The smell of rich, sweet smoke was in the air. The aroma of grilling meat set your mouth to watering.
The cook off was held in honor of Dwayne Byard who past away last year. Proceeds from the event are going towards a scholarship fund for Dwayne’s grandchildren.“This was a great event. The weather was perfect, just a little bit windy. The smell of chicken, pork and all of that in the air was a great. It was a great day to benefit Mr. Byard,” said Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson. “We just all enjoyed it. Enjoyed all the food and enjoyed all the fellowship.”
“Good food, good people, it doesn’t get any better and it all goes to a great project,” Dalton Harrison said. “Dwayne was one of the heads of the BBQ here. A scholarship in his name, no better way to end the day.”
People wondered in and around the BBQ cooking contest all day. There was BBQ, ribs, ribeye sandwiches, etc, for sell.
“This event has been going on for several years now. It is just a great event. It brings a lot of people together. There is a lot of good cooking and food to eat,” said Robert Cruise. “It’s a very good event. I always enjoy it. Been a judge here for several years now.”
Chicken, ribs, pork and dessert were the categories for the event this year. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishing teams per category and the overall Grand Champion won cash prizes.
“This was an awesome event. Anytime you can sit down at a table and get the kind of food that came in front of us, it’s pretty special,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. “Hilltop is a great community partner. Putting this on for Dwayne Byard’s grand kids scholarship fund is pretty impressive.”
Judging was based on a point system from 1 to 10 (10 being the best). Each entry was judge for it’s taste, texture and appearance. Total points per entry determined the champion.
There were 15 teams in this years event. They were: Big B’s BBQ, The Q Crew, Serious Hog, Double A’s BBQ, Custom Cookers, Smoke em’ if U got ’em, Grillin’ n Chillin’, Tennessee Double D’s BBQ, DC’s Backyard Smokers, Punk Monkey Smokin G’s, Grilling and Chilling, Modern Day Drifters, The Big Orange Smokers, B&D BBQ, Roll Smoke Tennessee BBQ, and Sub-Q Injectors.
The judging started with chicken at 12:00pm, then spare ribs at 12:30pm, pork at 1:00pm and finally dessert at 1:30pm.
“The judging was excellent. I have been doing ever since they started. My name is always there. Bring me back. Because the food is excellent.” commented Harrison.
Once the judging was done, the score sheets were computer tallied to determine the winners.
Smoke ’em if U got ’em came in first in the dessert category.
Tennessee Double D’s won first in pulled pork. B&D BBQ came in second with Serious Hog getting third.
In the pork ribs category, first place went to Serious Hog, second went to The big Orange Smokers and The Q Crew came in third.
For chicken, it was Big B’s BBQ grabbing first place with second going to Double A’s BBQ and DC’s Backyard Smokers coming in third.
Once the scores from all three categories were totaled, Big B’s BBQ was named Grand Champion.
“I love this event. I do several cook offs and this is always one of my favorites,” stated Brian Morrison with Big B’s BBQ.
When asked about winning the event, Morrison said “That makes it even better. I knew Dwayne real well so that makes it even more special.”
“I think the event today went really well. We had some good winners. It was a really close competition overall. You can see by looking at the points that there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in any of them. Just a few points made the difference, stated Hilltop Super Market manager Mike Jackson. “I think it was a very good competition.”
A special thanks to all the sponsors that help make this event possible; Action Air, Cumberland Bank and Trust, Satellite Electronics, Wyatt’s Body Shop, U Jumpin’ Foulks, Queen City Restaurant Equipment, Clack’s Salvage, Steve Keese Roofing, Terry Brown Auto Sales, Beck’s Logging and Hauling, Mark Davis Trucking, Movies-N-More, Jimmy Miller Construction, Rainbow Electric Service, Sun Loan, Jackson’s Body Shop, AR Fence Company, Grandma’s House,Freddie Hoard Shelter Insurance, Keel Trucking, Planters Bank,1 Stop Motorsports, Goines Feed & Farm Supply, Back Lot Pickers, and Modern Day Drifters.
|1st||Big B’s BBQ|
|1st||Tennessee Double D’s|
|2nd||The Big Orange Smokers|
|3rd||The Q Crew|
|1st||Big B’s BBQ|
|2nd||Double A’s BBQ|
|3rd||DC’s Backyard Smokers|
|1st||Smoke ’em If U Got ’em|
About Hilltop Super Market
Hilltop Super Market is located at 400 Highway 149, Clarksville TN. From Clarksville, you would take Hwy 48/13 south across the Cumberland river, turn right on highway 149 and Hilltop Super Market is located on the left at the top of the hill next to Freds. Hilltop serves the grocery needs of the southern Montgomery county area.
Visit their website at: www.hilltopsupermarket.com