Apple Blossom BBQ

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the 2018 Apple Blossom BBQ!

Following are the winners of the competition:

2018 GRAND CHAMPION – 1st Place Overall
1st Scotts BBQ Shack Scott Richardson Falls City, NE
2018 RESERVE CHAMPION – 2nd Place Overall
2nd Spitfire Tim Olson Fargo, ND
2018 RESERVE – 3rd Place Overall
3rd Skunk River BBQ Andrew Dean Paola, KS
2018 PEOPLE’S CHOICE TASTING
1st TheSlabs.com Stephanie & Kyle Wilson & Laval Lone Jack, MO
2nd Grandpa Smokey’s Curt Kretzinger Kansas City, MO
3rd Uncle Bub’s BBQ Eric Burkhart Eugene, MO
4th S&S / Triumph Foods Dan Sponseller St. Joseph
5th Weekend Bum BBQ Kevin Heese Kansas City, KS
2018 CHICKEN
1st Wabash BBQ Jim McCullough Excelsior Springs, MO
2nd Spitfire Tim Olson Fargo, ND
3rd Drop the Mike Michael Schaffer St. Joseph
4th Skunk River BBQ Andrew Dean Paola, KS
5th Parrothead Smokers John Nilges Dakota Dunes, SD
6th Smokn Dinger (The Professor of Hogology) Steve Rounds Blair, NE
7th Cool Blue Q Mark Anderson Overland Park, KS
8th TheSlabs.com Stephanie & Kyle Wilson & Laval Lone Jack, MO
9th Weekend Bum BBQ Kevin Heese Kansas City, KS
10th Here’s the Rub Justin & Joshua McCabe & Blevins Overland Park
2018 PORK RIBS
1st Wabash BBQ Jim McCullough Excelsior Springs, MO
2nd Uncle Bub’s BBQ Eric Burkhart Eugene, MO
3rd Skunk River BBQ Andrew Dean Paola, KS
4th Smokn Dinger (The Professor of Hogology) Steve Rounds Blair, NE
5th Three Brothers Different Mothers Arthur (Artie) Inouye Kearney, MO
6th Spitfire Tim Olson Fargo, ND
7th QSS Smokin’ Charlie Griece Lenexa, KS
8th Scotts BBQ Shack Scott Richardson Falls City, NE
9th TheSlabs.com Stephanie & Kyle Wilson & Laval Lone Jack, MO
10th B&C Smokers Cortney Drake Olathe, KS
2018 PORK
1st Scotts BBQ Shack Scott Richardson Falls City, NE
2nd R Butts R Smokin Randy Robinett Liberty, MO
3rd Hometown BBQ Jennifer O’Brien Easton, MO
4th Three Brothers Different Mothers Arthur (Artie) Inouye Kearney, MO
5th Spitfire Tim Olson Fargo, ND
6th Uncle Bub’s BBQ Eric Burkhart Eugene, MO
7th Cool Blue Q Mark Anderson Overland Park, KS
8th Helping U BBQ Ron Rauert Bennington, NE
9th Toad Hollar BBQ Doug Padgitt Maryville, MO
10th Grandpa Smokey’s Curt Kretzinger Kansas City, MO
2018 BEEF BRISKET
1st Scotts BBQ Shack Scott Richardson Falls City, NE
2nd Helping U BBQ Ron Rauert Bennington, NE
3rd Smokn Dinger (The Professor of Hogology) Steve Rounds Blair, NE
4th Cool Blue Q Mark Anderson Overland Park, KS
5th Uncle Bub’s BBQ Eric Burkhart Eugene, MO
6th TheSlabs.com Stephanie & Kyle Wilson & Laval Lone Jack, MO
7th Here’s the Rub Justin & Joshua McCabe & Blevins Overland Park
8th B&C Smokers Cortney Drake Olathe, KS
9th Spitfire Tim Olson Fargo, ND
10th Tall Boys and Lil’ Smoke Thomas Kirkland Overland Park, KS

Fabulous food and fun had by all!

Serving as the new organizers of St. Joseph’s Apple Blossom BBQ Competition in 2018, we were excited to offer a few new features. Guests enjoyed a full BBQ meal on Friday evening and Saturday after the parade in the park. They also enjoyed music, vendors, yard games and more. Of course, just sitting back to enjoy a beverage and the wafting smells of barbeque with friends was reason enough to take a little time in downtown St. Joseph the first weekend in May.

Music and activities were free to enjoy. Many played frisbee golf, whiffle ball golf, and more yard games on the beautiful spring green lawn of Civic Center Park!

They also visited our cookie, kettle corn, and other yummy vendors making sure your sweet tooth is satisfied.

We even had a full BBQ meal with a choice of pulled pork sandwiches or tacos along with sides and water. ($10 for Adults and $5 for kids 12 and under). And, if guests wanted to quench their thirst, we took care of that as well with beer ($5), pop and bottled water ($3). Attendees paid for meals and beverages with cash or credit card at the ticket table under the big tent. All net proceeds raised are going to further expand the “Made With Uncommon Character” charitable and community-oriented mission!

This annual event was a Kansas City Barbeque Society [KCBS] sanctioned state championship benefiting our nonprofit St. Joseph Community Branding initiative. Thank you to Triumph Foods for being the event’s presenting sponsor.

Our Facebook pages were great spots to stay up to date with event announcements. Following was our schedule:

FRIDAY, MAY 4th

5:00 – 10:00 p.m. People’s Choice Tasting & Pulled Pork BBQ Meal & Beverages @ Civic Center Park

5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Fiesta Activities & Vendor Fair @ Civic Center Park

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Music by Blue Oyster Culture Club

10:00 – 1 a.m. After Party at Hi-Ho Bar & Grill, 1817 Frederick Ave.

SATURDAY, MAY 5th

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Apple Blossom Parade from Noyes & Frederick to 4th & Felix Downtown

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Live Radio Remote by KKJO

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pulled Pork BBQ Meal & Beverages @ Civic Center Park Fiesta Activities & Vendor Fair @ Civic Center Park

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Discover Downtown 1st Saturday Kids Activities in Felix Street Square

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. BBQ Competition Awards Presentation @ Civic Center Park

You will not want to miss this downtown St. Joseph event!

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor: Triumph Foods

Grand Champion Sponsor: Hy-Vee Food Stores

Entertainment Sponsor: St. Jo Frontier Casino

T-Shirt Sponsor: John Joe Insurance Agency

After Party Sponsor: Hi-Ho Bar & Grill

Class Champion Sponsors: Mosaic Life Care, Hillyard Companies, St. Joseph Plumbing & Heating

Cup Sponsor: Wiry Orphan/Vernon Co.

Recreation Sponsor: GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness

Other Sponsors:

Marquee Event Rentals, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Hausman Metal Works & Roofing, Heritage Tractor, Midwest Central Outdoor, O’Malley Beverage, Shakespeare Chateau