BBQ cookoff successful

Published 11:59 pm Monday, July 19, 2010

People turned out from miles around to see just who had the best barbecue in Opp Saturday at the second annual Todd Hawthorne Memorial Barbecue cookoff.

And the overall winner was Wagon Wheel.

Organizer Scotty Short said the event was a hit.

“I think it went well. We sold about 600 barbecue plates,” he said.

And that’s a lot more than the Downtown Revitalization Authority sold last year, he said.

“Last year we ran out of barbecue in about 30 minutes, but we cooked about 35 more (Boston) butts this year,” Short said. “And it appeared we ran out at the right time. We had very few stragglers come up.”

Short said that Friday night went “very well,” and that a lot of families turned out.

Short said there were only 10 teams who participated in the event. The goal was 20 teams, but overall the event turned out to be a success.

Short said the DRA sold about $3,200 in plates and he estimated they will clear anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

“We will put it into the DRA fund and will probably give a donation to the Todd Hawthorne scholarship fund.

Winning first place in the chicken category was Paw Paw’s Q, Wagon Wheel took home top honors in the ribs category and the People’s Choice was Smith Brothers’ barbecue.