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2007 Madison Ribberfest

Taylorsville, Ky., team wins
KCBS cooking competition

Moonswiners squeak out victory
in record 63-team competition

Staff Report

(August 19, 2007) – Chad Hayden figured two times might be a charm after having earned Reserve Grand Champion, or second place overall, at last year’s Madison Chautauqua pro division cooking competition. He was right. The Taylorsville, Ky., resident returned to this year’s event and captured the top trophy – earning Grand Champion on Aug. 18 for his team, Moonswiners.

Shawn Auxier, Josh and Chad Hayden

Photo by Don Ward

KCBS Chairman Shawn Auxier (far right)
presents the Grand Champion trophy
to Moonswiners team members
(from left) Josh and Chad Hayden.

He did it by capturing first place in pork ribs and second in chicken to edge out second-place team, Dr. Porkenstein. Last year’s winner, Quau, earned third place this year.
Sanctioned and operated by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the competition this year featured a record 63 teams and by winning earned Hayden an automatic trip to the society’s national competition this fall in Kansas City, the American Royale. He also garnered bragging rights to the Madison Ribberfest crowd.
“We love Madison; it was our first ever competition so we have come back ever since,” said Hayden, 37. “This was our fourth trip here.”
Hayden and his partner, Jason Hayden, earned their second Grand Champion trophy of the year after winning an earlier contest. It will be their first trip to Kansas City to compete in the American Royale.
“We are excited; this is a lot of fun and it’s great to actually win one,” he said.
KCBS teams set up Thursday and Friday and cooked throughout the evening Friday and into Saturday morning. Turn-ins began at 11 a.m. and judges spent the day tasting and examining the entries in side the Brown Gym. The results were announced at the awards ceremony late that afternoon.
The Haydens never heard of barbecue competitions until 1997 when they were visiting Memphis, Tenn. They decided it looked like a fun activity, so they entered their first competition – the Madison Ribberfest – in 2004. Now they are hooked. They plan to enter the competition in Owensboro, Ky., in September. Then it’s off to Kansas City in October.
“We threw away a lot of food when we first started out, but we practiced a lot and we finally figured this thing out,” Hayden said.
2007 Madison Ribberfest

Results of the Kansas City
Barbecue Society pro division cookoff

Aug. 18 at Madison, Ind.
Overall Winners

1. Moonswiners 671.4282
2. Dr. Porkenstein 659.9994
3. Quau 658-2854
4. Pork of the North 657.7138
5. Buttrub.com 654.2852
6. Ulcer Acres 651.9996
7. Double D’s BBQ 646.8570
8. All Day Smoke 646.2850
9. Hog’s Head BBQ 640.5714
10. Tarheel Smokers 633.7140

Chicken
1. All Day Smoke 173.1428
2. Moonswiners 173.1428
3. Quau 172.0000
4. Making Meat BBQ 166.8572
5. Double D’s BBQ 166.8572
6. Fumo Comedo 165.1432
7. ZZ-Cue 165.1428
8. Hog’s Head BBQ 164.0000
9. Pork of the North 163.9998
10. Show Me Your Bones 163.4288

Pork Ribs
1. Moonswiners 173.1428
2. All Day Smoke 171.4286
3. Double D’s BBQ 169.7142
4. Rib Runners 166.2858
5. Quau 165.1430
6. Ulcer Acres 165.1428
7. Pork of the North 163.9998
8. Buttrub.com 163.9998
9. Hog’s Head BBQ 163.4286
10. Bird’s Smokehouse 163.4284

Pork
1. Pork of the North 173.7142
2. Buttrub.com 169.1428
3. Hog’s Head BBQ 168.5714
4. Hoosier Crawdaddy 168.0000
5. Rolling Smoke BBQ 168.0000
6. “R” Gang 167.4286
7. Ulcer Acres 167.4286
8. KC’s Pork Pitt 167.4284
9. Tarheel Smokers 165.7142
10. Getta Que 165.1428

Brisket
1. Smokin’ Irish 174.2856
2. Dr. Porkenstein 174.2856
3. Smokin T’s 172.0000
4. Snake Pit BBQ 166.8572
5. Indiana BBQ.com 165.1430
6. Buttrub.com 164.5714
7. Eagle River BBQ 164.5714
8. Ulcer Acres 164.5714
9. Pepperitaville 163.4286
10. “R” Gang 162.8572

Sauce
1. Rinky Dink Smokers 166.2856
2. Rib Runners 162.8574
3. Smoky River BBQ 162.8570
4. Double D’s BBQ 162.2860
5. Bird’s Smokehouse 162.2860
6. Jimmy’s Hog Pen 162.2856
7. Smoked Signals-Re/Max 162.2854
8. Stink-Eye BBQ 162.7140
9. Bibe’s Old-Fashioned BBQ 162.1430
10. Divine Swine 1621.1428

Anything But
1. Quau 176.5714
2. Pit Sniffers 170.8572
3. Zack’s 170.2856
4. Wildcat BBQ 168.5716
5. Light My Fire BBQ 168.0000
6. Show Me Your Bones 168.1430
7. Dr. Porkenstein 165.1426
8. Aunt Moo Moo’s BBQ 164.5712
9. Pepperitaville 164.0002
10. Hoosier Crawdaddy 163.4286

Dessert
1. Pepperitaville 177.1428
2. Shigs in Pit 176.0000
3. Fumo Comedo 174.8572
4. J.D.’s Smokers 174.2856
5. Tarheel Smokers 173.7144
6. Rinky Dink Smokers 173.7142
7. Quau 172.0000
8. Smokin’ Irish 172.0000
9. Ulcer Acres 169.7142
10. Rib Runners 167.4286

2007 Madison Courier Backyard Blast

Amateur Division Winners:
Chicken: DNA Hog Farms
Rib: Bad Boys BBQ
Pork: Shue-B-Que
Beef: ButtRubbers BBQ
Game/Other: Shue-B-Que #2
Best Sauce: MoDog BBQ
Best Rub: Big Butt BBQ
Best Team: Hog Rock BBQ

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