Athens, GA: Great City, Poor Result; Team Leaves To Help With OBR
This past weekend, Smoke This traveled to Athens, GA for the first time. While the city is awesome and the venue too, the results were less than stellar. It happens. The team did improve their Georgia BBQ Championship standing in three meats and overall so the weekend was not a total loss. The best result was a 7th place in ribs followed by 12th in pork. These helped yield a 13th overall finish.
Immediately following turn-ins, two team members packed up and left the contest enroute to Hammond, LA to assist Operation BBQ Relief in feeding folks that are in dire need of help. OBR deployed on Monday, August 15, 2016 and at 9:45 am on August 22, 2016, the group and all its volunteers packed meal number 144,000! Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May of 2011 in the aftermath of the tornados that ripped through Joplin, MO. BBQ teams from eight states rallied together to feed thousands who were displaced by the destruction. To date, around 800,000 meals have been prepared and distributed.
It appears that the guys in LA will be there through the week. Therefore, the other members will be heading to Boydton, VA on August 26 to cook the 4th Annual Big Bad BBQ Bash. While this is the 4th year in exisitence, this is the first year that the competition is being sanctioned by KCBS.
Smoke This would like to give a special thanks to the Atlanta BBQ Store. Randy and his team have come onboard this year as our first sponsor and we are delighted to have their help. Randy and his crew do an amazing job and have all the products that winning teams use! Be sure to visit their website for all our bbq needs or give them a call at 706.536.2901.
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