Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q brought the sizzle to Blues Brews & BBQ for the second time last weekend.
The Gibson team was the MBN grand champion in the 6th annual barbecue contest, which drew thousands of people to uptown Charlotte for music and cooking. Gibson also was the grand champion in 2007.
MBN is the Memphis Barbecue Network, one of the certifiers of barbecue contests and barbecue judges. The Blues, Brews & BBQ grand champion gets a spot at the national contest Memphis in May.
This year's event drew 53 Backyard Grillers teams, 27 national or championship teams, 62 MBN certified judges from nine states, and 40 celebrity judges. Championship teams travel to multiple contests yearly and vie for invitations to national contests. Backyard Grillers teams are local people who may compete only in one or two festivals.
The winners among the national teams:
Whole hog: Jack's Old South (first place), Black Jack BBQ (second), Pickin' Porkers (third), Hawg Wild (fourth) and Kings Cooking (5th).
Shoulder: Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q (first), Jack's Old South (second), Southeastern Smokers (third), Quenut BBQ (fourth), Pickin' Porkers (fifth).
Rib: Jack's Old South (first), Big Bob Gibson (second), Kings Cooking (third), Smoke Shack BBQ (fourth), Quenut BBQ (fifth).
The winners among Backyard Grillers teams:
Boston butt: Pork Pistols (first), Stoke & Smoke (second), Keifer's BBQ (third).
Rib: Moonswine Racers (first), Double “O” Swine (second), VanderQ (third).
People's Choice: Southeastern Smokers (first), Smoke Shack BBQ (second), Rock Store BBQ (third).
Anything But BBQ: Pickin' Porkers (first), Merry Oaks BBQ (second), Kings Cooking (third).
Bloody Mary contest: Moonswine Racers.