2005 Madison Ribberfest Pro Division
Sibling rival heats up among pro cookers
Cincinnati brothers' teams evoke Elvis, Irish
MADISON, Ind. (Aug. 12, 2005) The Madison Ribberfests pro division cook-off will once again pit Cincinnatis Donnellon brothers against one another in fierce but friendly competition. The Smokin Irish, a team consisting of brothers Tom and Terry Donnellon, return to the Madison riverfront this year with the Smokin Elvises, a team led by brothers Steve and Dan Donnellon.
The elder Donnellon brothers, Steve and Dan, have been
competing in barbecue events for nearly a decade. Along with friends
Bill Sloat and Steve Goldman, they settled on the name Smokin
Elvises six years ago. All four team members are Elvis fans, so the
theme was an easy choice. In fact, to become a Smokin Elvis, the
Donnellons insist that a cooker first visit Elvis Pressleys home
Tom Donnellon of the Smokin Irish first got involved
in barbecuing several years ago when he traveled with Steve to Indianapolis
BBQ-lossal. There, they volunteered as Pig Police, testing
the temperatures of entries. The sights and smells of the contest piqued
Toms interest, and he was fortunate to meet Ray Lampe, a.k.a.
Dr. BBQ, and learn a few of his tricks.
For more information or to order tickets, call the Madison Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-559-2956 or visit: www.madisonribberfest.com.