Silicon Valley BBQ Continues Growing
By Robert Haugh
The tantalizing aroma of smoked brisket, pulled pork and the related BBQ fixings enveloped the Mission City on June 26-27 during the Fourth Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Clara.
Continuing as the can’t-miss summer event in Santa Clara, the event boasted fun and activities for everyone. The Kid’s Zone provided kids an opportunity to drive cars, fly airplanes, rush down a giant slide, ride a train around the Central Park Ponds and bounce around in giant bounce houses.
In addition to an array of food concoctions to dine on, and a myriad of spirited beverages being poured, live entertainment delighted attendees throughout the event, with a lineup featuring amazingly talented musicians: The Houserockers (sponsored by the City of Santa Clara Cultural Commission), The Garage Band, The Cocktail Monkeys, Toree McGee with Rodeo House, Long Train Runnin’ and The Peelers.
Adding another element to the event, over 50 arts & crafts vendors took part in this year’s event, with everything from framed paintings, clothing, food products, BBQ accessories, home improvement products and more.
This year’s event also featured another first for the event, a BBQ Bistro where sponsors and VIP guests were treated to BBQ, libations and other amenities, including shaded tables. The Beer and Wine Garden was amplified a notch for this year’s event, with a 60-foot bar added, all under a large shaded canopy.
The second-largest Kansas City BBQ Society (http://www.kcbs.us/) event on the West Coast attracted 49 professional teams; all vying for over $15,000 in cash prizes, trophies, bragging rights and pride. In addition, the event is a points-earning competition for the regional and national championship tour. With unorthodox and creative team names rivaling the greatest of professional wrestling names, BBQ teams such as Bowling Over Pigs, 2 Rolling Bones, Bad S BBQ, Chicken Butt BBQ, Flame Thrower BBQ, Hog Eat Hog BBQ, Lord of the Ribs, Pig Pimp'n BBQ, Pirates of the Pig, Pork Daddy's BBQ, Rhythm 'n QUE and Smoke Slayers the competition is fierce and intense.
“Congratulations to the Santa Clara Rotary for organizing the Fourth Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships! Amazingly good food, entertainment and happy people! It just keeps getting better every year,” said Mayor Jamie Matthews, who along with Council members Teresa O’Neill, Jerry Marsalli and Pat Kolstad were afforded the opportunity to serve as BBQ judges.
KCBS is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 19,000 members worldwide.” KCBS sanctions over 450-barbeque contests worldwide.
Bowling Over Pigs claimed the coveted Grand champion honor while My Smokin’ Grillfriend claimed the Reserve Champion laurels. Big B’s Down-N-Dirty BBQ was a close third, just four points from the top. The chicken category was won by 155 South Bar-B-Q; Ribs by Get Some’s BBQ Assassins; Pork by 155 South Bar-B-Q; and brisket was claimed by Juicy O’s BBQ. KJ’s Big Boy BBQ claimed the Backyard BBQ title with Grill’ Gil’s BBQ earning the Backyard chicken title and Burnin’ Down the House earning the Tri-Tip title.
The event - hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Clara is co-sponsored by Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Santa Clara, with primary sponsorship from Kaiser Permanente - saw an estimated 35,000 people attend over the two-day event. Additional major sponsors included: 49ers Foundation, University Electric, Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Power, Related California and Cresco Equipment Rentals.
Sponsors included: Bullet Transport, Eggs by the Bay, Frontier Inifiniti, Bay Area Builders, Delucchi Hawn Public Accountants, Focus Business Bank, Montessori School of Silicon Valley, Valley Relocation and Storage, Sysco, Burdick Painting, Pacific Gardens, Momentum Chevrolet, Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, Mission Engineers, Bay Club Santa Clara, Citti’s Florist, Hay Markey Willow Glen, Silicon Valley Eyecare, Cinnabar Winery, Holder’s Country Inn, Lexus of Stevens Creek, Padovani Public Relations, Realcom Associates, M&S Collision and Evolveware.
BBQ Competition Results
Grand Champion: Bowling Over Pigs
Reserve Champion: My Smokin Grillfriend
- Bowling Over Pigs - 677.7488
- My Smikin Grillfriend - 676.5828
- Big B's Down-N-Dirty BBQ - 673.0856
- 155 South Bar-B-Q - 173.1428
- Starvin Marvins Bay Area BBQ - 172.5600
- G & Pop's BBQ - 172.0000
- Get Some's BBQ Assassins - 177.7372
- Royal Smokin' Hot - 176.5600
- Bowling Over Pigs - 175.4744
- 155 South Bar-B-Q - 174.8572
- Smokin Yankees - 171.9656
- Flame Thrower BBQ Co. - 170.8572
- Juicy O's BBQ - 171.9656
- Smokin Yankees - 170.3428
- Mar-B-Que's BBQ. - 170.2972
- KJ's Big Boy BBQ - 311.9884
- Hello BBQ - 310.8344
- Rob's Nearly Famous Backyard BBQ - 307.4744
- Grillin’ Gils BBQ - 160.0456
- Double Trouble Back Yard BBQ – 160.0000
- KJ's Big Boy BBQ - 156.5712
- Burnin' Down The House - 161.7256
- Hello BBQ - 156.5716
- Rob's Nearly Famous Backyard BBQ - 155.5088