BBQ bash fills area hotels -- winners named

Hotels in the area were packed for the second annual Bayou BBQ Bash Saturday as many of the competitors and visitors to the bash brought their families to Morgan City, St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce President Donna Meyer said.

Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi mentioned to Meyer that he would like to see the space under the U.S. 90 Bridge concreted all the way to Front Street so the event could have room for even more cooks in the future, Meyer said.

The number of visitors to the event probably doubled compared to 2012, Meyer said.

Meyer wished the event could have served more food, she said, but noted that the event is still new, and it is difficult to gauge how much food to prepare. Next year, the chamber wants to help make the event the best it can be, Meyer said. The bash did not host a car show as it had at the inaugural bash because there wasn’t enough room for it with the number of vendors that attended.

However, the car show may return next year if there is more concreted area to host it, Meyer said.

Lisa Patterson, marketing manager for Maison Jardin, who was in charge of the arts and crafts show, said most of the vendors were able to sell much of their merchandise. The number of vendors increased from 45 vendors in 2012 to 74 vendors this year, though 85 vendors originally signed up to attend this year, Patterson said.

The vendors who did not sell as much were mainly the ones that had the same products as several other vendors, Patterson said. Next year, she may limit the number of vendors selling the same items to two or three per item so all the vendors are able to sell a lot, Patterson said. Overall, Patterson was “very pleased” with how the show turned out.

Many people, groups, and organizations helped make the entire bash possible, Meyer said. The trophies for the bash were made and donated by Hamacher Woodworks and Engraving, Hanko’s Metal Works, and Elite Trophies and Specialties, Meyer said.

“I do want to give a big thanks to anyone and everyone that participated in any way,” Meyer said.

2nd Annual Bayou BBQ Bash

Grand Champion: first place, T-Wayne Abshire, T-Wayne’s Cajun Cooking

Reserve Grand Champion: second place, Dennis May, Smokin in the Dark

Brisket — first, Rhonda Titus, Me, My Chicken & I; second, Danny Christian, Southern Exposure; third, May, Smokin in the Dark; fourth, Adam Gautreau, Deep South Smokin Que; fifth, Jason White, BBQ’n White; sixth, Abshire, T-Wayne’s Cajun Cooking; seventh, Corey LeBoeuf, Sub Surface Tools; eighth, Edwin Manatos, Smokin Coonassas; ninth, Jim Holland, Pork-N-Bones; and 10th, Clint Guillory, Carniverous Endeavors.

Ribs — first, Barry Smith, Bayou Boogies BBQ; second, Abshire, T-Wayne’s Cajun Cooking; third, Brian Lipps, Smokin Lipps; fourth, May, Smokin in the Dark; fifth, Guillory, Carniverous Endeavors; sixth, R. Quebedeaux, Boudin Man & Hard Rock; seventh, Scott Williams, Teche Regional Medical Center; eighth, Holland, Pork-N-Bones; ninth, Craig Smith, Hot Ash Cookers; and 10th, White, BBQ’n White.

Chicken — first, Guillory, Carniverous Endeavors; second, Abshire, T-Wayne’s Cajun Cooking; third, White, BBQ’n White; fourth, May, Smokin in the Dark; fifth, Christian, Southern Exposure; sixth, Cody Delaney, CD’s Cooking; seventh, Gautreau, Deep South Smokin Que; eighth, Williams, Teche Regional Medical Center; ninth, Brandon Cormier, C’est Fou Cajun Cookers; and 10th, Smith, Bayou Boogie BBQ.

Kids 12 & under Pork Chop — first, Matthew Abshire; second, Caleb Williams; and third, Matthew Bourgeois.

Kids 13 to 15 Leg Quarter — first, Mary Abshire; second, Peyton Manatos; and third, Cody McCullough.

Sauce — first, Billy Waguespack; second, Vicki May; third, Al Pennison; fourth, Cody Delaney; and fifth, Sarah Elliot.

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