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Winners abound Sunday in barbecue contest

NATCHEZ — Grill masters gathered on the Vidalia Riverfront this weekend to face the ultimate taste test at the Jim Bowie BBQ Throwdown, and a few teams walked away with some big money.

The event was classified as a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event, bringing big prize money and prestige to the winners.

The KCBS sports more than 15,000 members worldwide and sanctions more than 400 barbecue contests across the country.

The contest was also a Louisiana State Championship.

More than 30 teams were slated to compete.

Keith Parker of Monroe seasons a rack of ribs Saturday night outside of his RV during the Bowie Festival BBQ cook-off at the River Park RV park. Parker said he planned on putting the ribs on the grill at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

Winners included:

  • Grand champion: Bayou Boogie BBQ, $2,000
  • Reserve grand champion: Give It To God, $1,500
  • Third place: Tee Wayne’s Smokin’ Lipps


  • First place: Industrial Strength BBQ
  • Second place: Tiger-Que
  • Third place: Tee Wayne’s Smokin’ Lipps
  • Fourth place: Give It To God
  • Fifth place: Piggy D’s BBQ

Pork ribs

  • First place: Road Toad’s Smoke N’ BBQ
  • Second place: Bayou Boogie BBQ
  • Third place: Smokin’ On Da Bayou
  • Fourth place: Piggy D’s BBQ
  • Fifth place: Bank On It

Pork butt

  • First place: The Blue Bloods
  • Second place: Tee Wayne’s Smokin’ Lipps
  • Third place: Bayou Boogie BBQ
  • Fourth place: Badd Brad’s BBQ
  • Fifth place: Give It To God


  • First place: Chowhounds
  • Second place: Give It To God
  • Third place: The Blue Bloods
  • Fourth Place: Bayou Boogie BBQ
  • Fifth place: Sweet Dreams BBQ

Sauce winner: Industrial Strength BBQ

Some of Saturday’s Bowie Fest events were rained out, but the barbecue cook-off, Little Mr. and Miss Bowie Pageant and Saturday night music events occurred as scheduled.