Thursday, September 17, 2015

BC Team Takes Home BBQ Championship

Richmond Team Takes Home BBQ Championship
BBQ Community Expands with BBQ Off the Bypass

The 10th annual BBQ Off the Bypass, presented in Langley by C&D Logistics was another year of success and fun. With 19 teams from all over the Pacific Northwest competed for the Grand Championship, which was captured by local Richmond, BC's Hog Shack Cook House. Local residents, Sandra Sayer, Beth Watt and Colleen Hayes of Big Dog BBQ took home pie championships in their respective categories: Fruit Pie, Anything Pie, and Butter Tart. More details on results.

Richmond's Hog Shack BBQ took home 10th Annual BBQ Off the Bypass championship.
(L to R): Scott Graham, John Lim Hing, Joel Whitmore

A decade of smoking hot BBQ and community fun were celebrated at the 2015 BBQ Off the Bypass (BOTB), presented by C&D Logistics, on September 13th, 2015. The event also welcomed the 6th annual Great BC Bake-Off.

More than 5,000 meat lovers of all ages attended this free public event to enjoy free samples of delicious slow-cooked meat, purchased take home treats from vendors, and participated in free activities including face-painting, festival games and live performances by local band, The New Shackeltons.

Admission was by donation, with all proceeds collected ($6,809.95) to support Langley-based TinyKittens Society, a 100% volunteer-run animal rescue to promote the welfare of cats.

Already a beautiful and hot day, the energy at this year's competition was even hotter as more than 19 teams from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Oregon, Washington and all over BC traveled to compete for the Grand Championship title and a cash prize of $10,000 shared by the winning teams.

Visiting Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) head judges Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh led a local team of certified judges to judge a very close competition with Hog Shack Cook House taking home the Grand Championship, after achieving the highest total points in all four competition categories: chicken, ribs, pork shoulder (pulled pork) and beef brisket. With only 0.046 points behind, Lake House BBQ took home the title of Reserve Grand Champion (2nd place).

Surrey's Stacked Racks BBQ was the winner of the Black Box competition with their turkey roll using this year's mystery ingredients: JD Farms ground turkey, ginger and carob molasses.

In addition to the BBQ competition, the 6th annual Great BC Bake-Off also took place at this year's event with 26 fresh, homemade pies entered in one of the three categories: fruit pie, butter tarts and an open category. It was a close competition with Sandra Sayer taking home the Fruit Pie championship with her Dutch Apple Jack Pie and Beth Watt winning the Anything Pie category with Corn Onion Galotte. Finally, last year's pie winner, Colleen of Big Dog BBQ took home the Butter Tart category.

An assortment of pies entered for the Great BC Bake-Off.
(Photo credit: Hanson Do, Nosh and Nibble)

An additional prize for this year's pie winners, Aldergrove's Otter Co-Op will scale each first place winner's recipes and bake them to sell at the store.

"As the interest in BBQ increases each year, we have more teams joining to cook, more judges to judge and more spectators to enjoy. BBQ Off the Bypass is more than a day event. It's a community that brings people together to celebrate, share and support one another. I can't wait to see what the 11th year will bring for us in 2016. See you there!" - Angie Quaale, BBQ champion and founder of BOTB.

For the full list of teams, partners and sponsors, please visit here.

Judging list for this year's Black Box and Pie category are available online.

If you missed this year's BBQ competition, mark your calendar for the 11th annual BBQ Off the Bypass competition in September 2016 at the Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store in Langley, BC.

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