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2014 World Food Championships Southern Illinois Showdown

17th St. BBQ - World Food Championships Super RegionalsWe were thrilled to host the World Food Championships Southern Illinois Showdown as part of our Praise the Lard cook-off festivities. Here are WFC mastermind Mike McCloud and Kari Karch, Kenmore executive chef, along with Mike. The red-topped tent housed the Kenmore kitchen stadium: eight complete kitchen set-ups with everything from stoves to mixers.

SuperRegionals-PrepThe two categories were Bacon and Seafood, sponsored by Alaska Seafood. A combination of local cooks and barbecue teams comprised the field of competitors.

SuperRegionals-TurnInBacon entries headed for the turn-in table.

SuperRegionals-Judging1The judges had the tough job of sampling all of these entries.

SuperRegionals-Judging2Judging tray filled with delicious seafood dishes.

SuperRegionals-WinnersThe top three winners in each category received a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November, and the winner in each category also received $1,000. Congratulations to Tina Porritt, competing for Piggy Style, who won the Seafood category, and Sugarfire Smokehouse, winners of the bacon category.

3) Porkmafia
2) Blazin’ Blues BBQ
1) Sugarfire Smokehouse

3) TR’s Up In Smoke
2) All In Que
1) Piggy Style

Many thanks to Becky Streuter, Gerald Strothmann, Phillip Heern, and Chris Pritchard, who handled the logistics for 17th Street, the City of Murphysboro, who helped us roll out the red carpet for this event, Mike Clutts, for electrifying the area, and to the people in our community who rallied support and who came out to cheer on the competitors.

Photos ©Troy Brown.

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Praise the Lard™ Results

Praise the Lard Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors and crew for producing an outstanding event! Here are the results for the 27th Annual Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off:

Memphis Barbecue Network 
Grand Champion: Victory Lane BBQ
Pass Down: Sweet Swine O’ Mine

5) Clark Kent Super Smokers
3) Twyford’s BBQ & Catering
2) Victory Lane BBQ
1)Sweet Swine O’ Mine

5) Wild Irish Q
4) Gwatney Championship BBQ
3) Always Sugar Absolutely Fire
2) Sweet Swine O’ Mine
1) Victory Lane BBQ

5) Mispits
4) Party Q
3) The Flying Pigs
2) Will-Be-Que
1) Victory Lane BBQ

Kansas City Barbecue Society
Grand Champion: Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ
Reserve Grand Champion:  One2BBQ

10) Posey County Cookers
9) Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ
8) 270 Smokers
7).St Louis Black Iron BBQ
6) Hickory Pit Stop
5) Monster Q
4) Pitmaster IQ BBQ
3) Backporch Q
2) Gilly’s BBQ
1) Boss Hawg BBQ

10) 270 Smokers
9) A Boy & His BBQ
8) Monster Q
7) Smokin T’s BBQ
6) Pitmaster IQ
5) Sweet Swine O Mine
4) Carbondale Pork District
3) Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ
2) It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
1) One2BBQ

10) Killer Hogs
9) Blazin’ Blues BBQ
8) Q Bones
7) FBI BBQ6) Pitmasters IQ BBQ
5) Big O Dang O BBQ
4) Backporch BBQ
3) Wild Ones
2) Gilly’s BBQ
1) Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ

10) Smokin T’s BBQ
9) Monster Q
8) Too Big To Fail BBQ
7) Pitmaster IQ BBQ
6) It’s 5 O’Clock Somwhere
5) Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ
4) A Boy & his BBQ
3) Clark Kent Super Smokers
2) Quau
1) One2BBQ

Fish Contest – 1st Place: Party Q
Wings Contest – 1st Place: Mispits
Apple of Our Eye — Wild Irish Q

Townsend Spice Kids’ Que
7-11 age category: Emma Underwood and Haylee Lambert – The Grilling Legends
12-15 age category: Justin Bunch – A Pig’s Worst Nightmare

Ole Hickory Pits raffle
Shawn Stearns

Brews Brothers Taproom Best Bloody Mary
1) Posey County Cookers
2) A Pig’s Worst Nightmare
3) Clark Kent Super Smokers

Southern Illinois Showdown – World Food Championships Super Regional
3) Porkmafia
2) Blazin’ Blues BBQ
1) Sugarfire Smokehouse

3) TR’s Up In Smoke
2) All In Que
1) Piggy Style