The team of Alber, Sharp,and Sharp Cookers won first place in the first ever Webster County Agricultural Association BBQ Cook-off held in Bladen at the Webster County Fair Sunday. The Big daddy’s came in second and Kinley Camp was third.
The A.S.&S. team received the vote of the judges and was the people’s choice winner as well.
Six teams competed for the honor of best BBQ Chef of the county including a team from Texas. Scott Bittner team captain of the Texas team said the competition was all in good fun and he felt it was a nice addition to the fair. He had attended the fair for the last several years because he has friends in the area.
Saturday evening each team received their beef Brisket and was free to begin cooking as soon as they received it. The teams spent all day and night perfecting their entry. They were advised to have it turned in and ready for judging at 6 P.M. Sunday. Each team was also required to prepare a side dish to go along with the brisket. The Winning team served smoked mushroom with their brisket. Another team served a smoked mac and cheese dish that received favorable comments from the crowd who got to purchase a meal of the results of the contest after the conclusion of the judging.
Andy Alber, captain of the team of Alber, Sharp and Sharp Cookers, (the Sharps being Alber’s stepson, Ethan and Garret) said that they had been practicing for the event since Christmas time. He said they had watched the TV show Pit Master to perfect their method and had tried out a number of recipes. Even though they won the contest Alber said he was disappointed that his entry wasn’t the best brisket he had cooked over the last several months. Just the same Alber, Sharp and Sharp are ready to accept the title of Champion Brisket Cookers of Webster County. Although pleased to win the grand prize, a nice grill, Alber says his team is most pleased to have bragging rights. “It isn’t really about winning, “he said “It’s about having fun.”
The BBQ Cook off contest ended an entire day of activities which included an all-faith church service, a community potluck dinner, a gospel concert in the open-air auditorium and the ever popular 4H ice cream roll. A full slate of activities will follow this week at the Webster County fairgrounds.