CMCA barbecue warms the grill with contest
Six barbecue teams vied for the chance to be the top barbecuer of the day during the Central Missouri Community Action's Second Annual Hott Butts Barbecue Contest on Friday and Saturday at the Isle of Capri parking lot.
There were twice as many teams this year competing for the prize of a 100 percent payout. Despite the cooler temperatures on Friday the public showed up for the all-you-could eat wings.
We had a good turnout of about 100 people. We did a 50/50 raffle. The contestant who won gave it back to CMCA as a donation. We also had live music with Becky Blackaby," CMCA's Pamela Beerup said.
Trail Boss Barbecue, or Shooting Smoke won the Friday wing contest.
"It was a great win. We had a bunch of teams here cooking chicken wings, which everyone had great wings. We ended up being the lucky ones that people like the most," Steve Stone said.
Stone said the secret to the wings includes smoking them first and then deep frying them. They are then rolled in a parmesan style sauce.
"This is a great event. I hope it gets much bigger because it goes for great charities," Stone said.
On Saturday, it was time for the judges to weigh-in on the barbecue.
"The teams have been cooking for the judges with a 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. turn-in time. We had KCBS judges here and organizers tallying the results with a 100 percent payout," Beerup said.
Each exhibit was judged on presentation, taste and texture to name a few.
"With the help of Evan Melkersman and the love of barbecue I got involved. I went to Head Start and this is my way of giving back," barbecue judge Bud Jones said.
Jones said while no one is perfect he would give the barbecuers today a 9.9 out of 10.
Next year, the plans are to make the event much bigger.
"This event will be going on for next year for the serious barbecuer. The event will be sanctioned, so mark your calendars," CMCA Community Organizer Evan Melkersman said.
All proceeds go to different programs within CMCA.