Smokey Mountain Smokers from Seveirville, TN took home the Grand Champion prize at the first ever Horsin' Around Barbecue Showdown at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris on Memorial Day weekend! The Smokey Mountain team garnered 2nd place in the Chicken, Rib and Brisket categories along with a 9th place finish in the Pulled Pork competition to claim the overall prize. Crowds were good and the food was good, with plenty of family oriented entertainment available. Mountainfreak.net was there Sunday to talk to folks and eat bbq (and buy a new hat!). Parking was a breeze in a field right off Hwy. 76 with shuttle service to the The Stables where the event was being hosted.
I had a nice pulled pork plate from Benny's (pictured above) that included some of the best beans I've ever put in my mouth. Made me wish I had been there on Saturday for the $5 Tasting Tent where the public was invited to sample the creations from the competition teams. Organizers I spoke with were very happy with how things went the first year and are already looking forward to next year. The Horsin' Around Barbecue Showdown looks set to become a fixture on the competition BBQ circuit and at Brasstown Valley.