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First, my apologies for this taking so long. I generally crawl into a hole the week after the Bash which took us to mid October and then I have a 5 year old, 3 year old and a 6 month old. October is a busy month for parents with kids that age. When I was a kid, all we did in October was trick or treat. My kids have Boo at the Zoo, Grant’s Farm, trunk or treat, apple picking, pumpkin picking along with Halloween. That took me into November and a tumultuous job change. Yes, I have a day job. This is just my hobby. That’s why this is so delayed. It not an excuse. It’s the truth and well, like I said, this is a hobby, not my job.

First, let’s get to the results of the BBQ Bash. We raised a boatload of money. How much money? More than the other three bashed combined. We raised just over $10,000 for the Maryville Firefighters. That’s right, 10 big ones. Really big ones! I’m also happy to say we will be doing it again next year at the same place for the same cause but we will be moving it back one week. I truly hope I can say next year that the 5th Annual Backyard BBQ Bash will raise more money than the previous four combined. That is the bar I am setting for myself. I hope all of you reading this help us to get there.

So let’s start with some of the sights at the bash. Maybe the coolest grill at the bash was a home made grill modeled after a traditional mass market, offset smoker. Except the maker of this grill, used quarter inch stainless steel. This grill weighs more than 700 pounds and has earned the steel balls hanging in the middle:

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That grill was made by the Doc’s Rib Shack team. The guys at Doc’s don’t do anything half assed. Check out their cutting board:

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These guys weren’t the only ones using steel to make a grill, or in this case, augment a grill:

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And just to prove we aren’t charcoal snobs. We allow gas grills too:

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We have no problem with people bringing gas. If you can make great Q with gas, so be it. And of course, it has other uses like lighting the grill:

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I always like to walk around and take pictures of the imaginative banners the teams come up with:

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These guys took their banner more seriously than some of the other teams:

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Same with this team, the Holy Smokers representing their church:

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This team member was really living up to the name:

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And then we had this guy. He dropped a full two dollars on his sign, AND put his name on that well designed signage:

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Some teams didn’t have a fancy banner but they did have decorations:

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That was Cosmic Q above who had these little guysadorning their awning:

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And some guys didn’t have a banner or decorations and barely had an awning at all. I gave these guys grief all day about their tiny awning. I asked if the store was sold out of a couple of those purse umbrellas or what, yet they have two Big Green Eggs! These guys have their priorities in line:

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Those guys had the weeniest awning of the event, but they had my favorite name of the contest: Risky Brisket:

4th Annual Bash Collage 2 As you can see in the picture at the end of the collage that they were sponsored by Rockwood Charcoal, who also sponsored the contest. Big thanks to Jonathan and Rockwood Charcoal from Risky Brisket and the Grillin’ Fools as well as the Maryville Fire Department:

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Runner up for team name was Tongue Punch BBQ:

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But this wasn’t just a BBQ contest. This was an event! This was a place to come and hang out all day and into the night. We had a live band:

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Those guys are playing on the Brewster Excavating stage, provided by another of our sponsors. If you need any concrete or asphalt removed, a pond developed, tree clearing/brush removal, a septic tank put in or any number of other jobs they can do, check out their website here and give them a call.

We also had stuff for the kids to do:

4th Annual Bash Collage 7 As well as the adults thank to Donnewald Distributing and Ferguson Brewery:

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You could even sign up to win a Harley thanks to the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. I’m hoping to get a call from them to let me know that I won myself a hog!

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Speaking of badass rides. We were supposed to have a whole slew of T-Buckets, but the threat of rain was pretty much all day. In the end we had one rumble in. What a amazing vehicle!

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And of course there were the people who came out to have fun:

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This guy was having a LOT of fun!

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But of course there was the BBQ and not just the stuff the competitors were making. The Maryville Fire Department were making up some serious Q:

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The public was lining up for the BBQ from the FD:

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This guy loved it:

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Actually, that is Michael Radosovich, part owner and founder of Code 3 Spices and title sponsor of the 4th Annual Backyard BBQ Bash as well as purveyor of some FINE rubs and seasonings that give a portion back to first responder and veterans charities:

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Outside of raising money for such a worthy cause, the main focus of the event was the BBQ:

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Nice apron, Dan (from Infamous BBQ and Reserve Grand Champion at the 3rd Annual Bash). Are those kitties?

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But before we get to the hardware and the winners, my kids always have to do a little singing, although one was too embarrassed and never sang anything and the other did more of a rap about reptiles. Watch out Lil Wayne and Eminem, Finnegan’s Reptile Rap will be going viral soon:

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And final it’s time for the hardware. Forgive these pictures. We were losing light fast and some of the pictures aren’t all that crisp. Sorry about that.

4th place for Chicken: Hogs N Such:

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3rd place Chicken, Doc’s Rib Shack:

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2nd place Chicken, Superior BBQ (that was the best pic we got):

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1st place in Chicken, Smokin’ K’s:

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4th place Beef, I’d Smoke That:

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3rd place Beef, Superior BBQ:

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2nd place Beef, Schaefer Autobody (Again, it was the best I could do):

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1st place Beef, Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Rub:

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4th place Ribs, same as above, Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Rub:

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3rd place Beef, Hogs N Such:

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2nd place Ribs, Doc’s Rib Shack:

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1st place Ribs, Tongue Punch BBQ:

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For the Overall/Grand Champion/Best in Smoke 3rd place, Doc’s Rib Shack:

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Reserve Grand Champion, Superior BBQ:

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Grand Champion, Best in Smoke, of the 4th Annual Grillin’ Fools BBQ Bash, Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Rub:

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Congrats to Joe and Deb Palazolla for taking home the big trophy, bragging rights and the cash! They have been with us since the beginning and I’m so glad they took the GC! Congrats guys!

Also, after the event we had some raffles. Char-Broil came up big with not one, but TWO grills that we raffled off before we raffled off the Grill-Dome limited edition Green Grill that went to an old college buddy of mine, Ted:

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Couldn’t go to a better guy. He’s wearing a shirt that reads, “Meat is Murder. Tasty, tasty murder.” Thanks to Grill-Dome for hooking us up with the grill!

Scott Thomas

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Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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