The smell of barbecue lingered in the air long after the first Good Ole Boys Backyard BBQ and Dessert Baking Contest was over with Saturday, and everyone left happy and impressed.

The smell of barbecue lingered in the air long after the first Good Ole Boys Backyard BBQ and Dessert Baking Contest was over with Saturday, and everyone left happy and impressed.


After the smoke had cleared, there were three first-place winners in the rib, chicken and dessert categories.


First place in the chicken category was Mike Davis for the barbecue team A Lot of Bull. Davis was awarded a trophy and $1,000. In the rib category, Andy Allen for the barbecue team Burn One BBQ was the $1,000 winner. In the dessert category, Holly Treece for Bad Dog BBQ won with her buttermilk pecan pie. The Peoples’ Choice winner in ribs was the team Round Pin Grill and Pizza and they were awarded $500.


More than $5,000 worth of prize money was given away on Saturday as judges chose the top 10 for rib and chicken with third through first getting cash prizes. All of the food was professionally judged and scored.


About 38 barbecue teams competed contest, with many coming from all over the state to compete. Even some big-name barbecue competitors participated in the contest.


"They set this up very well," said Mike Elliott of Freeo Creek BBQ. "The competition by itself has been great. You are going against 38 teams while your food is being judged by eight KCBS judges and then 10 regular judges. There are a lot of big names competing out here, including Mike Davis ,who is ranked fifth nationally on the KCBS BBQ contest. There is just a lot of good competition out here."


KCBS stand for the Kansas City Barbeque Society. According to www.kcbs.com, KCBS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbecue. It is the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts with more than 19,000 members worldwide. They sanction more than 450 barbecue contests worldwide.


"When it comes to the judging process, it’s all just a crapshoot," Allen said. "You cook the best as you can and then it’s up to the judges from then on out."


The common theme among all who competed was how well White Hall and Sandra Truman did at making the first Good Ole Boys BBQ a good one.


"White Hall did a excellent job in setting this up," Allen said. "I am definitely coming back again next year if they do it again."


"This has been a great time and has been something enjoyable to do with friends," Fabin Fontnet for Unknown Cooks said. "I hopefully they will do it again next year and I will definitely be there."


"This was our first barbecue competition we have ever done, and it has been a great time," Jason Treece of Bad Dog BBQ said. "Sandra has done a great job of running this competition well."