The parking lot behind Mission’s Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center became ground zero in the battle for brisket bragging rights this weekend.
A total of 46 teams participated in the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s eleventh annual Battle of the Brisket as part of the Mission Arts & Eats festival. The KCBS-sanctioned event has served as a state championship contest for eight years now. Each team in the contest had to submit entries in four categories: beef brisket, chicken, pork and pork ribs. Judges awarded a total of $6,000 in prize money.
The Brew ’N’ Bar-B-Que team took top honors, winning the Grand Champion title and $1,500 in prize money. Truebud BBQ came in second as the Reserve Grand Chamipions, and won $1,000.
The category winners were:
- Chicken: Dodge City Smokers
- Pork Ribs: Nickle Boys BBQ
- Pork: Truebud BBQ
- Brisket: Hungover and Hard Up BBQ