Cook-off goes ‘Hog Wild’
The competitive barbecue cooking team Hog Wild Neighbors returned to show just who was the big hog in the pen by winning the 2013 Frank Wilson Grand Champion Trophy in this year’s Lion’s Club Barbecue Cook-off at Old Santee Canal Park.
“We took a couple years off,” said Hog Wild Captain Jack Waiboer, whose team last won the grand champion trophy in 2010.
The Grand Champion trophy is named in honor of longtime Lion’s Club member and cook-off co-founder Frank Wilson, who passed away last September.
In addition to Waiboer, team members include Tommy Clayton and Donny Clayton.
The Hog Wild Neighbors also placed first in chicken to claim the top prize.
The cook-off began Friday afternoon with entertainment provided by Customs 4 and Friends. A total of 14 cookers competed in this year’s contest, down from the 2012 competition according to Lion’s Club event coordinator Don Saturday.
“While we didn’t have as many cookers competing this year we did have a great crowd on Friday night,” Saturday said.
A total of 26 cases of Boston Butts were cooked overnight Friday with 14 cases used by the cookers.
“Mark Fulgham cooked 12 cases of Boston butts himself for resale,” Saturday said. “We couldn’t have done this without him.”
The 26 cases of pork totaled more than 1,500 pounds that rendered 670 pounds of cooked pork at the competition’s end. The extra 12 cases of pork was necessary for the heavy order of pre-sale orders for barbecue, Saturday said.
“We sell out every year and lately we’ve been selling out fast,” he said.
Queology, the barbecue cooking team of Russ Cornette and Matt Gamble, finished second.