Do you have what it takes to be named “Best of the Butts” in this year’s charity competition during Smokin’ in McMinnville? Prove it and earn up to $1,500 for your organization.
“We have changed things up a bit this year,” said Michael Griffin. “We have added a KCBS Professionals Judges Choice winner in addition to the Popular Vote winner. The winning charity or charities will receive $500 and $1,000, respectively, or winner takes all.”
The teams to best this year are Collins River BBQ cooking for Children’s Advocacy Center and Stuffin’ Thangs cooking for Petey’s Project, the winners in last year’s charity competition.
Randall Gilliam, of Stuffin’ Thangs, says the plan is to not share the title this year.
“We hope to demonstate the superiority of our barbecue this year,” said Gilliam. “We have been working on it over the last year and we feel we have perfected our barbecue. We feel confident that we will be making the best barbecue in this competition.”
Gilliam says he and partner Jason Craighead are in the competition to have fun, which include boasting about winning to the others teams.
“There is a lot of fun to this competition,” he said. “There is a pro-division and a backyard division for amateurs. We compete in the amateur side. It’s usually local folks and everyone knows one another. It makes the competition a lot of fun.”
Joe O’Neal, co-owner of Collins River BBQ, says he has done more than work on his barbecue.
“They may need to practice a little bit more,” said O’Neal. “I’ve been cooking twice a week. We are ready to go. We are going to win this year. The bragging rights will be ours and ours alone.”
Winner aside, O’Neal agrees with Gilliam that the competition is fun.
“The local competition is fun for us and the money goes to a good cause,” said Joe. “You usually know the people you are competing against, which makes it a lot of fun.”
The other half of Collins River BBQ and the charity competition cooking team is Chris O’Neal.
Smokin’ in McMinnville is hosted by the city of McMinnville through its Parks and Recreation Department and is held at the Civic Center. The event is Aug. 9-10
The charity competition is from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Availability is limited to the first 10 local charitable organizations that submit a registration form and pay the entry fee of $150 per team.
For more information about the competition, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 473-6611 or visit www.smokininmcminnville.com to download a registration form.