Asbury Park, New Jersey – July 2006
This was our first time in Asbury Park, and our first time at an Arlie Bragg contest. He puts on a great gig, and it turned out to be an incredible weekend. Good weather blessed us, and even though the town of Asbury Park looked like a war zone, it turned out to be a very interesting town with great people! We cooked up what we thought was some great BBQ, and things went really smoothly. We got some time to hang out at the Tiki Bar, right on the beach, and we got to party with some good friends and meet quite a few new ones. The big surprise came at the award ceremony. They called the top 5 teams in each category, and we got one call up for 2nd place ribs….that was all. Two other teams (Front Street Smokehouse and Ribs Within) received three top five calls, and three teams (BBQ Guru, The Anchormen and Lost Nation) each got 2 callups. Our friends at The BBQ Guru were called up for Reserve Grand Champs, and we started wondering if it would be Front Street or Ribs Within for Grand. Maybe The Anchormen or Lost Nation?? Then the call came….Grand Champion……Dizzy Pig!!! A hell of a surprise, and our jaws dropped. Turns out consistency made the day with all four entries in the top ten. Just an incredible weekend!!