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Come hell or high water, Twyford BBQ takes KPC in Memphis
Jun 03, 2011

For a first-time Memphis in May competitor, Randy Twyford made more than an impression, scoring fifth overall in ribs and topping all other Kingsford Points Chase competitors.

The Jacksonville, Ill. resident began grilling when he was a child. After his mother took a night job, Randy and his father took on the responsibility of preparing dinner.  Being the men that they are, their dinner often revolved around a grill.

That led to a love of BBQ and grilling and one night while researching recipes and techniques on the Internet, Randy stumbled upon some information regarding competitive barbeque. He was intrigued by the idea ofcompeting because it looked like something fun that the family could do together.

Randy and his wife Marla have been competing since 2004. Originally, their team was named after the family farm – Ulcer Acres. Randy soon realized the name Ulcer Acres BBQ wouldn’t exactly instill confidence in their barbeque and the name was changed to Twyford BBQ.

The team’s first win came just two years after they started competing at the Kentucky Big Rivers BBQ in Bardwell, Ky. “It was our second year of cooking and we found ourselves in the middle of the Who’s Who of BBQ,” said Randy.

They’ve been hooked ever since, competing two or three times per month. Their favorite contest is Praise the Lard in Murphysboro, Ill., which features both Memphis Barbecue Network and the Kansas City Barbeque Society styles of competition.

Randy offered Grilling.com readers one secret to his championship ribs – about three hours into the cooking process, wrap your ribs in foil to let them simmer in a mixture of ingredients that impart some extra flavor into the ribs.

In addition to competing, Randy also co-owns Twyford BBQ & Catering in Jacksonville, Ill.

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