2014 Brews & BBQ

For the fifth year in a row Matt and his friends competed in the annual Brews & BBQ competition in Uptown Charlotte all weekend. We had gorgeous weather, delicious food, good music, interesting people-watching, fun friends and a very happy baby. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

 The competition officially kicked off early Friday morning and the guys spent the day smoking ribs and Boston
Butts, playing corn hole, drinking beer and hanging out. And just to make things a bit more official this year, Ryan designed t-shirts for their team.

 Later that day
Lindsey, Caroline and I joined the party…

and took lots of pictures of course!

Lindsey, Laura and I cheering on our hubbys {and Caroline cheering on her daddy}!

Around Caroline’s bedtime Lindsey and I wished the guys luck and headed home. This year the guys got smart and brought cots, air mattresses and sleeping bags in hopes of getting some sleep in the middle of the street.

The next morning we got there as the judges were
arriving to the tent to sample the BBQ! Matt gave the presentation to
the judges and we conveniently placed a cute baby nearby in hopes that
it would enhance their scores – ha!

The aforementioned cute baby.

Throughout the day we had lots of friends stop by the tent with their adorable minis. How cute is Katrina’s 7 week old little man, Callahan? And yes, Caroline is 3 months older than him and weighs exactly the same. 

A little bit later April, Ian and Camille came by! It’s been weeks since we’ve been able to get these baby girls together to play so
when Camille showed up Caroline went crazy! She wouldn’t stop reaching
for Camille, smiling and holding her hand. It was absolutely precious.

Around 6:30 pm the judges announced the final results. Sadly, Matt’s team didn’t have the same luck as they did last year when they took home 3rd place in ribs. This year restaurants were allowed to participate so it was kind of impossible to go up against Macs BBQ and some of the other great places in town. Regardless, the guys had a ton of fun and that’s all that really mattered. It was another great year of BBQ-festing!




  1. Meg ~ Chasing Pink Fireflies
    October 20, 2014 / 11:51 am

    I'm glad that they had so much fun and that the weather was perfect but I don't think it's fair at all to let restaurants compete, or at least within the same categories! You and Lindsey look like sisters in those top pictures!

  2. Rachel
    October 20, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    We were in town on Saturday and everything smelled and looked delicious! I wish we had time to try everything!

  3. Sara Elizabeth
    October 20, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    I love that they had so much fun!! I bet it was TASTY!! They should totally have an amateur division though!! Caroline, as always, is so cute a and looks SO happy!!

  4. Nichole @ casadecrews.com
    October 20, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    This seriously looks like such a fun time! I love BBQ, but leave that up to the mister or a restaraunt for the good stuff, though we just bought our first home this summer, and now my husband wants a smoker…I see many backyard BBQs in our future. Cheers to 3rd place, that is still awesome!

  5. Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes}
    October 20, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    What a fun weekend! That BBQ looks amazing and Caroline is SO cute! She's getting so big!!<3, Pamelasequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

  6. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    October 20, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Is it weird I've been looking forward to this recap knowing y'all had so much fun!? Lol! Sounds & looks like everyone had a great time… & a the babies!! How precious!!

  7. Bekah Walsh
    October 20, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    so much cute baby-ness!

  8. Maran (HeyHawleywood)
    October 20, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    the weekend looked so fun and I am dying over all these baby pictures. So stinking cute!!!!!

  9. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    October 20, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Loving all the baby pictures, Caroline's little grin is the cutest thing ever! And you look amazing!! That's such a bummer that restaurants are allowed to participate, I'm sure your hubby's BBQ was delish though!

  10. Pamela
    October 20, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    You look so good!! Caroline is such a happy little baby! The BBQ looks good!!

  11. BLovedBoston
    October 20, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    Sounds like such a fun day!! You look absolutely gorgeous and those pictures of Caroline smiling and making faces – too cute!!

  12. Hanging with the Hirsts
    October 20, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    That weekend looks like so much fun!! Caroline is absolutely adorable! Your outfits are cute too!

  13. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    October 20, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    They sleep in the street overnight?! How cute are all those babes x

  14. April of A. Liz Adventures
    October 20, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    We loved seeing you guys Saturday and getting these babes together again is a MUST!

  15. Kristen [Playground Prepster]
    October 20, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Love the cute baby shot!! Caroline is adorable! I agree it's totally not fair to let restaurants compete against everyone else!

  16. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    October 20, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    Sounds so fun and love that C and C are besties. 🙂

  17. Kristen {Miss Southern}
    October 20, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I LOVE your booties, where did you get them?!?

    • William and Caitlin
      October 22, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      Yes, please tell us where you got those booties!!

  18. rox
    October 21, 2014 / 1:09 am

    I LOVE how Caroline smiles so much! Such a happy girl!

  19. Ashley {Word on the Streets}
    October 21, 2014 / 2:59 am

    Caroline is such a cutie pie! What a fun weekend! 🙂

  20. Melissa Fitch
    October 22, 2014 / 1:04 am

    How fun!! Looks like a blast!

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