Washington man named top barbecue cook in the state

Washington man named top barbecue cook in the state

Sampson County pig farmer Brandon Warren (second from left) presents the championship to Wesley Bowers of Washington, N.C.

RALEIGH – The Whole Hog Barbecue Series State Championship may have looked a little different this year, but it was just as competitive as ever. Twenty-four of the top whole hog barbecue cook teams traveled to Raleigh to go head-to-head for cash prizes, trophies and the title of 2021 Whole Hog Barbecue State Champion.

In the end, Wesley Bowers of Washington took home the top prize and a spot in the Whole Hog Barbecue Hall of Fame. Bowers and his Gettin’ Piggy With It cook team earned $2,000 in cash and a championship ring.

Kevin Wooten of Raleigh took second place, earning him $1,000 and a trophy. Wooten also won the sauce competition which also earned him $500.

David Grandy of Morehead City had the third-place pig, earning him $500 and a trophy. Grandy also earned $500 for having the crispiest skin.

This event was closed to the public due to COVID-19, so 797 pounds of pork was donated to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to be used in their feeding programs.

“The North Carolina Pork Council and pig farmers across the state take our mission to feed our neighbors seriously,” said Jen Kendrick, NCPC director of communications. “We are grateful for our partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and we’re excited that all the barbecue is going to help feed people in need across the region.”

Cooks qualified to compete in the championship by placing in a local, sanctioned competition. Chefs arrived on Friday afternoon to set up their cooking stations and camps. They received their whole hogs off the truck at 8 p.m. They quickly got to work prepping their pig for an entire night of cooking before judging began at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday morning.

In addition to the Culinary judging category, chefs also competed for the title of Best Sauce, Crispiest Skin, Blind Taste and People’s Choice, which was voted on by a panel of celebrity judges.

Winners are announced below:

2021 Whole Hog Barbecue Series State Championship:

1st Place: Wesley Bowers – Getting’ Piggy with It – Washington $2,000 + choice of a trophy or a championship ring

2nd Place: Kevin Wooten – Pickin’ and Grillin’ – Raleigh $1,000 + a trophy

3rd Place: David Grandy – Lazy Days BBQ – Morehead City $500 + a trophy

Wesley Bowers and the Gettin’ Piggy With It cook team receive the championship.
Brandon Warren, Sampson County pig farmer, presents second-place overall trophy to Kevin Wooten of Raleigh. Wooten also won the sauce category.
Sampson County pig farmer, Brandon Warren, presented the third place trophy to David Grandy of Morehead City. Grandy also won the Crispy Skin category.

 

Blind Taste Test:

1st Place: Chris Fineran – Beach Boys BBQ – Little River, SC $1,000 + a trophy

2nd Place: Dana Peterson – Yabotit ‘Cue – Benson $500

3rd Place (tie): Jason Baker – Baker Boys BBQ – Goldsboro and Kevin Wooten – Pickin’ and Grillin’ – Raleigh $300 each

 

Left to right: Brandon Warren, Chris Fineran – Beach Boys BBQ – Little River, SC. Tricia Harrison and Dana Peterson – Yabotit ‘Cue – Benson, Kevin Wooten – Pickin’ and Grillin’ – Raleigh and Jason Baker – Baker Boys BBQ – Goldsboro.

People’s Choice:

1st Place: DJ Stox – Bull Pen BBQ – Kenly $500 + a trophy

2nd Place: Jeffrey Parkhurst – J-3 Cooking Team – Goldsboro $300

3rd Place: Andy Harrison – Mr. Curley’s Cue Crew – Louisburg $100

Left to right: Jen Kendrick – NC Pork Council, Ron Pringle, President of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, DJ Stox – Bull Pen BBQ – Kenly; Andy Harrison – Mr. Curley’s Cue Crew – Louisburg; and Jeffrey Parkhurst – J-3 Cooking Team – Goldsboro

Sauce:

1st Place: Kevin Wooten – Pickin’ and Grillin’ – Raleigh $500 + a trophy

2nd Place: Chris Fineran – Beach Boys BBQ – Little River, SC $300

3rd Place: Dana Peterson – Yabotit ‘Cue – Benson $100

Left to right: Brandon Warren, NCPC representative, Kevin Wooten – Pickin’ and Grillin’ – Raleigh; Dana Peterson – Yabotit ‘Cue – Benson; and Chris Fineran – Beach Boys BBQ – Little River, SC . 3rd Place:

Crispy Skin:

David Grandy – Lazy Days BBQ – Morehead City $500 + a trophy

Learn more about the competition series at wholehogbarbecue.com.