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The 2009 Snowshoe Grilling Challenge




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Competition Grilling: Wildwood Barbeque Wins Snowshoe Grilling Challenge

Wildwood pitmaster Lou Elrose holds the grand championship trophy, flanked by Barry Stockman and Robbie Richter.


The weather was brisk but sunny for the 16th annual Snowshoe Grilling Challenge today in Abington MA, and it was the team traveling the furthest distance—New York City's Wildwood Barbeque—who claimed grand championship honors. On a day when few teams drew multiple calls, Wildwood pitmaster Big Lou Elrose walked three times to the stage to claim trophies, taking third place in fish, third place in pork loin and second place in burger. The fourth trip to claim the grand championship trophy was almost a foregone conclusion.


Two of the judges were so impressed by Wildwood's burger entry that they sought out the team after the contest to offer compliments. Wildwood turned in sliders featuring their custom beef blend, providing a miniature version of the much-discussed burgers available at the restaurant.


The Snowshoe saw the competition reunion of Elrose and Robbie Richter, who two summers ago were deputy pitmaster and pitmaster, respectively, at New York City's Hill Country Barbecue. It was a similar reunion for Richter and Barry Stockman, his teammate on the Big Island Barbecue team that won more barbecue trophies (including first place for chicken at the American Royal) than any other from New York state. For the second year in a row the Snowshoe's grand champion included Richter as guest team member.


IQue took the reserve grand championship trophy to go with two category trophies picked up along the way. I Smell Smoke finished third. First place category winners included QHaven (fish), Transformer BBQ (pork tenderloin; finished fourth overall), Smokey O's (fatty) and the Porkaholics (burger; fifth overall).


It was a good day for new teams, with Smokey O's taking a first place trophy, Insane Swine BBQ taking two ribbons (fish, fatty) and Garden State Porkway (burger) and Shoe City Smokers (fish). For complete contest results, see


As usual, Michelle and Gary Taft organized a great event for a worthy cause: more than $500 was raised for the Abington Food Pantry.











































































































































































































































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Richter and Elrose of the grilling champions Wildwood Barbeque.

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Chris Hart of IQue accepts the reserve grand champion trophy.

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The new-look Snowshoe contest trophies were a big hit.

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QHaven's Sheila and Ted Lorson put the final touches on their first place fish.

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Brendan Burek of Transformer BBQ accepts the first place trophy for pork loin from contest rep Andy King and organizer Gary Taft.

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Smokey O's, one of the newest teams on the circuit, took home a first place trophy for sausage fatty.


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The Porkaholics took first place for burger.


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IQue with their latest off-season acquisition: a Jambo pit.


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Suzanne and Jared Huizenga of Insane Swine BBQ with their award winning fatties.


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Smokin' Aces had an amazing double Big Green Egg setup with more counter space than my kitchen.


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All in the family: Ian and Nicole of Garden State Porkway. Nicole is the neice and longtime teammate of Richard "Dirty Dick" Westhaver.


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Three's Company: Champions Wildwood Barbeque in a game of Twister, barbecue-style.


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The Barbecue Beggars looked a lot like a well-known Cape Cod team that'll be renewing their seasonal barbecue joint in May. Stay tuned.




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