The Bayou BBQ Bash held Saturday under the E.J. Lionel Grizzaffi Bridge near Greenwood Street was a great success, and event organizers and sponsors say they are already looking forward to a second one in 2013.
Event creator Don Tellman said the event attracted cooking teams from all over Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, as well as large crowds of attendees last weekend, and he was “very proud” of the first event.
The event was sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association.
“People are already looking forward to doing it again next year,” Tellman said. “We had at least a couple thousand people attending the event Saturday. Representatives from the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival said it was like a ‘mini festival.’”
St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce President Donna Meyer, whose organization was a major sponsor of the event, said the BBQ cook-off was such a hit, vendors ran out of food.
“When we do it next year, we plan to add more food vendors,” she said.
Tellman said proceeds from the cook-off benefited many local charities and civic organizations, including the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce Building Fund, the Children’s Miracle Network, Atkinson Memorial Presbyterian Church and the new Louisiana Children’s Home in Patterson.
He also said he was grateful to in-kind sponsors of the event such as G&J Land and Marine, which provided catfish fillets to feed the families of the teams; Cannata’s Family Market, which donated all the food the kids cooked for their competition; and Young Memorial, which built “little barbecue pits” for the event, as well as the Quilters Guild, which made aprons for all the cooks.
Tellman also thanked Acadian Ambulance for providing an ambulance and first aid team all day Saturday.
“We had no accidents or incidents, but it was good to know they were there if needed,” he said.
Looking forward to 2013, Tellman said he already had a meeting with some of the competition cooks who want to do it again next year.
“They also liked being under the bridge because cooks said it was very cool and comfortable in the shade,” he said. “People told me it was about 10 degrees cooler than in the sun.”
Tellman said changes could include increases in the amount of food available to attendees by bringing in more vendors.
He also said he was looking into the possibility of limiting the number of cooks (teams) to 50, making this a more prestigious event. Entry fees would also be increased in order to improve cash prizes to the winners.
Brisket: first, Sean Hebert, Prairieville; second, Spike Graham, Prairieville; third, Melvin Dimm, Prairieville; fourth, Danny Titus, Youngsville; fifth, Tom McCollough, Sulphur; sixth, Tee Wayne Abshire, St. Amant; seventh, Dennis May, Silsbee, Texas; eighth, Brian Lipps, St. Amant; ninth, Clint Guillory, Carencro; 10, Craig Smith.
Ribs: first, Clint Guillory, Prairieville; second, Barry Smith, Hammond; third, Bill Goessl, B&G Smokehouse, Morgan City; fourth, Tom McCollough, Sulphur; fifth, Sean Hebert, Prairieville; sixth, JD Parker, Mississippi; seventh, Spike Graham, Prairieville; eighth, Gene Darnel, B&G Smokehouse, Morgan City; ninth, Jim Holland, Castor; 10, Edwin Mantoas, Port Vincent.
Chicken: first, Mark Chelette, Beazell’s Seasoning, Morgan City; second, Tee Wayne Abshire, St. Amant; third, JD Parker, Mississippi; fourth, Brian Lipps, St. Amant; fifth, Dennis May, Silsbee, Texas; sixth, Gene Darnel, B&G Smokehouse, Morgan City; seventh, Geoff Ibert, Up In Smoke, Morgan City; eighth, Sean Hebert, Prairieville; ninth, Tom McCollough, Sulphur; 10, Craig Smith.
Kid’s Que: first, Matthew Abshire, St. Amant; second, Seth Baham, Morgan City; third, Kole Richard
Bloody Marys: Geoff Ibert, Up in Smoke, Morgan City
Grand champion: Sean Hebert
Reserve champion: Tom McCollough
Corporate champion: Sean Hebert