KCBS Team Bios
TEAM TOP CHICKYear Started: 2004
We are a family team consisting of husband and wife Ron and Nancy Montgomery along with children Anna, Allison, Trent and Russell.
After Ron judged BBQ contests for three years, Team Top Chick began competing in 2004 largely because of oldest daughter Anna's success in the 4-H chicken-que contests. Our first contest was Lawrenceburg Tn where we took first in chicken and pork. Later we would travel as far away as Denver to compete against a great field of teams, taking first in brisket and fourth overall. We got our first Grand Championship in Gallatin Tn. Needless to say we were hooked. We ended the year by taking reserve in Douglas Ga. and the girls were featured on the Food TV special "Grill Gargantua". Because of the TV show, Anna is forever known as the little girl with the chicken hat.
In 2005 we competed in 15 events taking 2 Reserve Grand Championships, several top tens and an award we are most proud of, 8th place in points for Pork team of the year.
In 2006 and 2007 we only did a few events, still managing to get some good calls and solid finishes.
We were back and serious for 2008 with a new Fast Eddie smoker. In doing seven KCBS events we finished no worse than 16th including a Reserve Grand Championship in Athens Al.We also won a local non-sanctioned event. We ended the year again in Douglas Ga at the Best of the Best Open taking 6th overall and placing all categories in the top ten.
2009 would be a banner year for our team , competing 15 times including the prestigious American Royal, winning a Grand in Gadsden, a Reserve in Florence, three first place rib trophies, many top ten category awards and finishing in the top ten overall 10 times.
2010 began with a bang as we took a Grand Championship in our first contest in Gainesville Ga. We would go on to win another Grand Championship later in Rome Ga. making 2010 our first year to win two KCBS events . We competed in a record 17 events taking 2 first place pork awards, 1 first place brisket award, numerous top 5 and top 10 places and finishing in the top ten overall a majority of the time. We also finished 73rd out of 7053 teams that competed in 2010. We are proud to rank in the top 1% of competition BBQ teams in the nation.
2011 was an exciting year as Moore's Marinade joined Team Top Chick as a major sponsor and we had several strong finishes. In 2012, we only competed one time as our BBQ year was filled with doing promotions for a new national brand of BBQ sauce, Garland Jack and helping our good friend Diva Q film her Travel Network show "BBQ Crawl". 2013 arrived with the team shrinking to just Nancy and Ron(and some great help from friend Casey Smith). After nearly a years layoff we scored a respectable 11th place finish at the Sam's club event in Daphne Al. Then we rocked by winning Grand champion at the Prestigious Hog Wild contest in Mobile Al., beating out 58 great teams.
The win propels us to the American Royal Invitational (and Open) in Kansas City, a draw in the Jack Daniels World Championship im Lynchburg and entry in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.
Most wins in a year: Two Grand Championships!
Biggest Wins: We have won Grand Champion in Gallatin Tn., Gadsden Al., Gainesville Ga. Rome Ga.and Mobile Al. Reserve Grand Champion in Douglas Ga, Decatur Al, Aberdean Ms. Athens Al. and Florence Al. We placed 14th out of 124 teams in the prestigious American Royal Invitational in Kansas City. We finished 4th out of 107 outstanding teams at Degaque held at Talladega Motor Speedway which had a total of $50000 in total prize money. We also took 5th in chicken out of 473 teams in the American Royal open.Our most recent win, march 2013is perhaps our most prestigious, The Hog Wild BBQ Cook off in Mobile Al. winning Grand Champion over 58 teams.
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