Smithfield Rib Super Series: Pork in the ParkMay 3, 2013
Moving its way from the great state of Texas over to the sunny east coast shore, the Smithfield® Rib Super Series made itself at home at the second tour stop of the season in Salisbury, Md. for the Pork in the Park BBQ Festival. Nearly 20,000 barbecue fanatics were drawn to this annual event, wrapping themselves up in the iconic smoke fragrance and mouth-watering flavors. But for the Smithfield Rib Super Series event, it was all about the 102 cook teams competing for rib glory. Congratulations to Little Creek Bar-B-Cue of Bangor, Penn., for taking home the first place win!
Little Creek Bar-B-Cue, made up of husband and wife duo Rich and Kim Green, has been cooking competitively since 2005. While the team makes it a point to compete in the Pork in the Park event every year, this was the first year for the team to enter the Smithfield Rib Super Series contest. Having placed in the rib category in their past seven events, Little Creek Bab-B-Cue felt pretty confident about their ability to do well in the ancillary Rib Super Series.
“Our ribs are sweet all the way,” said Rich. “Well, with an underlying bit of heat,” added Kim.
Aside from their competition team, Little Creek Bar-B-Cue is also a takeout barbecue restaurant in New York where the only ribs served are from Smithfield. Even though Smithfield products are native to the southern region, Rich and Kim Green are proud to serve them in their restaurant.
“They’re just… GOOD ribs,” said Rich. “They’re meatier and seem to be trimmed better.”
Every competition team has their own tricks of the trade. In comparison to some of the other cook teams out there, Little Creek Bar-B-Cue waits to prepare their ribs until just a few hours before placing them on the smoker.
“It does make me nervous sometimes, seeing guys prepping their ribs 12 hours in advance,” said Rich. But when you begin to consistently place in the rib category, there’s really no need to be intimidated by what the other guys are doing.
Congratulations, Little Creek Bar-B-Cue!