Whether it’s their first year or their tenth everyone competing in the Shade Tree BBQ Cook-off had the same goal: to smoke the competition.
Dedicated BBQ enthusiasts were out all weekend prepping, cooking and perfecting secret recipes to impress the judges’ palettes.
Unanimously the trick of the trade seemed to be “slow and low,” smoking the meat at a low temperature over a long period of time.
Whether it was chicken, ribs, or Boston butts, each team claimed to be the best. Not only when it came to their barbecue, but their team names.
“I’m the first to admit that there’s going to be some teams our here that are going to get lucky and will cook better than us, but nobody has a better team name than “Why You Grillin’ Me Dawg,” said competitor Jeremy Pope.
While the competitors talk a big game, and guard their secret recipes, at the end of the day they come not just for the competition but for the camaraderie.
‘Whistlestop here in Huntsville was our beginning. It’s kind of our home turf,” said Pope. “We love coming here.”