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BBQ cook-off a sizzling success
Bill Armstrong of Hangn and Smokin prepares wings for Friday nights Wing Fest as part of Smokin in McMinnville.
From seasoned professionals and national champions to wide-eyed first-timers, BBQ enthusiasts from around the country descended on the Nursery Capital this weekend for Smokin’ in McMinnville.The event included a Wing Fest on Friday night, charity Best of the Butts on Saturday at lunch, and the professional and backyard competitions Saturday afternoon. The cook-off drew record numbers, all with their own stories about what brought them to the contest.First-timer Bryan McKnight of Atomic Hog BBQ out of Hillsboro made his debut in the professional division at Smokin’ in McMinnville.“We are Atomic Hog BBQ and ‘Q’ will blow your mind,” said McKnight, adding he has done some amateur competitions but is stepping up. “Now I’m stepping into the big-boy shoes and going all in.”Brent Nunley of TNT BBQ has been around for quite a while.