Silicon Valley BBQ Draws Huge Crowds
By Robert Haugh
Featuring the tantalizing smell of BBQ’d pork, beef and ribs billowing through Central Park, classic cars, a variety of entertainment, loads of dining options and many activities for the family, the second annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships & All-City Picnic was the can’t-miss event of the summer June 28-29 at Central Park.
In addition to watching and sampling items from over 55 professional BBQ teams all competing for $12,000 in prize money and bragging rights, attendees were welcomed with an array of activities for the family, including: a Kid’s FunZone, with a NASCAR train, jumbo slide, and mechanical bull; rides and carnival-type games, and an array of beer, wine and delicious food prepared by various local restaurants, with proceeds benefiting several local non-profits.
Hours of live entertainment inside the Pavilion included The Cocktail Monkeys, rising country star Eric Paslay, and Long Train Runnin’, a Doobie Brothers tribute band.
“I love the smell of a great new tradition in the morning,” said Mayor Jamie Matthews at the opening ceremony. “This great smell of BBQ will become one Santa Clara’s greatest annual events, all while benefiting great organizations.”
Southern California’s Left Coast Q (Banning) scored the Grand Championship, with a commanding victory. It was their third consecutive Grand Championship win, and fifth of the year – they are now ranked No. 9 in the nation by KCBS. Left Coast Q claimed first place in the chicken category, with a perfect score of 180. Antioch’s TheSmokeRing.com claimed Reserve Champion, while Tracy’s Son of Smoke earned third place overall. TheSmokeRing.com claimed first place in the pork category, with a six-point margin. Local team, 155 South BBQ of San Jose claimed fourth and was the highest placing Silicon Valley team. Santa Clara’s own Meat Fire BBQ claimed third in the chicken category while San Jose’s Too Ashamed To Name BBQ claimed first place in ribs.
The brisket category was dominated by teams traveling long distances, with longest tows Piggy D’s BBQ (Winthrop, WA) claiming first place by five points over DPQ BBQ (Edenton, North Carolina) and Who’s Smokin’ Now (Banning).
Showing the quality of teams competing, second through 25th overall were separated by under a five percent margin in points.
2013 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
Grand Champion: Left Coast Q
Reserve Champion: TheSMokeRing.com
- Left Coast Q (Banning)
- TheSmokeRing.com (Antioch)
- Son of Smoke (Tracy)
- 155 South BBQ (San Jose)
- Big B's Down-N-Dirty BBQ (Pacifica)
- Left Coast Q
- Hog Island Pitmasters (Discovery Bay)
- Meat Fire Brew BBQ (Santa Clara)
- Too Ashamed To Name BBQ (San Jose)
- Woodhouse Barbecue (St. Helena)
- Pig Pimp'n BBQ (San Martin)
- Son of Smoke
- 155 South BBQ
- Piggy D’s BBQ (Winthrop, WA)
- DPQ BBQ (Edenton, NC)
- Who’s Smokin’ Now (Banning)
2013 Backyard BBQ Sponsored by Eggs By The Bay
Grand Champ: Grillionaires
Reserve Champ: JT and the Smoke'n Chesnuts
Mayor's Cup: SCPD Blue Boys BBQ
Full results are available at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s website at http://www.kcbs.us/
KCBS, the sanctioning organization of the event is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with over 15,000 members worldwide. Early indications estimate that approximately 10,000 people attended the event over the weekend.
Six “Car-B-Que” entries were selected as “Rotary picks” and presented plaques: Don Ciucci, 1968 Dodge Charger R/T; Chuck Cry, 1964 Chevrolet Corvette; Brian Fuller, 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger; Aaron Houchen, 1956 Ford F100 Pickup; Tim Tralongo, 1957 Ford Ranchero; and Willu Vierra, 1929 Ford Pickup.
Proceeds benefit the children of the community through the various programs of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara (http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=4212) and the Wounded Warriors Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).