Saturday, December 26, 2009

2009 competition news - From Blind Pig BBQ website.

2009 BBQ competition season comes to an endIt was the best year yet for Blind Pig BBQ!

We had some great finishes and participated in some outstanding events, although the big KCBS win still eludes us. The team came together well and is now more of a family event with cousins Joe Cylc and Steve Calvert and my brother Jeff Bera chipping in. The highlight of the season was the overall win in ribs at the Garry Maddox Challenge (and not just because we won World Series tix!). In 2005 this was the event that started my BBQ obsession (addiction is more like it), making this year's win even sweeter. During the off season I plan to get some modifications done to the cooker by Melvin at Meadow Creek BBQ and possibly add a rotisserie pig cooker to my ever growing inventory of toys – did I mention the addiction part? I’ll be posting update pics of the cooker and the 2010 BBQ schedule to the web site. Thanks to everyone who supported us and to those who came out and help with the beer consumption! A special thanks to Joe Kelly of the Fairmount Sports Association for having us cook for their annual golf outing this year, it was a great experience and hopefully we can do it again.

Tom Bera


On September 17th, at Citizen's Bank park before the Phillies - Nationals game, Garry Maddox will be presented with the charity check for his Youth Golf & Academics Program made at the Steven Starr - Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge. Also, on the field, the 1st place winners of the BBQ event will be announced! Tom Bera - Blind Pig BBQ finished 1st in the Pit master division and 1st in Garry's Rib-off (both divisions for a trip to the 2009 Word Series)!Full Pit Master rankings will be available at - - in a few weeks time. Thanks to Kerry Williams for organizing this great event!


Rain... rain... rain... pretty much sums up Friday night at the New Holland Summerfest. Water gushed down Jackson St. like a river putting some teams ankle deep in mud. It was still, as always, a great BBQ contest. Out of the 72 competitors 4 teams earned enough points this season to be in the running for the PA Cup - PA Midnight Smokers, Christmas City BBQ, Stumpy Coals and Blind Pig BBQ. Unfortunately we did not do well enough to take the title finishing well in the middle at 35th place over all. Congrats to PA Midnight Smokers for their 3rd consecutive win.


Beautiful weekend in Bel Air, MD for the Maryland State BBQ Bash! Lots of people attended and we got to meet some great new folks - an all around good time.Not the best showing for Blind Pig BBQ, we finished 19th out of 52 teams with only one top ten - 9th place brisketNext event -


It was a great day for BBQ! Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for the Garry Maddox rib cook-off at Citizen's Bank park in Philly. The sun was shining and the smoke was rising from the 40+ competitors that gathered for this well organized charity event. Thanks to all that came out to support (and drink) with us.Blind Pig BBQ finished...1st in ribs in the pitmaster divisionand1st in the Garry Maddox rib challenge which also won us a trip for 2 to the 2009 World Series! Next event -


What a great weekend in Wildwood, NJ at the NJ State BBQ Championship! They increased the amount of teams to 62, doubling from previous years and everything went great.Blind Pig BBQ finished 3rd overall with - 2nd in pork3rd in brisket13th in ribsNext event -


Blind Pig BBQ brings home a 4th place rib trophy from "The Art of BBQ" competition in Mays Landing, NJ. Next event -


Blind Pig BBQ takes 4th in chicken, 3rd in ribs and 8th in pork at the "Smoke in the Valley" competition in Green Lane, PA. 4th place overall.Next event -