The 2013 Turn-n-Burn presented by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and WESTERN Premium BBQ Products set a record as the largest pay-out for a barbecue cook-off in the State of Texas this past weekend. Just how much? Winners walked away with a whopping $34,200. Organizers hope to increase this amount for next year’s event.
The event brought in 149 teams (151 had initially signed up) to prove their mettle at their various pits.
Winning the Grand Champion prize was Hampton Pratka’s team the Bottle Cap Cookers consisting of Dorothy and Bill Pratka and Chelsea White. They also came in second in the Rib Division.
Bring home Reserve Champion were Alicia and Clarence Joseph of Mama and Papa Joe’s Barbeque. The Josephs also won second and fourth place in the Brisket and Chicken Divisions respectively.
Each first place team also won bonus money plus prizes of WESTERN Premium BBQ Products. They also provided wood and firestarter to every single team.
Chamber President Chico Cox was very pleased with the turn out. “There were cookers everywhere! WW Wood, Inc. was a great partner and the IBCA folks as well.”
The dances had great attendance with standing room only at the huge Saturday night dances featuring Rodney Hayden and the Bellamy Brothers and the team roping held during the day on Saturday had over 300 entries.
A new feature at this event was the addition of involving students from the culinary class at Pleasanton High School. Gabriel Rodriguez and Katie Kruse, both seniors at PHS, each had the same ingredients to prepare for the competition. Gabriel won first place and a $1,250 scholarship and Katie came in second and won $750. The event was sponsored by Security Service Federal Credit Union and the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
Cook’s Choice Winners
10th Place: Bubba’s Bar-b-q Rub – Bert Reinke
9th Place: The Worms Cooking Team – Joe Castillo
8th Place: Mesquite Burning Aggies – Jose Rodriguez
10th Place: Smoke Ring Kings – Jeffrey D. Garza
9th Place: That’s My BBQ – Eugene Reyes
8th Place: 1 More Beer – Mike Mueller
7th Place: Family Feud – Kevin Jackson
6th Place: Smoke’em If Ya Got’em – Lupe Martinez
5th Place: Giant BBQ – Darwin Hoel
4th Place: Most Wanted Smokers – Riccardo Rodriguez
3rd Place: JD’s Team Xtreme BBQ – JD Davidsmeyer
2nd Place: Cactus Flat Cookers – Daniel Bade
1st Place: J Town Grillers – Jacob Walker
7th Place: Lupe’s BBQ – Lupe Ramirez
6th Place: Next Door Catering – Troy Brown
5th Place: Wingnut Cookers – Richard Janek Jr.
4th Place: 4 T BBQ – Joshua Dove
3rd Place: Keep’er Hot Cookin Team – Shane Burchfield
2nd Place: R-Pals – Abel Alcanter
1st Place: Backyard Boy’s & Co. – Bill Boyle
10th Place: Trash Can Cookers – Monte Brown
9th Place: Gruengo’s – Charlie Wimberley
8th Place: Smokin’ Hott – Toni Olenick
7th Place: J&J Cookers – Joseph Brown
6th Place: Orange Maple Too – Teresa Muniz
5th Place: Bar H BBQ – Philp Hofferichter
4th Place: Mama & Papa Joe’s BBQ – Clarence Joseph
3rd Place: Cactus Flat Cookers – Daniel Bade
2nd Place: Orange Maple Cookers – Howard Muniz
1st Place: Bottle Cap Cookers – Hampton Pratka
Pork Spare Ribs Winners
10th Place: Sauced Up N Smokin’ – Greg Deters
9th Place: Poke in Da Eye – Joseph Koricanek
8th Place: Smokewagon – Brad Olenick
7th Place: 1 More Beer – Mike Mueller
6th Place: Pork Pistol Posse – Chad Gilbert
5th Place: Fire & Smoke Cooking Team – Archie Donaho
4th Place: The Worms Cooking Team – Joe Castillo
3rd Place: Coastal City Smokers – Lenny Ybanez
2nd Place: Bottlecap Cookers – Hampton Protka
1st Place: Giant BBQ – Darwin Hoel
10th Place: Gruengo’s – Charlie Wimberley
9th Place: Blowin’ Smoke – Felix Perez
8th Place: Bar 80 BBQ – Mark Bodden
7th Place: 4 D BBQ – Brenda Davenport
6th Place: Smokewagon BBQ – Brad Olenick
5th Place: Smoke’em If Ya Got’em – Lupe Martinez
4th Place: BMF Smokers – Jaime Balderas
3rd Place: Miss N Rib – Greg Rinehart
2nd Place: Mama & Papa Joe’s BBQ – Clarence Joseph
1st Place: That’s My BBQ – Eugene Reyes
Plans for a bigger and even better Turn-n-Burn in 2014 are already in the works according to Wade McBee and Chico Cox, co-chairmen of the event.