Thousands of barbecue fans didn’t fear the Killer B’s. Instead, they sought out the team and its award-winning work at the second annual “Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown” Nov. 15-17.
The championship meat-cooking competition was sponsored by BI-LO and held at the Charleston Harbor Resort, and more than 1,400 pounds of canned goods were donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank through a special event admission promotion.
The competition followed Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) rules, with teams of blindfolded judges sampling barbecue from each team. KCBS is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, sanctioningmore than 400 barbeque contests throughout America. It serves as a clearinghouse of barbeque information.
The Killer B’s BBQ team, from Evans, Ga. bested 34 other four- and five-person teams to claim the Grand Champion trophy – a large cutting board with the BI-LO logo laser engraved into the wood, along with the $1,300 top prize. Blowin’ Smoke LLC was the Reserve Grand Champion, winning $600 and a similar BI-LO emblazoned cutting-board trophy.
Killer B’s BBQ also won the chicken competition and took second for ribs, fifth in brisket, sixth in pork and 14thin chicken wings competitions. As Grand Champion, Killer B’s BBQ will be featured in the 2014 Charleston Wine & Food Festival Feb. 28 – March 2 and also is eligible to compete in the American Royal and the Jack Daniels World Championship.
“All around, it was a grand slam,” said Matt Galvin, special events manager of Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. “It was an extremely strong competition and we had great weather on Saturday with a big crowd for a second-year event.”
Approximately 10,500 chicken wings were consumed during the public sampling on Friday night and 22,400 ounces (1,400 pounds) of barbecued pulled pork were consumed during the Saturday public sampling.