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Barbecue lover’s delight

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Above, law enforcement officers take custody of a lot of BBQ in the eating contest between the Mecklenburg and Halifax Sheriff’s offices; top, the Aporkalypse Now team from Springfield was named Grand Champion. / August 23, 2017
Thirty-three teams were in Boydton this weekend, each vying for the title of grand champion of Boydton’s Big Bad Barbecue contest. To make it through the Saturday contest, the pit masters and their teams overcame nearly 100 degree temperatures, oppressive humidity, the threat of protesters storming into town to topple a Confederate monument, and a town-wide power outage.

When the cooking was complete, the Aporkalypse Now team from Springfield was named Grand Champion. Their pit master, Michael Fay has been barbecuing for nearly 20 years, and finds competitive BBQ fun.

In addition to earning the title of Grand Champion, the Aporkalypse Now took home first place honors for their pork ribs, third place for their chicken and pork butt and seventh place for their brisket.

The Old Colony Smokehouse team from Edenton, N.C. was named Reserve Grand Champion.

They took home a first place finish for their chicken, fourth for their pork butt, seventh for pork ribs and ninth for their brisket.

Wolf’s Revenge BBQ, a Kansas City Barbeque Society competition team out of Richmond won first place honors for their brisket and Muttley Crew BBQ, a husband and wife team from Apex, N.C. placed first for their pork butt.

While the judges may have preferred the pork prepared by Aporkalypse Now, The Old Colony Smokehouse or Muttley Crew, the people’s choice went this year to Michael Parker and his Freaking Squeaking BBQ from Nelson.

The festivities began Friday night with a community-wide dinner named “The Anything But BBQ” dinner and a rib eating contest that set deputies from Halifax County Sheriff’s office against the counterparts in Mecklenburg County.

For the second year in a row, Mecklenburg County deputies proved their rib eating skills are unbeatable. The star of this year’s team was deputy Josh Carroll. Helping him were Lt. Dan Arnold and Virginia State Trooper Chris Sizemore.

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