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Smithfield Rib Super Series: 10th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival and Hog Happnin'

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November 14, 2013

It’s no secret! Barbeque competitions really bring the heat! From the smoke in the rigs to that final kick of flavor, there’s just something so alluring about this favorite pastime, and the Smithfield® Rib Super Series is proud to be a part of the action! This season, the Smithfield Rib Super Series has hit the barbeque circuit to award bonus cash prizes to the teams who compete in the rib category with Smithfield ribs at 13 KCBS events.

Congratulations to the Blue Bloods for taking first place at the 10th Ever Shedhead Blues Festival in Ocean Springs, Miss and Midnight Burns for taking first place at Hog Happnin’ in Shelby, N.C.  

At print, The Blue Bloods hold the first place position for the 2013 Smithfield Rib Super Series, followed closely by the team’s “parent team”, Two Old Men and a Grille. Over the 2013 season, the team has competed in multiple Smithfield Rib Super Series contests, but the 10th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival marked the team’s first, first place call of the series.

“The ribs were sweet at first with a little heat coming on the back end,” said David Mauro, of The Blue Bloods. “We try to cook on the same spot every time, using granulated brown sugar and two other commercial rubs.” 

By the time the competition season comes to a close, the Blue Bloods will be looking back on a 28-contest year. With those numbers, it’s safe to say the team knows a thing or two about barbeque. 

“Write down what you do so you can remember for the next time… from there, you can tweak it up or down, however you want to,” advised David. 

After a successful event in Ocean Springs, Miss., the Smithfield Rib Super Series headed up to Shelby, N.C. for the Hog Happnin’ where Midnight Burns took home the first place win.

“Our ribs had not been doing too well all season, so we decided at the last minute to totally change the dry rub and we changed the sauce,” said Kim Hicks, of Midnight Burns, a competition team for four years now. “We thought, eh, we’ll just try it out and see how it goes, and we were just shocked - absolutely shocked!”

Hicks described their winning ribs as being “sweet and a hint of heat at the end." 

“It was a great flavor. The combinations that we used seemed to work out well,” said Hicks.”

Congratulations to The Blue Bloods and Midnight Burns on their contest wins!

 

To view the complete schedule and to see the results, visit: KCBS.us/Smithfield.php

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