Barn Burner brings out best in barbecuers

Yarrow event draws out 22 competitors, with delicious results at first sanctioned BBQ event of the season

Competitors in the Barn Burner BBQ Competition slice up pork ribs for the judges on Sunday in Yarrow. Twenty-two teams competing

Competitors in the Barn Burner BBQ Competition slice up pork ribs for the judges on Sunday in Yarrow. Twenty-two teams competing

Yarrow was filled with the sweet and spicy smells of barbecue on Sunday, with the arrival of the second annual Barn Burner BBQ Competition.

The property at The Farm Store was filled with tents and trailers that were home for the weekend for 22 competitors, preparing several barbecue dishes for a large panel of judges.

But it was Rusty’s BBQ who won them all over, earning a perfect score (180 pts) for his pork shoulder, which helped him edge out the competition for Grand Champion.

Brown Chicken Brown Cow came in second for overall points, earning Reserve Champion. BCBC also came in first with their chicken (170 pts) and brisket (174 pts).

UPNSMOKIN BBQ House won first in pork ribs with 177 points.

The final category was a Black Box competition where four secret ingredients were given to the chefs. Only nine of the 22 teams submitted a dish, and the winner was the Smokin’ Grill Next Door.

Kevin Horgan from Yarrow-based Serial Grillers, who were featured in last week’s Progress, said the ingredients given to the teams were duck breast, pork loin, tarragon and sushi rice.

“We made a sausage with ours,” he said. “Good fun.”

The Serial Grillers came in 11th overall. They impressed the judges the most with their pulled pork, placing fourth with 169 points. They also impressed with their slow-smoked brisket, coming in sixth with 164 points. They were lower in rankings with their pork ribs (12th place) and chicken (21st place).

The teams came from B.C., Alberta, Washington and Montana to compete in this event, the first Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition of the season.

Admission was by donation, with more than $4,000 collected to support The Full Cupboard, a community program aimed at raising food, funds and awareness for the issue of hunger in local communities. This event benefited the Chilliwack Salvation Army food bank.