Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Cookoff a sizzling success



Chris Davis (left), Crossed Rifles BBQ, with JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Davis won 1st place in the Chicken and Pork Spare Ribs categories and was also the overall Grand Champion. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Chris Davis (left), Crossed Rifles BBQ, with JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Davis won 1st place in the Chicken and Pork Spare Ribs categories and was also the overall Grand Champion. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

May was National Barbecue Month and the grills were sizzling on May 21-22 at the Jourdanton City Park. From barbecue to games to a silent auction, the 31st Annual Jourdanton VFD BBQ Cookoff offered food and fun with a competitive flair.

“This annual fundraiser provides training and equipment for volunteers so we can better serve the citizens of Jourdanton and residents of Atascosa County,” JVFD Captain Jeff Rankin said. “We appreciate and thank the sponsors and donors for donating to the event, the citizens for coming out to the event and the barbecue teams for weathering the storm.”

Overall winners were: Chris Davis, Crossed Rifles BBQ, Grand Champion; Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ, Reserve Grand Champion; Jacob Carrizales, J&M Cookers, third place; Caleb Warden, Kickin Kajun Smokehouse, fourth place; Orlando Carrasco, Back the Blue BBQ, fifth place; Bobby Delgado, 4 D BBQ, sixth place; Ricky Maldonado, Burnt Orange BBQ, seventh place; Jessica Kidd, J-Town Grillers, eighth place; Amber Forrest, Get Lit, ninth place and John Henry Schorsch, Pair-O-Dice, tenth place.

JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik (left) with Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ. Reyes won 1st place in the Brisket category and was overall Reserve Grand Champion. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik (left) with Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ. Reyes won 1st place in the Brisket category and was overall Reserve Grand Champion. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Winners in the Chicken category were: first place- Chris Davis, Crossed Rifles BBQ; second place- Ricky Maldonado, Burnt Orange BBQ; third place- John Henry Schorsch, Pair-O-Dice; fourth place- Orlando Carrasco, Back the Blue BBQ; fifth place- Adrian Gutierrez, Mijos Grillers; sixth place-Mark Cantu, Longhorn Smokers; seventh place-BJ Martinez, Smokin Brothers BBQ; eighth place-Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ; ninth place-Jacob Carrizales, J&M Cookers; tenth place- Bobby Delgado, 4 D BBQ.

Winners in the Pork Spare Ribs category were: first place-Chris Davis, Crossed Rifles BBQ; second place-Jessica Kidd, J-Town Grillers; third place-Jacob Carrizales, J&M Cookers; fourth place- Adam Figueroa, Mas O Menos BBQ; fifth place-Alan Moore, Rub It Out BBQ; sixth place-Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ; seventh place-Amber Forrest, Get Lit, eighth place-Caleb Warden, Kickin Kajun Smokehouse; ninth place- Bobby Delgado, 4 D BBQ and tenth place-John Willborn, Down South Kraut BBQ.

From left, JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik, Jessica Kidd, J-Town Grillers, and JVFD Captain Jeff Rankin. Kidd won first place in the Beans category. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

From left, JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik, Jessica Kidd, J-Town Grillers, and JVFD Captain Jeff Rankin. Kidd won first place in the Beans category. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Winners in the Brisket category were: first place- Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ; second place-Caleb Warden, Kickin Kajun Smokehouse; third place- Bobby Delgado, 4 D BBQ; fourth place-Chris Davis, Crossed Rifles BBQ; fifth place-Jacob Carrizales, J&M Cookers; sixth place- Orlando Carrasco, Back the Blue BBQ; seventh place-Amber Forrest, Get Lit; eighth place-Steven Oropeza, Smoken Aces; ninth place-BJ Martinez, Smokin Brothers BBQ and tenth place-Ricky Maldonado, Burnt Orange BBQ.

Winners in the Beans category were: first place- Jessica Kidd, J-Town Grillers; second place-Amber Forrest, Get Lit and third place-Tatum Watson, Second Hand Smoke BBQ and Grill.

Winners in the Chili category were: first place- Alan Moore, Rub It Out BBQ; second place-Jason Reyes, Pura Vida BBQ and third place-Amber Forrest, Get Lit.

