The competition was fierce at this year’s Bartlett BBQ Fest for its first year being a sanctioned Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) sanctioned event. But a hometown competitor brought home the honors.
“The Bartlett BBQ Fest was a great event for everyone involved,” said Will Hair, Winner Smoke Masters Grand Champion and winner of first-place for pulled pork and fourth-place for ribs. “The City of Bartlett, Alderman David Parsons, The Memphis Barbecue Network representatives, and all the volunteers who worked so hard to put on this event should be proud of the fantastic job they did. It was a wonderful event that truly showcased the Bartlett community and 29 teams in the MBN. After competing in MBN events for over 10 years, it was great to come away with a Grand Champion win in my hometown. I look forward to returning next year, and am truly excited to see the great things happening in Bartlett.”
Other winners included:
- Pulled pork: Boarhouse Smoker, second place; Mempho Q, third place; The Meat Sweat’s, fourth place; and Pig Stars, fifth place
- Ribs: Grillbillies, winner; Poker Porkers, second place; Mempho Q, third place; Smoke Masters, fourth place; UPigs BBQ, fifth place
- BBQ side dish: Smokin Trucker, winner; official BBQ Business, second place
- Dessert: Atoka Railroad BBQ, winner; For the River City, second place
- Seafood: Rub-N-Wood, winner; Official BBQ Business, second place
- Beef: Security Smokers, winner; Three Puttin Pigs, second place
- Chicken: BBQ Pirates, winner: Rub-N-Wood, second place
Other competitors and observers had plenty positive to say about the event.
Travis Kraft also told organizers that the contest ran smoothly and thanked them for their efforts and hard work to make the competition happen.
He added, “We had a great time especially being it was our first contest. I was very surprised but supremely happy with how things turned out, and I learned more than I could write down from what we did personally and some great advice from other competitors as well.”
He continued, “I want to continue to do the circuits and enter most contests, so the more I can get out of the judges’ thoughts the more I can improve my methods and tastes as well.”
Competitor Nick Averwater also praised how helpful and hospitable the contest organizers were and deemed it a success.
Ulric Pegram of UPigs BBQ (fifth place for ribs), also said he thought the event was very well organized. “We really enjoyed the whole festival and hope you do it again next year.”