Last weekend (March 6-7) was Sip and Swine BBQ Festival 2020, our fifth annual festival at Coolray Field! It was a great time, and we’re so glad that we were able to relax, listen to music, eat barbecue, and of course, support the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. The great thing about Sip & Swine BBQ Festival is that it’s a KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) barbecue competition, but it’s way more than that. There was live music, food and snack vendors, and craft vendors with their lovely wares.
(We were battling the wind on Friday, but Saturday was bright and sunny. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but it warmed up as the day went on. At least we had a break from all the rain we’ve been having!)
Why Sip & Swine BBQ Festival?
So, what’s the point of the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival? Why do all the professional teams, the backyard teams, the vendors, the musicians, and the attendees come to the event?
Sip & Swine BBQ Festival benefits The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, which is an amazing nonprofit. The nonprofit helps homeless children and their mothers in the Gwinnett County area by providing shelter and a safe place to stay. But they also support the mothers by helping them create customized Life Plans so they can get back on their feet and on the road to independence. They also help young women aging out of the foster system at 18. It’s a great organization, and we are so happy to be a part of something that supports them and the work they do. We really appreciate everyone who came out to the festival to support the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.
Sip & Swine BBQ Festival 2020 winners.
The Sip & Swine BBQ Festival is a fundraiser for Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. That’s the mission. However, there is also the barbecue competition aspect of the festival. We had a lot of Pro teams and Backyard teams compete to see who could cook up the best barbecue. The Pro teams competed in Chicken, Pork, Pork Ribs, and Beef Brisket. The Backyard teams competed in Chicken, Pork, and Pork Ribs. Now, the question is…who was victorious?
Here are the results!
PRO OVERALL – Angry Jack BBQ
BACKYARD OVERALL – Gardenvalley Smokers
As far as the category-by-category breakdown, check it out:
PRO PORK – Smokin’ Sweetmeats
PRO CHICKEN – B-S BBQ Outlaws
PRO PORK RIBS – iBQ’n@TheBBQSuperStore.com
PRO BEEF BRISKET – J&B’s BBQ
BACKYARD CHICKEN – Gardenvalley Smokers
BACKYARD PORK – Backyard BBQ Boys
BACKYARD PORK RIBS – Gardenvalley Smokers
*You can see a complete list of the winners, along with their scores, on the KCBS site.
Congratulations to all of the winners of Sip & Swine BBQ Festival 2020!
The People’s Choice Winners.
We also had a People’s Choice competition where people could purchase a Taster Kit with nine samples and then vote on their favorite. (The People’s Choice Competition took place on Saturday.) There were 83 teams that participated in the People’s Choice Competition.
These are the top three winners of the People’s Choice Competition!
1st Place – Chatter Box Café (#43)
2nd Place – 4 Legs Up (#74)
3rd Place – Hoggy Bottom Boys (#35)
Congratulations to the winners! And in case you were wondering, here are the rest of the Top 20:
4. Bite Me (#16)
5. Quenut (#47)
6. Pirates of Porkscents (#9)
7. Bald Hawg (#21)
8. Muttley Crew (#60)
9. Southern Q (#24)
10. Heavy Smokers (#50)
11. Pitt Crew GA (#31)
12. Q-inator (#40)
13. Pot’s (#5)
14. IBQ’N@THEBBQSUPERSTORE.COM (#8)
15. Mill Hill (#28)
16. Deep South (#3)
17. Palmetto Pittmasters (#6)
18. Stewbaby’s (#36)
19. EB’s Bar-B-Que (#75)
20. Crack-Q (#49)
A big thank you for supporting Sip & Swine BBQ Festival 2020!
We want to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to everyone who came out to the festival and participated in this fun event to support the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. We also want to say another special thank you to all of the volunteers, the vendors, the BBQ teams, and the musicians for making the event possible. And we can’t forget to thank Hendrick Automotive Group and all of the wonderful sponsors of the festival!
Basically, thank you to everyone who supported this event! We appreciate all of the support for the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, and we are eager to see how the funds raised at Sip & Swine BBQ Festival 2020 help the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter carry on with their goal of helping homeless mothers and children!