Bayshore Trailer Park wins rib cook-off

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

“If we can make $6,000 or $7,000 at a rib cook-off, we’re OK,” he said. “Our needs are more simple than most fire departments in our area. We paid off our newest truck a few months ago, and now we’re debt-free.”

While some contestants opted for sauce, many did not, opting like the Florida Seafood Festival’s Team Retsyo did, for the right blend of cayenne pepper or other spices. They took home the Best Rig or Display award.

“Low and slow cooking” was the secret for the Pogy Road Porkers, the team of former undersheriff Joel Norred and his wife Susan, who used a sweet and spicy tomato-based sauce on theirs.

The Kickin’ Ash team, which took home an Honorable Mention, was the handwork of Scott Payne and Sterling Kendrick.

For the Fan-tastic BBQ team of Michelle and Bert Hicks, and Ty Gillikin, “the secret’s in the box,” a decade old mysterious metal case, heated by charcoal and wood.

This was the first year for Team Freeport Florida, directed by Pamela and Terry Raffield, brother to the late Vince Raffield. Terry Raffield, a professional firefighter for 33 years, first with Bay County and now Freeport, seasoned his with Dale’s marinade, and some McCormick steak seasoning.

“We slow cook ‘em and keep ‘em steamed,” he said, taking a moment to thank the local organizers for their hospitality. “Everybody’s just been pleasant over here, sweet as they can be.”

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