First place in the Kids Que went to Braydn “Pork Chop” Ratliff. Kid competitors all had one hour to prepare and cook pork chops which were provided to them.

Alan Moore, Rub it Out BBQ (left) with JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Moore won 1st place in the Chili category. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Alan Moore, Rub it Out BBQ (left) with JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Moore won 1st place in the Chili category. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

First place in the Margarita category was won by the team of Junior Bosquez, Ronica Bosquez and Benjamin Martinez. The Cook’s Choice award went to Payton Kight, Brandy Yarbrough, Amber Forrest, Misty Yarbrough and Ronda Savage.

Taking home first place in the Washer Tournament were Cory Smith and Junior Bosquez on Friday night. Saturday Cornhole Tournament winners were Mo M Rhadbane and Lisa Sanchez.

The 2021 JVFD silent auction buyers were Jody Elrod, Dustin Goodrum, Joe Ybanez, Ed and Toni Miranda, Ralph Ayala, David and Shelia Meyer, James Huddleston, Gerald and Sherry Rankin, Jeff and Misty Rankin, Gino and Donna Valdez, Curtis Adams, Randy and Sherry Gaydos, Carlos Salazar, Dawn Moore, Joe David Cordova, Wyatt Wells, Tina Neely, Jacob and Lacy Walker, Daylon Fowler, Alexus Balderaz, Paul and Michelle Shelton, Jack Harrison, Clearwater Pool & Spa, Andrea Young, Josh Valdez, Charlie and Daphanie Shelton, Jay Fojtik, Robert Williams and Burton Meyers.

Braydn “Pork Chop” Ratliff (left) with JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Ratliff won 1st place in the Kids Que. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Braydn “Pork Chop” Ratliff (left) with JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Ratliff won 1st place in the Kids Que. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The auction would not have been possible without the item donations from the following generous donors: South Texas Farm and Ranch Feed Store, Nest Feathers, Craig Thompson, Paisley’s, Bougie on a Budget, Cactus and a Rose, Donna Valdez, A Family Affair II, Granzin’s, Michael Wilke, Tina Neely, 10-Star, Valvoline Express Care, Jannette Harrison, RE Kustoms, Atascosa Liquor, Meyers Gun Shop, Pink Cactus, Paul and Michelle Shelton, Sons of Liberty Gun Works, Joe’s Place, Pleasanton Country Club, CJ Lyssy Ranch, Rodriguez Family, E&L Garage, Primo’s Feed & Supply, Dornak Auto Parts, Team BOSTEX, Art on Main, The Shot Glass, Jeff Chicoine-State Farm Insurance, 5-L Liquor, Shifters American Grill, Bell Hydro Gas, Mary Huddleston at The Salon, Country Girl Designs and Gerald and Sherry Rankin.

First-place-prize coolers were sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4853. The sound system and walk-up music was provided by Clifford Lyssy and the Get Lit Team.

From left: Payton Kight, Brandy Yarbrough, Amber Forrest, Misty Yarbrough, and Ronda Savage, with Get Lit, and JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Get Lit won 1st place in the Cook’s Choice category. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

From left: Payton Kight, Brandy Yarbrough, Amber Forrest, Misty Yarbrough, and Ronda Savage, with Get Lit, and JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik. Get Lit won 1st place in the Cook’s Choice category. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

A huge thank you to event sponsors Atascosa County VFW Post 4853, RB Printing, Gaydos Construction, Ed McClure, RE Kustoms and E&L Garage for their part in making this year’s event such a great success.

From left: Junior Bosquez, Ronica Bosquez, JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik, Benjamin Martinez. J. Bosquez, R. Bosquez and Martinez had the 1st place Margarita. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

From left: Junior Bosquez, Ronica Bosquez, JVFD Chief Jay Fojtik, Benjamin Martinez. J. Bosquez, R. Bosquez and Martinez had the 1st place Margarita. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Cody Smith (left) and Junior Bosquez won first place in the Washer Tournament. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Cody Smith (left) and Junior Bosquez won first place in the Washer Tournament. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Mo M Rhadbane (left) and Lisa Sanchez won first place in the Cornhole Tournament. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Mo M Rhadbane (left) and Lisa Sanchez won first place in the Cornhole Tournament. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

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