Dizzy Pig competition team in 2018

This barbecue competition marks our 135th competition, and the 17th straight year of Dizzy Pig at the New Holland Summerfest.

In 2002, the Dizzy Pig Competition BBQ Team kicked off their career just East of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a gorgeous town called New Holland in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. The New Holland Summerfest was in its third year when Dizzy Pig cooked their first contest there. And while we felt quite confident with our cooking skills on the Big Green Egg, we were as green as it gets with competition BBQ.

As luck would have it, we were cooking right next to Ray “DrBBQ” Lampe. He was an early mentor to us, dropping several bits of wisdom upon us during the contest. And he has since become our good friend! We didn’t beat DrBBQ that day, of course, but we managed 8th place overall in a field of 34 competition teams!

We were hooked.

August 25, 2018 marked the 17th straight year we’ve competed at this amazing event. Being almost 2 decades older than we were when we first competed there is just one reason this contest was really special for us this year.

  • Dizzy Pig Competition Team at New Holland in 2003

    Dizzy Pig Competition Team at New Holland in 2003 (from l-r: Tony Tropea, John Kovaskitz, Kenny Baker, Mike Kerslake, and Chris Capell)

  • Dizzy Pig's chicken box at New Holland Summerfest 2018

    Our team after this year’s competition (from l-r: Daren Proctor, Nicole & Brian Junkins, Teresa Nester, Chris Capell, John Kovaskitz, Kaitlyn Proctor, and Susan Handy)

And when you think about it, the beautiful community park where the contest is held feels a lot like home. In fact, we’ve now camped a total of 34 nights in the park. We’ve had so much fun and excitement, cooking on our Big Green Eggs and making many friends along the way. This competition is one of the best there is, laid back and run like a well-oiled machine, and we were so happy to be back again.

How did Dizzy Pig do this year?

Results: 36 / 71 Teams
We thought the food we turned into the judges was solid, and we especially liked the chicken and ribs this year.

The judges? Not so much.

Of the 71 teams competing, Dizzy Pig placed 36th overall, with the following individual results:

  • 34th in Chicken
  • 26th in Ribs
  • 26th in Pork
  • 44th in Brisket

What that means is zero top ten calls to the stage in the four main categories. Which is normally a lonely place to be…

But hey, the silver lining shone that day, and Dizzy Pig received two calls to the stage, thanks to the efforts of Susan Handy! She and Teresa Nester took on the responsibility of cooking the two ancillary categories and rocked it! Dizzy Pig placed:

  • 5th in Sausage
  • 9th in Chef’s Choice

What were the judges looking at?

  • Dizzy Pig's chicken box at New Holland Summerfest 2018

    Chicken box

  • Dizzy Pig's ribs box at New Holland Summerfest 2018

    Ribs box

  • Dizzy Pig's pork box at New Holland Summerfest 2018

    Pork box

  • Dizzy Pig's brisket box at New Holland Summerfest 2018

    Brisket box

How have we done in the past?

In past years, Dizzy Pig has held their own against this talented lineup of teams. In the 16 previous years, Dizzy Pig won a Grand Championship in 2014, and took top-ten overall honors 10 times!

  • Dizzy Pig's ribs box at New Holland Summerfest 2018

    Dizzy Pig won the Grand Championship in 2014 beating 69 teams

  • New Holland Competitions Results 2002 – 2017

    2002 – 8th / 34 teams

    2003 – 17th / 43 teams

    2004 – 11th / 54 teams

    2005 – 4th / 55 teams

    2006 – 7th / 72 teams

    2007 – 8th / 70 teams

    2008 – 10th / 71 teams

    2009 – 22nd / 72 teams

    2010 – 12th / 72 teams

    2011 – 4th / 67 teams

    2012 – 15th / 71 teams

    2013 – 8th / 71 teams

    2014 – 1st / 70 teams

    2015 – 4th / 70 teams

    2016 – 41st / 66 teams

    2017 – 7th / 69 teams