Silver Lake Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival

Silver Lake Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival

Had a wonderful time at Silver Lake this past weekend. The festival and contest, now in its 10th years, draws a veritable who’s who of regional competitive BBQ and the KCBS contest is the highlight of the year for many KCBS judges, me included!

Silver Lake Sand Dunes holds its very popular Apple BBQ Cook-Off Festival in the business district of Mears, MI. highlights include the BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Apple Pie Contest, arts/crafts show and farm fresh apples of Oceana County. Also featured are the Classic Auto and Truck Show and Dune Buggy Show

This year, the ribs category was phenomenal, chicken and pork had some stars and a couple of good tries that didn’t quite catch fire. But it was in Brisket, that only the 4th perfect score in Michigan BBQ history was earned by “Smokin’ In The D” BBQ team. The overall brisket quality was some of the best on the circuit this year. Must be that Lake Michigan air! RESULTS

I always enjoy contests repped by Ron and Dena Milhous. They run a tight contest. Fair, but flexible.  I’ve never heard a bad thing about their work.

I collected pictures of the logos of just a few of the teams. We have some creative cookers out there. If you know the back story on any of these teams, add it to the comments. I really think it is important for the cooks and judges to learn more about the people behind the smokers and the badges.

Hernandez Style BBQ
What a great family BBQ team.
OMG bbq
OMG BBQ – Licensed to Cook
Bivouac BBq
Almost didn’t see these guys! Bivouac BBQ
Holy smokers mi bbq
May He remember all your meal offerings And find your burnt offering acceptable! Psalms 20:3. Holy Smokers MI BBQ
Smokin in the d bbq team
We had an unbelievable day at The Silver Lake Apple BBQ Festival. We scored a perfect 180 score in Brisket, only the 4th in Michigan BBQ History.We also captured Reserve Grand Champion.
Jamberie Smoke BBQ
Jambrie Smoke BBQ –
Mutts & Butts – husband and wife BBQ team. But their mutts, Cleo and Reese, really run the show.

Pork fat slim
Pork Fat Slim’s Backyard BBQ

Meat Rubbers
Meat Rubbers BBQ. Team

Firehouse snoke bbq team
Firehouse Smoke BBQ – team led by Jim Goodrich-Smith

Isweet racks and smoin bxutts
Sweet Racks & Smokin’ Butts BBQ team

Mac Attack BBQ, Fennville, MI = Grand Champions




Attention BBQ Pitmasters Season 5 Hopefuls

I just got this notice from Kansas City Barbeque Society.  Get cracking if you want a slot on the show. I will watch and cheer you on. GRIFF

Attention BBQ Pitmasters Season 5 Hopefuls

Please note that due to an unavoidable schedule conflict, the due date for Video Audition Submissions for BBQ Pitmasters Season 5 has changed to December 29th, 2013. We encourage all applicants to get their videos in by that time or well before to ensure that Destination America has the best pool of candidates to choose from for the episodes! We apologize for the shift and look forward to seeing videos soon. Please send any questions to The Casting Team at

Pitmasters… start your fires for Season Five of Destination America’s hit series, BBQ Pitmasters!

Once again, Destination America/Original Media is putting out the call to smokers fromAmerica’s legendary BBQ cities! Pitmasters with wild personalities and unbeatable skills at the smoker in the states of Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, and Georgia* are challenged to duke it out for a chance at a $50,000 Grand Prize and bragging rights as the undisputed Season Five BBQ Pitmasters Grand Champion!
*If you’re not from one of the regions listed, never fear! Throw your hat in for the Wild Card Episode- open to Pitmasters from all over the states!


  • Interested Pitmasters and their team should prepare a high energy, entertaining, and impressive video showing off your competitive, zestful, in-it-to-win-it personalities- we want to know why you’re the Pitmaster to beat!
  • We especially want to know why the ‘Que you’re cooking up is the best in YOUR region. For example, if you are in Georgia, tell us what “Georgia BBQ” is supposed to be and how you smoke up the best!
  • Upload your video and send the link to with TEAM NAME – LEAD PITMASTER LAST NAME – CITY as the subject line (ex: HOTPANTS SMOKERS – JOHNSON – AUSTIN TX).
  • Be sure to provide a good contact phone number in the email, as well as a picture of you and your teammate.
  • If your video convinces us that you are going to go all the way, we will contact you with the next steps!


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BBQ Festivals and Competitions – Another Great List

BBQHUB.COM has this list of upcoming events.

Welcome to BBQ –, the directory of barbecue festivals and bbq competitions from around the world. Our comprehensive listing of bbq festivals and bbq restaurants will help you to plan your bbq trips around your taste buds and the search for the perfect barbecue sauce. If you don’t see your favorite barbecue festival listed on our directory, then send us a link and we will add it. Our goal is to keep you up to date with the latest info on BBQ Festivals and competitions from coast to coast and around the world.

Date set for International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky

The date’s been set for the International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Far Western Kentucky has some mighty fine pork cooks, but mutton also takes centerstage at this festival on May 7th & 8th, 2010.

The festival’s site boast the banner, “Welcome to Bar-B-Q Paradise!”

Intl BBQ Festival - Owensboro, KY

The competition is fierce and the flavors rich as local cooking teams produce the best that their secret recipes have to offer in an effort to win the Governor’s Cup, the prize awarded to the best overall Bar-B-Q cooking team. Even backyard grill masters get lean and mean during The Classic Cook-Off competition, preparing delectable treats to share with festivalgoers. – BBQFEST.COM

The International Bar-B-Q Festival serves up non-stop entertainment, carnival rides, face painting, pie- and mutton eating contests and the Festival’s Family Pavilion.

Schedule of Events

Festival Map
Festival News
Arts & Crafts Exhibitors
Concessions Vendors

Ducks Unlimited, Memphis Barbecue Network to host barbecue competition

The Memphis Biz Journal reports: 

The two organizations will host the first “Pigs In Flight” Barbecue Competition and Festival March 25-27, at DU’s national headquarters at One Waterfowl Way.

The event will culminate with an awards presentation, live auction and raffle.

As a sanctioned event through the Memphis Barbecue Network, the grand champion of the event also will earn a spot in the Memphis Barbecue Network Championships which are held annually.

Read the entire story here