Molalla's WildRiver BBQ is the largest barbecue competition in the state, and it ran Saturday and Sunday in the shade of the oak grove, with a record number of entries.
Top BBQ cooks from around the Pacific Northwest competed for prestige and prize money in the traditional categories of ribs, brisket, pork and chicken. Molallas BBQ competition is Oregons oldest event sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (PNWBA).
The cook-off is more than just a celebration of barbeque cooking. In addition to attracting visitors to the Molalla area and the scenic Molalla River Recreation Corridor, the event raises funds to benefit the Molalla River Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to protect the water quality of the Molalla River and sustain its fish, wildlife and ecosystems. The MRA also works to promote diverse recreational opportunities in the Molalla River Corridor.
For the competing cooks, prize money offered this yearwas the highest ever offered in the Molalla event.
The trophies and award plaques were awarded Sunday afternoon.
This year a local artist designed the award plaques.
The results for the Oregon State Grand Champion BBQ went to:
Oregon State Grand Champion - Wine Country Q
Reserve Champion - Bad Bones
Mayors Spirit Award- Smokin Timbers
People's Choice for Best Sample - Nagging Wife
Newbie Q - Rub'em Longtime (for an entrant who has not competed in more than three events)
Chicken - Ice Harbor Brewing
Pork - Wine Country Q
Brisket - Bad Bones BBQ
Ribs - Wine Country Q
Dutch Oven - Maddog's BBQ
Anything off the Grill(e) - Woodstock Smokers
This year, the first place Dutch Oven winner was scored a perfect 200, with all judges giving the winner a maximum score.
The watermelon eating contest had two winners, one in each age category. The winners were:Age 1 though 6 - Destiny; Age 7 through 14 - Josh.