Iowa’s Ryan Newstrom Wins Pork Checkoff’s 22nd Annual Great Pork BarbeQlossal

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 – Ryan Newstrom of the Big T’z Q Cru from Ames, Iowa, earned Grand Champion honors June 6 in the Pork Checkoff’s 22nd annual Great Pork BarbeQlossal™ contest. Newstrom was awarded cash and prizes including the grand prize of $8,000.

Randy Twyford of Twyford’s BBQ & Catering from Jacksonville, Ill., earned Champion honors of the Whole Hog category which garnered $2,500 for the top the prize.

“The Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest shows pork’s versatility,” said Brad Greenway, a pork producer from Mitchell, S.D.  “This is another way to reinforce to consumers that pork can be a healthy, versatile product.”

The grand champion cooked in the three categories -loin, ribs and shoulder. The 2009 grand champion team placed third in the shoulder category and fifth place in the loin category.

Fifty-nine teams from 11 states competed in the annual pork barbecue contest held at the conclusion of the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Of those, 18 were competing in the Great Pork BarbeQlossal for the first time. Teams competed in one or more of the four categories. Monetary prizes in the Great Pork BarbeQlossal are awarded for first through tenth places in each category, as well as the top four overall scores.

Reserve Grand Champion honors and $3,000 went to Todd Johns and Randy Hinck of Pork Pullin’ Plowboys from Blue Springs, Mo. The team placed fifth in the shoulder category and seventh in the loin category.

Each year, the top score from a single state also is honored. Special recognition was awarded to the top team from South Dakota – Jack Sieben of Rollin Smoke BBQ Team from Mission Hill, S.D.

Teams that were not recognized as a top-10 winner had an opportunity to win a Horizon smoker, donated by TNT Landscaping and Horizon.  Terry Harder of Harder Beer BBQ from New Vienna, Iowa, was awarded the smoker.

Back by popular demand was the Big Green Egg® Scramble. Five teams were selected to participate in the Big Green Egg Scramble. The teams were provided a basket of pork, which included a new pork cut, the pocket roast. They prepared their pork on a Big Green Egg grill for a chance to walk away as Big Green Egg Scramble champion. Todd Johns of Pork Pullin’ Plowboys from Blue Springs, Mo., received a Big Green Egg grill as the grand prize winner.

This annual contest highlighted barbecue techniques from across America.  The Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and follows its rules and regulations.  Sponsors for the Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest included the Pork Checkoff, Cargill Meat Solutions, John Boos Company, W&G Marketing, Big Green Egg®, Electronic Engineering, Iowa Beverage, Pepsi America, Dibs ice cream, the Iowa Machine Shed, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Hy-Vee, Hormel Foods and Cookies Food Products.

 

Note to media:  A complete list of winners follows. Pork producers are available to interview about this story. To arrange for an interview, please contact Cindy Cunningham, assistant vice president of communications at the National Pork Board, at (515) 223-2600.

Results of 2009 Great Pork BarbeQlossal

Whole Hog
1st Place – $2,500 Randy Twyford, Twyford’s BBQ & Catering – Jacksonville, Ill.
2nd Place – $1500 Jack Sieben, Rollin’ Smoke BBQ – Mission Hill, S.D.
3rd Place – $1000 Todd Johns & Randy Hinck, Pork Pullin’ Plowboys – Blue Springs, Mo.
4th Place  – $800 Karen Putnam, Flower of the Flames – Kansas City, Mo.
5th Place – $500 Bob & Don Denner, Boondoggle BBQ – Lees Summit, Mo.
6th Place – $215 Fred Horstman, 4 Mile Smokin’ Crew – Pleasant Hill, Iowa
7th Place – $215 Stephanie Wilson, The Slabs.com – Kansas City, Mo.
8th Place  – $215 Jay & Ray Ringgenberg, Smokehouse 72 – Colo, Iowa
9th Place – $215 Steve Wasson, Woody’s Smoke Shack – Des Moines, Iowa
10th Place – $215 Nate Montover, Holy & Oly’s – Calamus, Iowa

Ribs

1st Place – $1,000 Mike Beauchamp, Grumpy Old Farts – Des Moines, Iowa
2nd Place – $800 Randy Twyford, Twyford BBQ & Catering – Jacksonville, Ill.
3rd Place – $600 Stephanie Wilson, The Slabs.com – Kansas City, Mo.
4th Place – $500 Rod Gray, Pellet Envy – Leawood, Kan.
5th Place – $350 Mark Grieco, Four Men & A Pig – Olathe, KS
6th Place – $125 Todd Woodsmall, Urban Q Boys – Johnston, Iowa
7th Place – $125 Rooster Roberts, Florida Skin & Bones – Tarpon Springs, Fla.
8th Place – $125 Dob & Don Denner, Boondoggle BBQ – Lees Summit, Mo.
9th Place – $125 Karen Putnam, Flower of the Flames – Kansas City, Mo.
10th Place – $125 Jason & Erica Hering, Feeding Frenzy BBQ – Perkins, Okla.

Shoulder Category
1st Place – $1,000 Joe Rosenberg, Farm Boy BBQ – St. Ansgar, Iowa
2nd Place – $800 Mike Lake, Rock River BBQ – Shannon, Ill.
3rd Place – $600 Ryan Newstrom, Big T’z Q Cru – Ames, Iowa
4th Place – $500 Fred Horstman, 4 Mile Smokin’ Crew – Pleasant Hill, Iowa
5th Place – $350 Todd Johns & Randy Hinck, Pork Pullin’ Plowboys – Blue Springs, Mo.
6th Place – $125 Joe Morgan, Tick Ridge Smokers – Hedrick, Iowa
7th Place – $125 Doug Casten, Smokers Purgatory – Johnston, Iowa
8th Place – $125 Jack Sieben, Rollin’ Smoke BBQ Team – Mission Hill, S.D.
9th Place – $125 Don Will, Smoker’s Wild – Paola, Kan.
10th Place – $125 Ray Carlson, Big Bubba’s Roadhouse – Coon Rapids, Minn.

Loin Category
1st Place – $1,000 Shad Kirton, A Boy & His BBQ – Grimes, Iowa
2nd Place – $800 Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers – Alvaredo, Texas
3rd Place – $600 Greg Anthony, Ribs 4 U – Paola, Kan.
4th Place – $500 Jim Woodsmall, Jumpin Jim’s BBQ – Johnston, Iowa
5th Place – $350 Ryan Newstrom, Big T’z Q Cru – Ames, Iowa
6th Place – $125 Randy Twyford, Twyford’s BBQ – Jacksonville, Ill.
7th Place – $125 Todd Johns & Randy Hinck, Pork Pullin’ Plowboys – Blue Springs, Mo.
8th Place – $125 Darren Warth, Iowa’s Smokey D’s – Des Moines, Iowa
9th Place – $125 Bob & Don Denner, Boondoggle BBQ – Lees Summit, Mo.
10th Place – $125 Stephanie Wilson, The Slabs.com – Kansas City, Mo.

Top 4 overall scores

4th Place – $2,000Shad Kirton, A Boy & His BBQ – Grimes, Iowa

Reserve Champion – $2,500 Greg Anthony, Ribs 4 U – Paola, Kan.

Reserve Grand Champion – $3,000 Todd Johns & Randy Hinck, Pork Pullin’ Plowboys – Blue Springs, Mo.

Grand Champion – $8,000 Ryan Newstrom, Big T’z Q Cru – Ames, Iowa


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