Sweet smell of smoke and sauce mark 2014 ‘Battle of the Brisket’ in Mission

Ribs

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
TrueBud BBQ finished second overall in the standings.
TrueBud BBQ finished second overall in the standings.
Merriam's Social Smokers finished third in the brisket competition and 25th overall.
Merriam’s Social Smokers finished third in the brisket competition and sixth overall.
The Butt Bros.
The Butt Bros…
...and their ribs.
…and their ribs.
Open Roadkill BBQ prepares its brisket entry.
Open Roadkill BBQ prepares its brisket entry.
Noah Hall turns in his chicken entry to the judges table.
Noah Hall turns in his chicken entry to the judges table.