Sip & Swine 2018: Our best barbecue festival yet!

This was the third annual Sip & Swine barbecue festival.

This past weekend, March 2 – 3, was the third annual Sip & Swine BBQ Festival at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Sip & Swine is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned BBQ competition and festival. The event was a lot of fun – there was a delicious barbecue, live music, and vendors selling all manner of wares.

But the best part is that Sip & Swine is a fundraiser for The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a local nonprofit. The goal of the organization is to help homeless children and their young mothers by providing a safe, nurturing home and life skills training. The moms work with the staff to create an individualized life plan so that they can gain independence and get back on their feet. The nonprofit also helps young women who age out of the foster system when they’re 18. Home of Hope @ GCS has touched many lives, and we’re so pleased to support them by being a part of Sip & Swine. (All the profits from the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival go to the nonprofit.) You can find out more about the nonprofit at the Home of Hope @ GCS website.

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend for the outdoor barbecue festival – thankfully the rain that we’ve been having lately took a break! We basked in warm sunlight under a bright blue sky. Tons of people came out; attendance this year was between 10,000 and 12,000 people over the course of the two days. That’s the best turnout we’ve had in the three years we’ve done Sip & Swine. We’re very thankful to all who came out to support Home of Hope @ GCS – and all who partook of the fantastic barbecue!

The Sip & Swine barbecue festival featured delicious food.

From the live music to the lemonade and funnel cakes to the wares from the vendors, there was something at the festival for everyone, even those who aren’t barbecue lovers. But of course, a barbecue festival wouldn’t be complete without the friendly competition – the goals of Sip & Swine are to fundraise and find the best BBQ out there! Both professional and amateur teams competed to see who could create the best barbecue. There were three different categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, and Pork (though the Pro teams competed in all of those categories plus Beef Brisket.) By the end of the competition, the judges had crowned the victors.

And the winners are…

  • Grand Champion: The Pit Crew GA
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Who Cares BBQ
  • Backyard Overall: Bite Me BBQ
  • Anything But Overall: Extra Mile BBQ
  • Dessert Overall: Nice Rack BBQ

*View a full list of the scores and victors on the KCBS website.

Aside from the official judges, there was also a People’s Choice competition, where the event attendees could purchase a Taster Kit of samples and vote on which one they felt deserved to win. (Those were available Saturday afternoon.)

Here are the victors of the People’s Choice Competition, with the cup number from the Taster Kit included…

  • First place went to … E.T.’s BBQ (Cup #19)
  • Second place went to … FYC BBQ (Cup #50)
  • And there was a three-way tie for third place between … Roast Beast BBQ (Cup #13), Slow Smokin’ BBQ (Cup #7), and Sweet Smoke BBQ (Cup #11)

Congratulations to all this year’s victors and a big thank you to all of the teams who came out to compete in this year’s Sip & Swine! (These aren’t the only winners, however – the winner of the Primo Grill giveaway was James Amatriain.)

Sip & Swine barbecue festival raises money for Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

We’re so thrilled that the barbecue festival was such a success in raising money for a great organization. Again, we want to say thank you to everyone who came out to support this great cause!

2018 PEOPLE’S CHOICE TEAM NUMBERS

Did you vote in the Sip & Swine People’s Choice Contest on Saturday? If so, check the numbers below to find out which team cooked your favorite BBQ.

1. East Coast
2. Cabin Creek
3. Big D’s
4. Who Cares
5. Maximus Porkamus
6. Midnight Burn
7. Slow Smokin’
8. Jarvis Bros
9. Bald Hawg
10. Waylon’s Wickedly Good Q
11. Sweet Smoke
12. Runway Smoke
13. Roast Beast
14. Geaux 2
15. Bareknuckles
16.Bacon’s Classy
17. Brewbeque
18. Creekside Smokers
19. E.T.’s
20. Swinal Tap
21. Mill Hill BBQ Company
22. Beachin’ Good
23. Iron Pig
24. Foggy Bottom
25. Grease Fire
26. Smokin’ Aces
27. Bite Me
28. Smart Ash
29. Butt Naked
30. EB’s
32. River Road Grillbillies
34. Porkaholics
35. Wicked Que
36. Wanna Be A Pitmaster
37. Three Little Bullets
38. Swigging Pig
39. Smoke Me Silly
40. Pig On Fire
41. Grand Slam
42. Smokey Boys Grilling
43. Mikes Mountain
44. Nice Rack
45. Stoked & Smoked
46. Speaks for Itself
47. Smokin Suwanee Sweetmeats
49. Hog Mountain
50. FYC
51. Bird Dawg
52. Uncle Bud’s
53. Crimson Q
54. Brother-In-Law
55. George’s Rib Shack
56. Baldy’s Butts
57. Smokin R/T
58. Stank Butt
59. Smoke Slingers
60. The Pit Crew GA
61. House of Smoke
62. Way 2 Que
63. Franksly
64. Southbound
65. The Smokin Grill
66. Chuck T’s Smoke Show
67. Tuff Dawg Grillers

Read more about this weekend’s Sip & Swine in the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Photo credit: Cory Hancock

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