Bayshore Trailer Park wins rib cook-off

The Bayshore Porkers, led by Jackie Rex and Ira Kelly, took top prize. Photo available for purchase

The Bayshore Porkers, led by Jackie Rex and Ira Kelly, took top prize.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM.

They’re just a bunch of neighbors in a trailer park who every year compete at the Eastpoint Rib Cook-off, but don’t ever win.

Except for last Saturday, when the Bayshore Porkers, the crew from the Bayshore Trailer Park, savored their first victory.

The crew, led by Jackie Rex and Ira Kelly, used a slow smoked style on their three slabs of ribs, shunning sauce and instead relying on a homemade dry rub to finish off the flavor.

Rex and Kelly, a part-time resident from Americus, Ga., were all smiles as they took home the trophy on behalf of a cooking team that also featured Jeff and Cheryl Allison, Donna Kelly and Eric Ammons. The team also raised more than $300 for the cause, second among the teams.

Finishing second in the cook-off was Joshua Pruett’s JP Punk team, which also relied on a dry rub, made from Old South rib rub, but added a light glaze of a combination of sauces.

Taking home third place was the Big Top team, whose booth also raised nearly $1,600 by itself to lead all 10 contestants.

Fire Chief George Pruett said Saturday’s 13th annual charity cook-off should gross more than $10,000 for the fire department, which will net several thousand dollars.

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