The sun had yet to peak over the horizon as busy hands prepped pounds of pork shoulders, ribs and chicken for the 14th annual Blues, Brews and BBQ contest past Saturday in Hinesville.
By afternoon when aroma from the cooking fires filled the area, people propped up their chairs and enjoyed the sounds of Statesboro musician Chyann Rose. Later in the day saxophonist Bernard Rose and the band Wild Shiners took the stage to entertain the audience.
Several vendors afforded the crowd a variety of tasty treats and beverages and, of course, there was the barbecue.
A total of six teams competed to be named best BBQ in Liberty County. The cooking teams were judged in three categories by a panel of judges: pork butt, chicken thighs and ribs. The teams competed for first and second place in each category and were judged on taste, tenderness and appearance. All points were tallied to also name the winner of the Overall Best BBQ award. The public was also able to taste test and vote for the People’s Choice Award.
The winners are as follows:
BBQ pork butt, first place, Sho’ Nuff Smokin’ Good BBQ; second place, Do-Right Seafood
BBQ chicken, first place, Do-Right; second place, Sho’ Nuff
BBQ ribs, first place, Famous Funnel Cakes; second place, Do-Right
Do-Right won Overall Best BBQ, receiving $200 and the bragging rights as best BBQ in Liberty County. Sho’ Nuff won the People’s Choice award.
“I thought the event turned out very well we’re obviously very grateful to sponsors and volunteers for all they do,” Liberty County Chamber of Commerce CEO Leah Poole said.
She is also chairman of the Hinesville Area Arts Council, which sponsors the festival.