The Wyoming State BBQ Championships were held August 16th – 18th in Worland, WY. Early this year, Grand Teton Brewing had been asked to sponsor the event. We said that we’d be happy to sponsor the event if we were allowed to compete in the BBQ competition. Our proposal was quickly accepted. With the BBQ trailer in tow and beer samples in the cooler, we were off to Worland.
The event began with a beer tasting and live music on Thursday night. This was the first year a beer tasting was involved and judging from the crowd response, it won’t be the last. Cooking began on Friday with 30 BBQ teams from 10 different states. Our team was labeled Brew Crew BBQ (led by sales director Chuck Nowicki) and was the only amateur team in the competition. We started cooking at 7:00am Friday morning and continued through the night until the judging Saturday afternoon. Teams competed in Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Ribs and BBQ sauce. Awards were given in each category, best overall and people’s choice. Although we scored well in several categories, we didn’t end up on the podium for any individual category. However, after all the votes were added up for the People’s Choice, it was Brew Crew BBQ by a landslide!
We plan to come back in 2013 to defend our title. It was a fun event with great camaraderie. After two days of solid cooking there were a few leftovers. Upon returning home, the entire brewery crew was treated to an all you can eat BBQ brisket lunch.