Iowa BBQ cooks head home as Smoke in the Spring state championship winners

Osage City’s Smoke in the Spring 2014 grand champion winners were Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, Darren and Sherry Warth, Des Moines, Iowa, who took home $3,900 in prize winnings for brisket, ribs and pork butt.

Spring winds cleared away the weekend smoke at Osage City and blew the winners of the 2014 Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship back to Iowa.

It was a good thing Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ team didn’t have to rely on its chicken to win the championship, but their brisket, ribs and pork butt sent them home with $3,900 in prize money from Osage City’s annual barbecue contest.

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Smoke in the Spring’s 2014 reserve champion prize went to Chick Hooven Swine BBQ, Eric Westervelt, Spring Hill, Kan.

This year’s grand champion barbecue team is Darren and Sherry Warth, Des Moines, Iowa. The team took first place in brisket and pork butt, third place in ribs, and 37th in chicken.

With less than two points difference in final scores, Smoke in the Spring reserve champion winner, Chick Hooven Swine BBQ, headed by Eric Westervelt, Spring Hill, Kan., was a strong contender against the Iowa folks. Westervelt’s team cooked up the first place chicken entry, along with second in ribs, 12th in pork butt, and 23rd in brisket.

While third place overall didn’t win an award, that honor went to Old Style BBQ, headed by Dan Hathaway, Louisburg, Kan. Hathaway’s old style ribs won first place. Old Style BBQ also took 19th in chicken, 14th in pork butt, and 24th in brisket.

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First place winner in the ribs category was Old Style BBQ, Dan Hathaway, Lousiburg, Kan.

In the specialty categories, Old Old 50 BBQ, Jeff Thompson, of Emporia, Kan., took first place in cook’s choice. Desserts were won by FNA BBQ, Mike McCartney, Topeka, Kan.

In the Osage County cup, which is a competition among barbecue teams in the county, Get Rubbed Raw, Scott Williamson, of Osage City was the recipient of the traveling trophy.

Kids Q competition was fierce this year with 10 competitors in the 10 and under class, and eight competitors in the 11 and up. The young chefs competed Friday night, with each preparing hamburger according to their own recipes. First place in 10 and under was Collin Curley; in 11 and up, Austin Hynek took first place.

Smoke in the Spring awards photos are available here.

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Osage City’s Smoke in the Spring 2014 grand champion winners were Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, Darren and Sherry Warth, Des Moines, Iowa, who took home $3,900 in prize winnings for brisket, ribs and pork butt. Presenting the award are Corey Linton, OCPR director, right, and Dave Azwell, contest judging coordinator.

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In the specialty category of cook’s choice, Old Old 50 BBQ, Emporia, took first place.

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Smoke in the Spring’s first place dessert winner was FNA BBQ, Topeka, Kan.

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Competing in the Kids Q competition and each receiving medals were, in 10 and under, Collin Curley, first, Brianna Schrader, second, Hannah Barr, third, Lucas Nelson, Grace Hathaway, Lilly Howard, Blake Hynek, Maximus Davis, and Keaton Curley; in 11 and up, Austin Hynek, first, Lauren Groneman, second, Kaylin Gronerman, third, Michael McCartney, Justin Habersat, James Caldwell, Brayden McDowell, and Karter Carlson. Not all competitors are pictured.

Smoke in the Spring awards photos are available here.

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