The first “Holy Smoke!” barbecue competition at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge attracted 20 teams who vied for bragging rights in four categories: Ribs, Brisket, Pork Shoulder and Wild Card.
Taking top prize as overall winner in the Oct. 4 event was the Cochon D’Play Smoker team of Bryan Fontenot, Arlin Fontenot, David Fontenot, Wesley Fontenot and Elizabeth Grace Fontenot. The team was sponsored by Cane Capital Management.
Earning second place overall was the Smoke on the Horizon team. Third overall went to Ring of Fire, fourth to J Shack Smokers and fifth to Faulk & Meek General Contractors.
The winners in the Ribs category were: first, Faulk & Meek General Contractors; second, J Shack Smokers; third, and Smoke on the Horizon.
In the Wild Card category, Cochon D’Play Smoker took first; Pork Authority, second; and Vu’s “Q” Crew, third.
Garden of Eatin’ won Pork Shoulder; Cochon D’Play Smoker, second; and 2 Brothers BBQ, third.
In the Brisket category, Smoke on the Horizon took first; 2 Brothers BBQ, second; and Ring of Fire, third.
The Faulk & Meek General Contractors team was named Crowd Favorite while the Cadillac Cooking Team came in second and Ritter Maherinades, third.
The Oct. 4 event also included a kids’ hamburger patty contest in which 21 elementary schoolchildren competed. Their burgers were judged by St. Joseph Academy Consumer Science and Family Affairs students.
Bubble Dirks took the top prize in the children’s competition, with Bailey Faulk coming in second and Emory Zeringue, third.
Among the judges for the adults’ competition were Stephen Hightower, president of Exclamation Point Hospitality Group; Jay Ducote of biteandbooze.com; and John Bennett, principal of St. Aloysius School.