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    4th Annual Hot Q's & Cold Brews BBQ Competition, Oroville CA

    This was my third visit to Feather Falls Casino and Lodge in Oroville, CA to attend the Hot Q's & Cold Brews BBQ Competition as a barbecue judge. The last two years I sampled the entries, but this year I volunteered as a table captain. It's been a long time since I've been a table captain but I like doing it and will probably do more of it in the future.

    Forty-four teams from California, Oregon, and Nevada turned out for a chance to win some of the $25,000 in prize money. Feather Falls Casino is a gracious host and sponsor, and Ben Lobenstein is a contest organizer extraordinaire. Add to that four great KCBS contest reps--Julie Poe, Ian Schmidt, Merrialyce Alvarez, and Steve Alvarez--and you've got a contest that runs like a well-oiled machine that takes care of the teams, the judges, and the visiting public extremely well.

    Weather was great, not too hot and not too windy. From what I heard, there was some very high quality barbecue served to the judges. Congrats to Jerry & Lupe Aguilar of Burnin & Lootin BBQ for taking GC and Ridge Route Boys BBQ for taking RC.

    Here are a few photos I took on Friday night as the teams were getting things setup. Lots of WSMs at this event, as you'll notice in the photos. Enjoy!


    Here's your GC winner Jerry Aguilar of Burnin & Lootin BBQ, working his garnish on Friday night. I joked with him that this pile of lettuce was not unlike the pile of cash he might be hauling home at the awards ceremony. I guess I was right!


    This is Benny Adauto and his cooking partner, they compete as FunTime BBQ. Benny cooked as a partner with Harry Soo of Slap Yo' Daddy BBQ for quite some time.


    Benny wanted to show me the additional cooking surface he rigged in his 18.5" WSM by adding legs to a 14.5" WSM cooking grate.


    Here's a close-up of Benny's additional cooking surface.


    This is Big O & Mo BBQ. I can't remember if he's O and his wife is Mo or if it's the other way around. In any event, they're cooking all-Weber with two WSMs.


    Here's a better shot of their grills.


    I don't think I've ever seen (or noticed) anyone using 5-gal buckets to keep WSM lids off the ground. Interesting!

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    This is Kicken Ash And Maken Flames from El Dorado Hills, CA. They had a really nice setup in the KOA campground located on the casino grounds, four WSMs and a GMG pellet cooker. They were busy prepping chicken when I dropped by to say hello.


    A big 22.5" WSM in the foreground at RBQ from Gilroy, CA.


    Blaze's BBQ from Bakersfield, CA had a couple of WSMs on duty in Oroville. You'll notice the 22.5" WSM has been retrofitted with what I assume is the LavaLock Quick Coal Door Mod.


    This big red setup is a beaut and belongs to Ridge Route Boys BBQ from Bakersfield, CA. They've been getting lots of calls at recent contests and ended up taking RC here in Oroville.


    Beautiful sunset over Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, CA.


    Another view of the sunset.


    Back in my hotel room, an ad for the contest on a local television station. Five tastings for $10, where do I sign up?

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    Enjoy seeing what smokers the teams use. There's a nice lake near there, that I've heard a lot about.

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    Was it also a beer competition or was the cold brew simply to wash down the BBQ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Dollar View Post
    Enjoy seeing what smokers the teams use. There's a nice lake near there, that I've heard a lot about.
    Yes, with a newly improved $1B dam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwain Pannell View Post
    Was it also a beer competition or was the cold brew simply to wash down the BBQ?
    No. The Indian casino has an award-winning in-house brewery and they provided the beer to accompany the BBQ.

    http://featherfallscasino.com/dining/brewing-co/

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