by Don Ward
Madison Ribberfest Grand
Champions Randy & Zach Twyford
MADISON, Ind. (Aug. 16, 2008) It may sound
hard to believe, but the person who added the winning touch to clinch
this year's Grand Champion barbecue trophy at the Madison Ribberfest
did not even attend the event. Marla Twyford was several hundred miles
away at home in Jacksonville, Ill., and could not make the trip because
she had to work.
But she prepared and packed her special sauce that husband, Randy, used
to serve up his delicious meats and convince the judges that the couple
deserved the 2008 pro cooking title.
"She pre-made the sauce, came up with the objectives and the marinades,"
said Randy Twyford, 48, after hauling the wooden trophy back to his
cooking trailer Aug. 16.
Kansas City Barbeque Society, with more than 6,000 members worldwide,
is the worlds largest organization of barbecue and grilling
KCBS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting
barbeque and having fun while doing so.
KCBS sanctions more than 200 barbecue contests across the United
States each year and offers assistance to civic and charitable
organizations with producing these events.
Sponsors and cookers know a competition will be officiated fairly
when sanctioned by KCBS Rules and Regulations. KCBS serves as
a clearinghouse of barbecue information which provides:
Networking with related trade associations and other
Tracking trends in barbecue related products, and equipment;
Teaming up with other food organizations and the media
to promote barbecue.
With the KCBS library, and extensive archive of barbecue related
articles, KCBS offers educational programs, consultation services
and civic organization presentations to help spread the gospel
The mission of the KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve and
promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form.
The organizations goal is to have barbecue recognized
as Americas Cuisine.
For more information, visit: www.kcbs.us.
Twyford had plenty of help in cooking and preparing his
judged entries over the two-day event in Madison, Ind. Twyford, along
with Zach and Kelly Schneider, make up the team dubbed Ulcer Acres.
They have been at this for four years and have enjoyed considerable
They recently won the Grand Champion trophy in June at Mt. Vernon, Ill.
Three years ago, they were Grand Champions at the competition in Bardwell.
They placed second several times.
This was the team's third appearance at the Madison Ribberfest, which
is in its seventh year of existence. The team barely edged out second-place
finished Double D's BBQ of Hudson, Ohio. The difference was 653.7146
points to Double D's 653.7140 points. In addition to a nice trophy,
Ulcer Acres took home a check for nearly $3,000. They also qualified
for the KCBS' national competition, the 29th annual American Royal,
to be held in October in Kansas City, Mo.
This will be the team's fourth appearance at the American Royal. They
have also competed at the Jack Daniels National Invitational competition
in Lynchburg, Tenn.
Kansas City Barbeque Society
Pro Cooking Division Results
Aug. 16, 2008 in Madison, IN
Top 10 Overall Results
Name, Hometown, Points
1. Ulcer Acres, Mt. Vernon, IL, 653.7146
2. Double D's BBQ, Hudson, OH, 653.7140
3. * Moonswiners, Taylorsville, KY 653.7138
4. Shigs-in-Pit, Fort Wayne, IN, 649.7148
5. Pirates of the Grill, Mooresville, IN, 646.8574
6. Buttrub.com, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 643.4286
7. A Boy and His BBQ, NA, 643.4282
8. Pig-Pak, Madison, IN, 638,8568
9. Eagle River Barbecue, Dayton, OH, 638.2856
10. Monty Pigthon & the Holy Grill, Fisherville, KY, 638.2856
* Former Grand Champion
Courier Backyard BBQ Blast
2008 Amateur Cooking Results
Pig 'N' Boots BBQ, Helen Bertsch, Waterford, Mich.
Chicken: 1. Big Butt BBQ, hometown N/A; 2. Shu-B-Que #1,
Madison; 3. Smoke Eater BBQ, Beech Grove, Ind.
Ribs: 1. Smoke Eater BBQ, Beech Grove, Ind.; 2. Big Brazos
BBQ, hometown N/A; 3. Big Sam's Pig Paint BBQ, Louisville,
Pork: 1. Visco Smoke Eaters, hometown N/A; 2. Hog Rock
BBQ, Fletcher, Ohio; 3. Smoky Treats BBQ, hometown N/A.
Beef: 1. Visco Smoke Eaters, hometown N/A/; 2. Big Sam's
Pig Paint BBQ, Louisville, Ky.; 3. Smoky Treats BBQ, hometown
Game: 1. Shu-B-Que #1, Madison; 2. Backyard Grub Grillers,
Indianapolis; 3. Nick's Pit BBQ, Cincinnati.
Sauce: Little Sister's BBQ, Cincinnati
Rub: Smoke Eaters BBQ, Beech Grove, Ind.
1. Gillian Watkins, Madison; 2. (tie) Liam Thomas, Madison,
and Jed Carter, hometown N/A.
1. James Quick Jr., hometown N/A; 2. Abby Walburn, Madison;
3. Megan Grace, Spiceland, Ind.
1. Artful Living Co.'s "Wilbur" the grill pig; 2.
Hickory Creek Nursing Home's camouflaged pig; 3. U.S. Post Office's
hot air balloon pig.
People's Choice Award by vote of money: Madison Auto Collision's
"Bruce Swine, the Dark Knight" batpig.
MADISON RIBBERFEST KCBS WINNERS
2007: Moonswiners, Chad and Christine Hayden, Taylorsville,
2006: Bar-B-Quau, Mike and Beth Wozniak, Brimfield,
2005: J-Mack Cookers, Aaron and Christy Storey,
2004: Music City Pig Pals, Lee and Bobbie McWright,
2003: Hoosier Hogs, Fred Edwards and Ron Marquardt,
2002: Smokin in the Dark, Larry Randolph &
Brad Rapp, Springfield, Mo.
"We are excited to win here because there are some
really good teams that compete in Madison," said Twyford.
While the record 56 pro cooking teams competed along the Madison riverfront
for money and trophies, the beautiful weekend weather drew perhaps the
largest ever crowd to the Blues Bash. Final figures were unavailable
at press time on this year's festival attendance. Two hot air balloon
races and a balloon glow are also part of the weekend festivities.
On Friday night of the festival, amateur cooking teams took part in
the Madison Courier Backyard BBQ Blast. The overall points winner was
Pig 'N Boots BBQ of Waterford, Mich.
The Pigmania concrete pig decorating contest went to Artful Living Co.'s
"Wilbur the Grill Pig." The "People's Choice Award,"
selected via money votes, went to Madison Auto Collision's "Bruce
Swine, the Dark Knight" batpig.
A children's cooking contest on Saturday produced a winner in two age
categories: Gillian Watkins in the age 8-11 contest, and James Quick
Jr. in the age 12-15 contest.
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