The event began Friday evening, Aug. 29, and wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 30. According to organizer Beth Thompson, Marketing Manager at Wild Rose, 23 teams participated in the contest.
Participants pulled their fifth wheel trailers and RVs into the Wild Rose RV Travel Park, along with their BBQ smokers. Pork ribs and pork butt were the cuts of choice, and the meat was supplied by Wild Rose. The event was loosely based on Kansas City Barbecue Society rules.
BBQ samples were available for the public to taste, as well as the team of six BBQ judges. Once the judges had sampled each of the entries, the top five teams in each category, as well as a grand champion and reserve champion, were named. Over $3,000 in cash prizes were awarded.
RIBS - First Place: Gary Vinsand, Vinny’s BBQ, Dakota City, $500; Second Place: Bruce Grummon, Smokin’ Grumps, Rockwell City, $300; Third Place: Ben Gunderson, Gun Smoking BBQ, Ankeny, $150; Fourth Place: Darrell Hoffman, Big D’s BBQ, Spencer, $75; and Fifth Place: Richard Moore, Black Hat BBQ, Milford, $50.
BUTT - First Place: Bill Bramley and Steve Finer, Bill and Steve’s BBQ, Emmetsburg, $500; Second Place: Ernie Wolter, Stray Smoke, Emmetsburg, $300; Third Place: Gary Vinsand, Vinny’s BBQ, Dakota City, $150; Fourth Place: Dave Estlund, Team Laurens, Laurens, $75; Fifth Place: Jim Carrigan, After Hours BBQ, Emmetsburg, $50.
Grand Champion: Gary Vinsand, Vinny’s BBQ, Dakota City, $1,000.
Reserve Grand Champion: Bill Bramley and Steve Finer, Bill and Steve’s BBQ, Emmetsburg, $500.
GRAND CHAMPION BBQ - Gary Vinsand (at left) of Vinny’s BBQ from Dakota City took home $1,000 as Grand Champion of the 2008 BBQ Competition at Wild Rose Casino & Resort on Saturday. Zealea and Tina Hamblin (at right) sampled some of Vinsand’s winning ribs. -- Lori Hall photo