Family team heads home to Oklahoma as 2016 Smoke in the Spring champions

Clark Crew BBQ, Yukon, Okla., is the 2016 Smoke in the Spring grand champion.

A Yukon, Okla., based barbecue team family left Osage City Saturday as the grand champions of the 2016 Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship. Clark Crew BBQ added its championship win at Osage City to a growing list of wins over the past couple of years, which has led to the team being designated as the 2015 Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year.

The family team, which includes Travis and Kimberly Clark and their children, Jennifer, Madison, Brooklyn, and Cooper (Coopdog), took home the Smoke in the Spring championship by tallying more than 700 accumulative points in the pork, brisket, chicken and ribs categories of the contest. Accumulating 720 points would be a perfect score according to the KCBS scoring system.

At the awards ceremony, Smoke in the Spring organizer Corey Linton announced that he was awarding the first “700” pin in the competition – which this year celebrated its 13th anniversary – to Clark Crew BBQ.

Clark Crew BBQ’s championship came from placing in the money with a second place win in pork, fourth in pork ribs, and 11th in chicken, along with a 15th in brisket, totaling 700.5144 points. The Crew took home $3,425 in prize money plus a grand champion banner and trophy.

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Lucky Q’s, Justin McGlaun, of Waterloo, Iowa, receives the reserve champion prize from organizer Corey Linton.

Clark Crew BBQ, although from Oklahoma, boasts of southwest Kansas roots in its KC Barbeque style, and in just two years of competing, has won more than 20 grand championships, 12 reserve grand championships, and has consistently placed in the top 10.

The Clark Crew’s nearest competitor and reserve grand champion in this year’s Smoke in the Spring was Lucky Q’s, continuing the tradition of Iowa cookers taking top prizes in Osage City’s contest. Lucky Q’s, Justin McGlaun, of Waterloo, Iowa, scored 693.634 with a fourth in brisket, seventh in pork, 15th in ribs, and 18th in chicken. Lucky Q’s winnings totaled $1,700, plus reserve grand champion banner and award.

Also taking home prize money and banners in the first six places were Shake n’ Bake BBQ, Tim Scheer, New Haven, Mo., third place and $750; 913 BBQ, David McAllister, Olathe, Kan., fourth place, $500; Sublime BBQ, Dub Seigel, Olathe, fifth place, $250; Barrel Boys BBQ, Buddy King, Wichita, sixth place, $180.

The grand champion of Smoke in the Spring the last two years, Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, Darren Warth, Des Moines, Iowa, had a good showing this year, but didn’t make it into the top money with an 11th place win overall, 11th in pork, 11th in ribs, 30th in brisket and 41st in chicken.

This year’s Smoke in the Spring set another record of most teams participating in the contest with 110 teams. See the official results here as provided by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

For more 2016 Smoke in the Spring awards photos, click here to see the photo gallery.

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Clark Crew BBQ, Yukon, Okla., Travis and Kimberly Clark children, Jennifer, Madison, Brooklyn, and Cooper (Coopdog), are the 2016 grand champs of Smoke in the Spring.

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