Brews & Barbeque Contest

Last weekend my sister and her husband came into town for the annual Brews & Barbeque competition. For the past 4 years Matt and his friends have entered into this competition and have a great time. There are 75 teams in the contest and the goal for Matt’s team was to place in the top 50.

Friday morning Matt and Ryan left the house around 7:30 am to start setting up their tent and smokers. Meanwhile, Lindsey and I decided to sleep in, grab breakfast and relax a little bit before meeting the boys Uptown.

The weather was so wonderful. We had so much fun walking around the festival and snacking on plates of fries and BBQ from the street vendors.

{Boston Butts & Ribs}

 Laura and her hubs also hung out with us all weekend – so much fun!

The boys had to stay up all night to man the smokers. The next morning we came back to meet the boys for the competition day!

{the official BBQ team}

 {the 3 sauces they submitted to the judges}

 {the ribs}

 {the Matt’s submitting the ribs to the judges}

 These ribs were hands down the best I’ve ever had. One of the guys made a chipotle blueberry sauce, Matt made the rub, and they smoked the ribs for a little over 4 hours. Everyone who came by the tent and sampled the ribs agreed they were award winning…

And apparently the judges thought so too because the boys made the top 3 finalists {out of 75 teams}! Later the judges came back by the tent to hear more about the ribs and taste them once more. The only problem? The ribs were so good that they were ALL gone! The boys didn’t think for a second they would ever place so all they had for the judges were a few little scraps. Oops! Now they know for next year!

 All of the guys were so nervous once the finalist judges arrived that Matt was nominated to speak on behalf of the group. He explained the whole process and gave them once last sample.

Although it wasn’t their best sample they had on hand, they somehow managed to secure 3rd place at the awards ceremony that night!

There was lots of celebrating and even a few tears shed. You better believe they will be using their recipe again next year {and making sure they have enough ribs leftover for the judging}! So proud of our boys!

After several meals of BBQ in a row and 36 hours of no sleep for the boys, we decided to have a low key night with pizza, our favorite snack {cream cheese & chives with pretzels} and football. It was a successful weekend!




  1. Jillian Manesh
    October 22, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    mmmmm bbq is the best! looks like a great way to spend the weekend xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  2. Megan
    October 22, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    This post is mouthwatering! I miss good BBQ!

  3. Dee Stephens
    October 22, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Yay! Congrats to them! My co-worker and his brothers are in the competition most years. They are part of the professionals though! They're from Memphis and are the real deal!

  4. Arielle
    October 22, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    fun! haha that is hilarious about them running out! good job, guys on third!!! 🙂

  5. The Reedy Review
    October 22, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    Those ribs look amazing, and look at you being such a carnivore! Congratulations to Matt and his crew in the 3rd place win.

  6. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    October 22, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    YAY BOYS! Such a fun weekend!!! I definitely laughed out loud when I saw the pic of the judges faces – they look SO pissed that they didn't get to enjoy those amazing ribs! hahah! Thanks so much for having us!! xoxo

  7. Shayna Yancey
    October 22, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    How stinking fun!!! This looks like such a blast & my mouth is watering over those ribs!! Congratulations to Matt & the rest of the team!!!

  8. Pamela
    October 22, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Oh how fun!!! Will def have to try & check this out next year!

  9. Dawn
    October 22, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Somehow I end up out of town every year for this weekend… one day! Congrats to Matt and his team!!

  10. Rebecca Jo
    October 22, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    Being a vegetarian, some of these pictures made me dizzy…congrats to Matt though

  11. Caitlin
    October 22, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    Oh my, those ribs look so yummy. I think my husband and I may need to make a weekend trip for this next year!

  12. Ashley @ Words About Waverly
    October 22, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    SO fun, those look delish!

  13. Lobster Meets Peach
    October 22, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Congratulations to the guys!!! You must been so proud! Can't wait to hear how they do next year;)

  14. Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart
    October 22, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    3rd place is awesome and you ate more BBQ! Little baby is gonna be a BBQ lover!

  15. Sarah Elizabeth
    October 22, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Everything looks so yummy and that is so awesome that they got 3rd place!! Yay!

  16. Nicole {Appalachian Charm}
    October 22, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Wow that is great, good for them! That blueberry sauce sounds divine by the way. The picture of the judges is too funny, especially the lady on the far left trying not to laugh haha!

  17. K and Q
    October 22, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Everything looks yummy! Where is your shirt from in the first picture? I love it!

  18. Christina Mayo
    October 22, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    I've been reading your blog for quite some time and think that you are the cutest! My name is also Christina and my husband's name is Matt with our last initial also being M, haha. We were in Charlotte this weekend and stopped by the BBQ festival. Should have found your tent!

  19. Ashley
    October 22, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Those ribs looked great! Chipotle blueberry sauce sounds interesting but good!

  20. Nat
    October 22, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Congrats to the guys!! My husband would die over those ribs they sound right up his alley. I love pretzels and cream cheese for a snack!

  21. Peach State of Mind
    October 22, 2013 / 11:42 pm

    This looks like so much fun!Congrats to the guys for their awesome finish!When things are unexpected, they always seem way better!

  22. She's Southern
    October 22, 2013 / 11:58 pm

    looks fantastic!! Congrats guys!

  23. Lesa Walker
    October 23, 2013 / 12:13 am

    In college, my go-to snack were pretzels and a jar of vanilla frosting. However, I am going to try your cream cheese with chive and onion. Thank you for the recommendation and I'm sure cream cheese is a tad bit healthier than a jar of frosting!

  24. Fash Boulevard
    October 23, 2013 / 9:01 am

    you seriously could not be any cuter. Looks like a blast. Adore this post, love. If you get a free moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. 🙂

  25. Laura McCallum
    October 23, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Haha, my dad would have loved this. You just don't get ribs challenges in Scotland .. Boo hoo hoo 🙁 Great post, loved looking at the pictures Laura xx

  26. Kimberly
    October 27, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    That's awesome that they made 3rd place! The blueberry sauce sounds amazing! And your outfits are always so stinkin' cute!

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