grillers have fun making
their favorite dishes among friends
Rock team gets into the
swing of things at BBQ Blast
(Aug. 11, 2006) While the professional cookers
are gearing up for the Indiana State Barbeque Cook-Off on Saturday,
Aug. 19, at the Madison Ribberfest, a more relaxed competition will
be heating up on Friday, Aug. 18. Anyone who loves to fire up the barbecue
grill is welcome to compete in the Backyard BBQ Blast, a friendly neighborhood
cook-off for amateur chefs.
by Don Ward
Prichard of Fletcher, Ohio,
cooks to the beat of music.
Steve Thomas of the Thomas Family Winery and chairman
of the event, said, Its a much more relaxed type of friendly,
backyard party than the professional competition. Folks just love to
come down, sit and just enjoy themselves. Indeed they do, and
one team, Hog Rock, plans on having some fun.
Hog Rock, comprised of Don and Loreda Prichard, of Fletcher, Ohio, and
Mary Ann Bennett of Hanover, Ind., will be back for a third time to
compete in the Backyard BBQ Blast. The Hog Rock team will have its usual
pig necklaces, which they special order from New Orleans, to hand out
to visitors and will be cooking and listening to rock music. This year,
they will have a new addition to the pig paraphernalia that decorates
their booth a small grill shaped like a pig.
Don said one day he got a phone call from Bennett, a friend from his
school days, who told him to come to Madison to check out a new barbecue
and blues music festival. That was in 2002, and he and his wife decided
a visit to the new festival with their longtime friends sounded fun.
They were totally impressed and decided to come back and compete in
the next years festival. Don came up with the idea of Hog Rock
when he was making up his grill to bring to the competition.
Last year, Hog Rock finished with a second place in Ribs and a third
place in Beef Brisket.
We particularly love the ribs, Don said.
He said the team took a rub recipe they had been using and changed it
by adding a variety of different spices. They think they have a great
recipe now and are hoping to win this year with it. He said they recently
got some practice in for the big competition when a friend asked them
to cook for a charity fund raiser. Everyone loved the cooking.
The only competition Hog Rock competes in is the Madison Ribberfest.
All the other competitions are professional and too serious for
For now, the team is satisfied with its annual visit to Madison, but
future plans to compete in other competitions have not been completely
This year, Hog Rock is bringing its own fan club. Several of the teams
friends have heard how fun Ribberfest is and are planning on traveling
with the Prichards to check things out. Don said they are planning on
just having a great time.
Teams at the Madison Ribberfest's Backyard BBQ Blast pay a $20 entry
fee and compete in five categories: beef, pork, ribs, chicken and game/other.
Winners are awarded the Spatula of Honor. Special prizes
will also be given to Best Original Sauce, Best Original Sauce Rub and
the Best Team awards.
Thomas said the event has grown over the years because people are finding
out how fun it is. During the first year the Backyard BBQ Blast was
held, there were about 15 teams. He also said about 32 teams will compete
this year, and about half of those will be from the local area.
Competition for the Backyard BBQ Blast begins at 7 a.m. Friday. Awards
will be presented on the Blues Bash stage at 9:30 p.m.
Anyone wishing information about the Backyard
BBQ Blast or Madison Ribberfest can visit: www.MadisonRibberfest.com.
Entries are still available.
as of 8-10-06
BBQ; Joe Craig; Madison, Ind.
Ex Fed BBQ of Indiana; Emmett Charles; Martinsville, Ind.
Sena Family Bar-B-Que; Don Sena Jr.; Cincinnati
Nicks Pit; Nick Sena; Cincinnati
Hoosier Crawdaddys; Doug & Debbie Searcy; Straughn,
Hog Rock; Don Prichard, Mary Ann Bennett; Hanover, Ind.
Little Sisters Bar-B-Q; Traci, Gina & M. Sena; Cincinnati
Docs Backyard Grub Grillers, Merrill Simmerman; Indianapolis
Up in Smoke; Michael Fox; Monroe, Ohio
Butt Rubbers BBQ; Chris Elrod & Paul Carter; Shelbyville,
Hungry Hoosiers Tailgate; Nick Kelp; Bloomington, Ind.
Olivia & Logans Finest; Roger Kavanaugh; Versailles,
Little York Rascals; Todd Chandler & Mike Alpha; Scottsburg,
Mo Dog Barbeque; Michael Horan; Scottsburg, IN
Cattle Drive BBQ Company; Brian Thomas; Louisville, KY
J&Rs Smoke House; James Collins; Lawton, Mich.
JDs BBQ; John P. Domansky; Kettering, OH
Oldham County Chops; Tony Sobelewski; Crestwood, KY
Bloomington Brew-n-Q; Dave Monnier; Bloomington, IN
The Arrogant Bastards; David Silvestain; Maineville, OH
MPS Printing; Jeff Daghir; Madison, IN
Fine Swine BBQ; Brent ONeal; Madison, IN
Pig N Boots; Helen Bertsch; Waterford, Mich.
Steves Big Butt BBQ; Steve Liter; Madison, IN
2 Chubb and a Rub; Jeff Bowen; Anderson, IN
Daddy Bobs Burnt Offerings; Jamie Murphy, Shane Cahall,
Jennifer Thompson; Madison, IN
Smokey Treats; Jon Speckman; Cincinnati
Making Meat Meat BBQ; Rick McClain; Indianapolis
Simbos BBQ; Jason M. Semmler; Greenwood, IN
Yeah We Smoked It; David Roberts; Osgood, IN
Pappy Lee & Little Earl; Earl Lee; Middletown, OH
Seymour Butt Smokers; Donovan Blanton; Seymour, IN
SHU-B-QUR; Jerry Ralston, Madison, IN
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