Madison Ribberfest

Eat Mor Butt BBQ takes top trophy at Madison KCBS barbecue contest

Ferdinand, Ind., team was second at last year’s event

(September 2016) – Keith Helming was surprised when his team, Eat Mor Butt, was declared the Grand Champion winner at the 2016 Madison RibberFest pro barbecue cooking contest on Saturday, Aug. 20 in Madison, Ind. All of the blood, sweat and tears he had poured into his barbecuing technique paid off in a big way.

Madison Ribberfest
KCBS Contest Results
August 20, 2016
(Top 10 teams in each cooking category earn prize money)

Overall Winners

  1. Eat Mor Butt BBQ,
    Ferdinand, Ind.
  2. Fowl Butt BBQ, Decatur, Ind.
  3. Able Acres BBQ,
    Crawfordsville, Ind.
  4. Black Metal BBQ, Indianapolis
  5. Uncle Toad’s Competition BBQ, Dayton, Ohio
  6. Grey Street BBQ, Avon, Ind.
  7. Velvet Smoke, Cincinnati
  8. Smokin’ 4-play BBQ,
    Springboro, Ohio
  9. Monster-Que, Springfield, Ill.
  10. Smokin’ Hoosiers Bar-B-Q LLC, Tippecanoe, Ind.


  1. Uncle Toad’s Competition BBQ
  2. Scuffletown smokers
  3. Smitty’s Real Pit BBQ
  4. Blue Chip BBQ
  5. Bark Brothers BBQ
  6. Grey Street BBQ
  7. Victory Smokers
  8. Able Acres BBQ
  9. Boiler Q’ers
  10. Velvet Smoke


  1. The Flying Burritos
  2. Eat Mor Butt BBQ
  3. Thunder Hog BBQ
  4. Black Metal BBQ
  5. Smokin’ 4-Play BBQ
  6. Smitty’s Real Pit BBQ
  7. WEQ4U
  8. Fowl Butt BBQ
  9. Smokin’ Hookers Bar-B-Q
  10. Whiskey Whiskers BBQ Co.


  1. Scuffletown Smokers
  2. Able Acres BBQ
  3. WEQ4U
  4. Making Meat BBQ
  5. Squealers Award-Winning Barbeque
  6. Victory Smokers
  7. All in Que
  8. Hug Hogs
  9. D’Vine Swine
  10. Big It’s Smokin’ BBQ


  1. Fowl Butt BBQ
  2. Grey Street BBQ
  3. Butts-N-Racks BBQ
  4. Eat Mor Butt BBQ
  5. Making Meat BBQ
  6. Black Metal BBQ
  7. Thunder Hog BBQ
  8. Velvet Shore
  9. Able Acres BBQ
  10. WV Loc-N-Loaded BBQ

(Top three places paid)

  1. Yellow River BBQ
  2. Tire Smoke BBQ
  3. Smokin’ Hookers Bar-B-Q

Anything Butt:
(Top three places paid)

  1. Meat Misters
  2. Tree Wise Guys
  3. Smokin’ Irish

Madison Courier
Backyard BBQ Blast
August 19, 2016
No overall team awards are given at the annual Madison Courier Backyard BBQ Blast, but rather, teams are judged within each cooking category. Following are the results from judging at this year’s event, which takes place on Vaughn Drive on the Friday night of Ribberfest:


  1. Amiah J’s BBQ
  2. Curvy Bottoms
  3. Scooter’s Family BBQ


  1. Lazy E BBQ
  2. J Dubs BBQ
  3. (Tie) Sugar Creek Smokers, Tattoo Pig BBQ


  1. Elkhawg Smokers
  2. Smokin’ Shorty’s
  3. The Meatles


  1. Chad’s BBQ
  2. Notorious P.I.G. BBQ
  3. Curvy Bottoms

Sena Family Smokers

Elkhawg Smokers

Best Team:
The Meatles

B 'n M BBQ

Kids Q Contest
Results August 20, 2016

8-11 Year Old Division:

  1. Riley Poling
  2. Nathaniel Baugh

12-15 Year Old Division:

  1. Reagan McIntire
  2. Abby Schneider

Pigmania concrete pig decorating contest:

