Judging BBQ at Pigs in Paradise

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I had never even attended a BBQ Event before, so when the folks at Seminole Casino Immokalee asked me if I’d like to be one of the judges for their 2nd Annual Pigs in Paradise, I said yes. As I pulled into the space, it looked like a giant carnival in the distance.

Once I got close, I realized all the colorful banners were there to show off some of their BBQ titles.

The 6 BBQ Competitors were…

Aussom Aussie at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Aussom Aussie
Big Boned BBQ at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Big Boned BBQ Co.
Blazin' Bronco BBQ at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Blazin’ Bronco BBQ & Rib Company
Fat Fred's BBQ at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Fat Fred’s Famous Bar-B-Q
Johnson's BBQ at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Johnson’s Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que
Pork-N-Beans BBQ at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Porky-N-Beans B-B-Q Company

The smell in the air was intoxicating, and I’d never seen anything like this. Six BBQ vendors were doing their thing, and two other folks were selling lemonade, corndogs, corn, and all that festival-type food.

Everyone was here for the BBQ, and I couldn’t wait to start judging. This was probably one of the trickiest judging assignments I’ve ever tackled since everything was similar yet different.

Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event Judges
Pigs in Paradise Judges
Pigs in Paradise BBQ Judge's Form
Pigs in Paradise BBQ Judge’s Form

These guys are pros, and it came down to slight differences in sauces or texture. Since it was a blind tasting, I still don’t know which one I thought best, but I remember that in the Ribs Category, rib #1 was tops in my book.

My Favorites

Brisket #3 at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Brisket #3
Pulled Pork #3 at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Pulled Pork #3
Rib #1 at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Rib #1
BBQ Sauce #3 at Pigs in Paradise BBQ Event
Sauce #3

Pigs in Paradise Winners

The judging occurred on Saturday; the winners were not announced until Sunday. I, unfortunately, was not there when the winners were given their trophies; here are the victors:

Pigs in Paradise Stage
Pigs in Paradise Stage

Grand Champion

Porky N Beans

People’s Choice

  • 1st—Big Boned
  • 2nd—Blazin’ Bronco
  • 3rd—Fat Fred’s

Brisket

  • 1st—Big Boned
  • 2nd—Porky N Beans
  • 3rd—Blazin’ Bronco

Pulled Pork

  • 1st—Porky & Beans
    2nd—Big Boned
    3rd—Johnson’s

Sauce

  • 1st—Blazin’ Bronco
    2nd—Porky N Beans
    3rd—Johnson’s

Ribs

  • 1st—Blazin’ Bronco
    2nd—Porky N Beans
    3rd—Johnson’s
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