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The HEAT was on

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Members of the Boydton Volunteer Fire Department Flames may not have won the competition, but they were very particular in how they presented their BBQ to patrons. The Flames won Best in Presentation for the second year in a row.
SoVaNow.com / August 28, 2013
Competition in the 2013 Big Bad BBQ Battle in Boydton heated up Saturday and after tasting 36 delicious entries, the judges declared the winners in an extremely close contest.

The Best of the Best overall award of $1,000 and a trophy went to Eddie Tate’s team “Tater Bugs Barbeque, from Ringgold. Tate’s team also captured first place for their ribs, taking home $500 and a trophy and second place in the brisket category, which earned the team $250 and a trophy.

First place in the brisket category earned Vernon Watts Jr. and his “Another Pig Bites the Dust” team $500 and a trophy. Watts and his team (made up on his three young children and his wife) also took home trophies for third place in both the ribs category and the butt/shoulder category. From Ruther Glen, Va., Watts said he was very surprised with the brisket win because he had never cooked it before.

The Town of Boydton Volunteer Fire Department “Flames,” headed up by Ronny Worley, repeated their victory in 2012 and took first place in the Showmanship category, winning $300 and a trophy. Second place in Showmanship ($100 and a trophy) went to Boydton’s Dennis Moseman and his “DJ’s Traveling Pig Cooking Service” team.

Taking second place for ribs was ”Smokin’ Okie and Edwards,” the team of Thomas Franco and Jeff Edwards of Clarksville. They took home $250 and a trophy. Second place for butts/shoulder went to Jeremy Ratliff of Halifax and his team “Smoking Barrels BBQ.” Pat Root of Skipwith and his team “Hog Heads” took home the third place trophy for their brisket.

The second annual barbeque competition in the small town of Boydton attracted hundreds of visitors and a good number of locals. The crowds swarmed around the 12 competitors grills and gathered on the Mecklenburg Courthouse lawn as people enjoyed pounds of barbeque, before dancing to JB and the Get Down Browns on the Courthouse Square. “The weather was perfect, the teams did a fantastic job in the competition and we are so excited about the size of the crowd here in Boydton,” said Historic Boydton’s Renaissance President Will Ober, organizer of the event. “Our committee has outdone themselves and put together a remarkable event. Now we just can’t wait until next year.”

Making the event happen were committee chairman Brooks Lenhart, assisted by Donna Ober, Charlie Reamy, Ann Lee Reamy, Sylvia Coleman, Frances Kindley and a host of others. Funding for the event was made possible by Southern Heritage B&B, Brian N. Parks, Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau, Bevell Crop Insurance, Beales Law Offices, Rose’s Pizza, Triangle Grocery, Mark’s Place, Thomson Lipscomb, Quilters Nook, First Citizens Bank, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Citizens Community Bank, Jack and Cynthia Kidwell, Plantation Dog Food, Olde Lamps ‘n Thangs, PATHS, Crop Production Services, Castle’s Butcher Shop, Virginia Homes, Worley’s Convenience Store, La Crosse Indoor Flea Market, Dollar General, Park Oil and Ray Cherry. The 2014 competition will take place on the fourth Saturday in August.

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