Local musicians, artists and vendors were all on hand for what organizers hope will become Brentwood’s newest signature event, which featured games and activities for kids, plenty of beer and wine (60 kegs of beer were sold), and many stores offering specials. But the thing they all came for was the barbecue.
Unfortunately, demand from the estimated 10,000 to 12,000 who attended the three-day event simply outpaced the supply of grilled goodies, leaving some visitors disappointed. It’s one of the areas organizer Jeff Schults and members of the sponsoring Brentwood Police Activities League (PAL) consider a first-year problem, but a problem nonetheless, something that will be fixed next year.
Unlike the annual Brentwood BBQ King Cook-off that inspired the event, last weekend’s Saturday competition was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which conducts competitions all over the country. With names like What’s That Smell?, Slap Yo Daddy BBQ and Rolling Bones BBQ Circus, more than 30 cooking teams from all over the state attempted to meet the trained judges’ exacting standards and claim the title in KCBS’ first California competition. The top three finishers overall were Rock’s Barbecue, first place; Butcher’s Daughter BBQ, second; and Slap Yo Daddy BBQ, third. (For a complete list of winners in all categories, click here.)
On Sunday, the competition shifted to backyard barbecue. Seven cooking teams participated, and Kris McCullough, the Brentwood Barbecue King for the last two years, walked off with most of the hardware. He won trophies for the best chicken, ribs and overall, while judges said Jeff Luckeroth’s Bucket Boy BBQ team cooked the best tri-tip.
The unseasonably cool weather enjoyed during most of the event took a turn for the nasty Saturday afternoon, as frigid wind and rain tore through the venue, toppling booths and sending the crowd home early. But by Sunday morning, calm was restored and many of the 79 glittering cars, trucks and motorcycles returned for another day of oohs and ahhs at the car show.
“I wanted to eat more barbecue, but the rest was fun, too,” said 9-year-old Jarrod Ollson. “I like the boxcar races the best.”
Proceeds from the event benefited PAL (45 percent) and the local nonprofit groups who helped stage the event (50 percent); 5 percent will be banked as seed money for next year. The numbers have yet to be finalized, but revenue should be a big help to some of the charities that went unpaid due to a downturn at last year’s CornFest.
“The Blues, Brews & BBQs was better than we could have hoped for,” Schults posted on Facebook. “We should clear $50K easy. Lots of folks stepped up and several nonprofits are going to be really happy. Can’t wait for next year.”
For more photos from this event, click here.