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Smoke-N-The Rockies, a barbecue team from Pueblo Colo. was the grand champion at the third annual Honky Tonk Barbecue Festival in North Platte last weekend.

The team won $1,200 and was invited to compete in the American Royale National Championship Barbecue contest in Kansas City.

The Sweetheart City Smokers, a team from Loveland Colo., was the reserve champion.

Area teams did well in the competition.

The Bugeaters team from Kearney placed third overall. The Pig Elation team from North Platte placed sixth and the Krazy Kirbs Buzzard Roost team from North Platte placed eighth overall.

Other area teams and ranks:


1st - Freddies Firebox from Omaha

4th – Bugeaters Barbecue, Kearney

6th – Pig Elation, North Platte

7th – AJ's Barbecue, North Platte

10th – Got Wood, North Platte

Pork Rib:

1st - Smoke-N-The Rockies, Pueblo Colo.

4th - Bugeaters Barbecue, Kearney

6th - Pig Elation, North Platte

7th - Naked Pig Barbecue, North Platte (first time competing!)

9th - Krazy Kirbs Buzzard Roost BBQ, North Platte

10th - AJ's Barbecue, North Platte

Pork Roast:

1st - Bugeaters, Kearney

6th - Blowin' Smoke Barbecue, North Platte

8th - Fire In The Hole, McCook

9th - Pig Elation, North Platte

10th - Come & Get It, North Platte

Beef Brisket (most difficult category)

1st - Sweetheart City Smokers, Loveland Colo.

3rd - Smokin' Along The Platte, Mullen

5th - Krazy Kirbs Buzzard Roost, North Platte

6th - Bugeaters, Kearney

7th - Tex and Smokin' Armadillos, Wallace

9th - Pig Elation, North Platte

The third annual Honky Tonk Barbecue Festival was the best ever, according to organizer Rob Mandeville.

Mandeville said he believed the difference was because the festival became sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society this year.

“We jumped from eight teams last year to 20 teams this year,” Mandeville said. “I was proud of how well our local teams did. They were up against out of state teams with literally hundreds of sanctioned competitions under their belts.”

Mandeville said local barbecue teams had anywhere from zero to nine total competitions going into Saturdays event. The best local showing was Smokin' Along The Platte with a third place in the brisket competition.

Friday nights Food For All, where residents get to sample the barbecue fare from the competitors, nearly doubled this year to 600 plus people, despite the weather, Mandeville said. He said the gates opened at 6 p.m. Friday evening and did not close until 8:30 p.m. as the last of the crowd filed in through pouring rains to get a taste of some of the country’s best barbecue.

“We’re already making plans for next year’s festival,” Mandeville said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/11/2008
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