For the fifth year, Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation has put together a successful rib cook-off event drawing in hundreds to share in the barbeque fun. Hilltop Tavern and the event-prepared parking lot was once again filled with Albie supporters and pork rib lovers on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from noon to 6::00 p.m. Attendees ranged in ages from infant to senior, women and men, cancer survivors to fight, research and treatment supporters.
The pull of the pink was evident with pink shirts and accessories dotting the crowd with the primarily favored garment being the Albie Ribbin' apron with pink ribbon and pig worn proudly by many rib cook competitors. A few Halloween costumes were also in play with the additional late October seasonal fun. Smoke tantalized, grins teased, side dishes were served while the competitors finished their slow cooking ribs for the judgment around 2:00 p.m.
Judging was officiated by well known chef and certified BBQ judge Chef Hef, who is now in the final process of getting his Plank Cooking cookbook published. Ribs were delivered in typical white Styrofoam take-out containers to the official tasters with only arbitrary numbers to identify the cooks. The judging table was across the street, away from the crowds and any eyes hoping to potentially sneak a peek of scores. As easy as tasting and judging sounds, the process has strict rules and methods of scoring and endures the criticism of those who don't agree.
The event was made lively with the two performing bands Cardboard Ringo and reggae band Urban Fire. Dancing became more popular as the day progressed but children could always be seen bobbing to the grooves as adults chatted, ate the rib lunch included with ticket purchase, or queried competitors about their sauces and grilling techniques. Raffle tickets were bought in plentitude for an extensive number of donated gifts including wine baskets, cases of beer, t-shirts, brewery tours, gift certificates, jewelry, and so much more also accompanied by silent auction items such as a bicycle, a lounge chair with umbrella, a barbeque and other donations summoning bids in the hundreds.
Around 4:00 p.m. winners were announced for best sauce utilizing Jagermeister, The Limelight, and best ribs with third place going to Club 2-Me, second place going to Pinche's Pork Paradise, and first place going to a second consecutive year winner, Ed Rocky Niehaus representing Go Girl. Many cheers were heard, a few groans but in truth every competitor was a winner for their hard work and dedication to the Albie Aware cause. Ribs are good but supporters of organizations like Albie are great. A day filled with food, competitive spirits, music, friends, and perhaps a bit of booze can be grand fun but supporting the breast cancer cause is a grand reason to attend every year.
You can find out more about Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation at their official website here. You can find out more about Chef Hef and his upcoming cookbook and other services at his website here. Please see the fun "Best Of" 2013 Albie list here.