Judge's Award:

Chris P. Bacon (Madison Auto Collision)

People's Choice Award:
Chewbacon (Man Attractions salon)

His partner in pork is Chris Roos. “We knew we had turned in four good categories, but we never knew how good we were,” said Helming of Ferdinand, Ind.
Helming, 40, and Roos, 50, were “family in a way, related through in-laws,” he said. Helming said they began barbecuing 15 to 20 years ago.
Cooking seemed to be in Helming’s beings, since his parents owned a restaurant while he was growing up. When he and Roos decided to enter a hometown contest one year, “we went out on a limb,” he said. From this experience, “we got the bug in us.”
The friends began competing in barbecuing contests in 2010. They now travel all over the country to contests, having been to Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Competing in 10 to 15 contests a year keeps them busy. “Last year, we did 17,” said Helming, an electrician. Roos works in sales.
They still have five more competitions to go this year. They have to take a “lot of vacation time off of work,” he said. Competing in an event means getting everything ready before they go, packing it up, unpacking at the site, cooking, cleaning and packing up again to take it home, then putting it all away once they get home.
Their next competition will be on Sept. 16-17 at Blues & BBQ at the Point in Carrollton, Ky. “All it is, is a hobby,” Helming said. “We enjoy doing it.”
Last year at the Madison RibberFest, Eat Mor Butt was the Reserve Grand Champion (second place) team. Helming said that “last year though Sam’s Club we qualified for the Nationals.”
They traveled to Bentonville, Ark., where they placed seventh in pork and in the top 20 out of 50 on Oct. 10.
The Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour boasted a $500,000 prize purse. Kansas City Barbeque Society-certified judges had to select 50 of the best out of an entry pool of 750.
“This tour shows the true American barbecue style of cooking that stretches all over the country – from coast to coast, border to border,” said Series Director Michael McDearman last year. McDearman demonstrated grilling tips and techniques for attendees.
This tour is a tournament-style series in which teams advance from a local qualifying event to the top tier of their regional event in order to qualify for the National Championship. Sponsors include Bush’s, Cargill, Clorox, ConAgra Foods, Heinz, the National Pork Board, New Zealand Lamb, Pepsi Co., Reser’s Fine Foods, Sweet Baby Rays and Tone’s.
But no matter how you slice it, said Madison Ribberfest KCBS chairman Drew Garrett, “We have the premier barbecue festival in the world. We have a great landscape and promote a friendly competition.” 
Garrett’s father, the late Jeff Garrett, founded the Madison Ribberfest in 2002.
Ribberfest is “a lot bigger festival” than some, said Helming. “They do it right down there, with adding blues and a beer garden. The crew is great, also.”
There is a lot of interest from the crowd at Ribberfest, too, he said. Attendees ask questions because “a lot of people don’t make brisket at home.”
Ribberfest organizers “bring in the big name teams,” Helming said.
Other 2016 Ribberfest contest winners
In addition to pro and amateur cooking contests, the Madison Ribberfest Kidz Q offers youngsters to compete. This year’s winner in two separate age categories were as follows: 8-11-year-old division: Riley Poling, first; Nathaniel Baugh, second. In the 12-15-year-old division: Reagan McIntire, first; Abby Schneider, second.

Photo provided

From left, KCBS chairman Drew Garrett poses with Eat Mor Butt BBQ team members Keith Helming and Chris Roos of Ferdinand, Ind.

In the concrete pig decorating contest known as “Pigmania,” there are two winners each year – one determined by the judges and a “People’s Choice” award for popularity that is based on the amount of money donated to each pig. This year’s Judge’s Choice went to the “Chris P. Bacon” pig created by Madison Auto Collision. The “People’s Choice” award went to the Chewbacon” entry created by Mane Attractions salon.
More than $3,500 was raised this year by Pigmania, according to organizers. The money is used to provide scholarships to area high school graduates.
Madison Courier Backyard BBQ Blast

No overall team awards are given at the annual Madison Courier Backyard BBQ Blast, but rather, teams are judged within each cooking category. Following are the results from judging at this year’s event, which takes place on Vaughn Drive on the Friday night of Ribberfest.

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