ECHS BBQ fest a success

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beautiful weather was the cherry on top of a successful BBQ Festival at Tom Byrne Park in Atmore, organizers said.

The second annual festival was held to help raise funds for Escambia County High School’s yearbook staff.

A BBQ competition highlighted the event that fielded 14 teams competing for the top prize.

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ECHS Principal Dennis Fuqua said the event grew from last year.

“We had four more teams than we did last year,” Fuqua said.

This year’s fundraiser, which was sponsored by Wind Creek, was different than last year’s as organizers added an Anything Butt VIP dinner on Friday night.

Fuqua said the dinner was a huge success.

“I’ve gotten a commitment from several locals who are going to come next year,” he said.

A panel of judges judged three categories of meat — chicken, pork and ribs. The scores, which ranged from 2-9, were based on appearance, taste and tenderness.

The top three winners from each meat category are listed below, along wit the grand and reserve champion, and Anything Butt winner:


• Bull N Bones, first place

• Team Ballinger, second place

• The Pig Pirates, third place


• Bull N Bones, first place

• Dadgum Good BBQ, second place

• Ground Hog Smokers, third place


• Ground Hog Smokers, first place

• Team Ballinger, second place

• The Pig Pirates, third place

Reserve Champion — Team Ballinger

Grand Champion — Bull N Bones

Anything Butt — The Pig Pirates