take place at the American Royal Barbecue, the weekend of Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Mo., though the Pitmasters teams will compete against each other instead of in the Royal.

“That’s always been in the back of our minds — it’d be really cool to be on Pitmasters,” Grant said Friday (via cell phone en route to Pine Bluff, Ark., for the Smoke on the Water Arkansas Championship barbecue contest).

Grant and Abts have been cooking all over the United States nearly every weekend since February, amassing enough wins to maintain top-10 status in the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s 2012 Team of the Year points chase.

That’s partly why Pitmasters picked them, said Ron Simon, executive producer for the Destination America network.

“We need people who have proven they know how to barbecue,” Simon said in an email. “This means they need to be award-winning on the barbecue circuit or recognized as the best by the community in local rankings year after year.”

Simon added that teams also have to be camera-friendly and comfortable “putting their reputation on the line on national TV.”

Pitmasters Season 4, which begins airing in November on Destination America, will focus on regional barbecue, Simon said. In the Kansas City episode, contestants will aim to cook the best Kansas City style ’cue.

Truebud will be up against Pellet Envy, led by Rod Gray of Leawood, and the Grinders Team, led by Kansas City, Mo., metal-sculptor and restaurant owner Jeff Rumaner, who goes by STRETCH. Pellet Envy was Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year in 2009. STRETCH isn’t on the competitive circuit, but he’s a pro at backyard “swine and dine” parties and his restaurant is a Kansas City favorite.

Grant said he’s confident he and Abts can cook anything Pitmasters puts in front of them. But he does have a preference — the category Truebud won Team of the Year in last year would be nice.

Said Grant, “We’re hoping it’s ribs.”

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Local group wins big at barbecue contest The Black Iron Bar-B-Que group based from The Telegraph region won the Grand Champion and Kingsford Challenge honor recently in Murphysboro, Ill., and are headed for a chance to compete for a national title.

The group, which consists of local men Rob Honke, Jeremy Wrigley and Billy Stork, won the $1,000 Kansas City Barbecue Society Grand Champion prize, placed third in the pork shoulder category and won $1,000 for the Kingsford Challenge. The Black Iron men beat Gilly’s BBQ by a slim margin in Murphysboro. Gilly’s was crowned KCBS Reserve Grand Champion.

“The key to cooking good barbecue is being consistent,” Honke said. “We all have different jobs, but we all love cooking barbecue. Winning this championship was our finest hour. We enjoy getting out there and being a part of the barbecue community.”

This win at Murphysboro makes the Black Iron Bar-B-Que group eligible to compete in both the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City, Mo., next year and an automatic qualifier for the World Food Championship in Las Vegas in November.

Honke said the local barbecue group had a humble beginning and didn’t do too well in its first contest, but they kept working and learning from the different competitions before they developed a recipe that would work.

“You get to know most of the community of barbecue competitors when you take part in the events,” Honke said. “People know your names and you are happy for your friends when they win. It is just a big community – like a big

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BBQ News Rub Of HonorThe National Barbecue News Rubs of Honor event completed judging on September 29, 2012. The top finishers are listed below. This competition was open to any rub produced, even if was not available for purchase.

“Our goal was to find the best rub for chicken, pork, and beef,” said publisher Kell Phelps, “and through this process, I think the judges’ results are spot on.”

Phelps stated that the event was not promoted very well due to the fact that this was the first time we have done an event like this.

“We only ran a small ad for the competition one time, so we would not be over run with entries. Now that we have this cooking and judging process under our belts, I feel confident that we can accept a lot more entries next year.”

The event consisted of 28 total entries, with the chicken category having the most entries at 12.

Each rub was used on raw meat for each category then cooked and served to judges. All entries were judged blind without any judge knowing with which rub the meat was prepared.

Special thanks to all who entered. We are looking forward to next year already. All top 10 finishers will be receiving a certificate, with the winners getting a clay plaque by renowned sulpturist Regina Coffee.

Chicken Rubs of Honor
1) Que Chick BBQ – John D. Farr
2) DennyMike’s – Chicken Deluxe
3) Popa Sisco’s Arkansaw Hog Rub
4) Chicken & Rib Rub – Tom Hisrich, Jr
5) DennyMike’s Chick Magnet
6) The Best Barbeque Catering
7) DennyMike’s Pixie Dust
8) DennyMike’s Sublime Swine
9) Kahuna Smokers
10) Jenks Handcrafted Spice Rub

Pork Rubs of Honor
1) DennyMike’s Smoky Pork
2) Jenks Handcrafted Spice Rub
3) DennyMike’s Sublime Swine
4) Kahuna Smokers Pork Rub
5) Popa Sisco’s Arkansaw Hog Rub
6) The Best Barbeque Catering

Beef Rubs of Honor
1) The Best Barbeque Catering
2) Mountain Magic BBQ
3) Jenks Handcrafted BBQ Rub
4) Kahuna Smokers
5) Jenks Handcrafted Spice Rub
6) Popa Sisco’s Arkansaw Hog Rub
7) DennyMike’s Pixie Dust
8) DennyMike’s Cow Bell Hell
9) DennyMike’s Cow Bell Texas Style
10) DennyMike’s Cow Bell Southwest

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Tomball’s second annual Bugs, Brew & Barbecue has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, adjacent to Depot Plaza, 201 South Elm Street. The original event was rained-out in late September.

Tomball Marketing Director Mike Baxter said the event will have a more central location around The Depot this year. It will feature 10 or more Texas craft breweries, classic VW “bugs” and or course barbecue.

Baxter said more than 50 classic VW “bugs” from the North Houston Volkswagen Club will be on display near Depot Plaza in downtown Tomball. Beetles, vans, Ghias and dune buggies, swap-meeters and more will be on-site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Main and S. Walnut Streets.

Cisco’s Salsa Company will be pouring more than 30 craft brews from Texas breweries such as: Southern Star, Karbach, No Label, St. Arnold, Shiner, Real Ale, Alamo, Independence, and Rahr & Sons.

Meet and talk craft beer with representatives from several Texas craft breweries. A special Bugs, Brew & Barbecue souvenir mug will be available, too.

Tomball’s own Original Rib Tickler and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will be serving pulled pork and chopped brisket sandwiches, sausage and more.

Baxter said this year’s event will also feature several vendors selling handmade crafts.

Live music runs from noon to 6 p.m. with CCR tribute band “Unfortunate Sons”, and classic rock band “The Bottle Rockers.”

The Kids Zone will be filled with free activities such as pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house and more.

Admission and parking are free.

“There will be a good variety of things for folks to do,” Baxter said. “We hope everyone comes out will come out and celebrate cars, music, and just having a great time in the community.”

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