Butts N Clucks hits its stride

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 08:30 AM.

The new Battery Park gazebo provided a great stage for this year’s auction, once again emceed by quipster Chuck Spicer and silver-tongued Harry Arnold.

Hard-working Liz Sisung assembled more than 100 items for the block and when the money was counted there was over $3,600 in the till. Among the items offered were two pecan pies baked by Solomon’s mother.

Sisung said she also raised $2,000 in sponsorships.

Six teams competed in the cook-off portion of the days events. Danny Itzkovitz and family took time off from a busy schedule at Tamara’s Café and the Tapas Bar to attend. Team Retsyo was there. The Eastpoint volunteer fire department sent their esteemed cooking crew to join the fun. Competing for the first time were Bert Hicks and Ty Gillikin. Team Big Top were resplendent in neon yellow t-shirts. Last but not least, the Pogy Road Porkers captained by Joel Norred brought along an elaborate rig to support their culinary efforts.

The competition was very close, as three teams took the top honors on Saturday.

Team Restsyo took second place for both pork and chicken. Newcomers Hicks and Gillikin took third place for chicken, and first place for pork with a cumulative score of 86 points in that category. Gillikin attributed some of their success to a home-built cooker he constructed from stainless steel 14 years ago. “It maintains a temperature of about 250,” he said.

The pork that came out of Gillikin’s cooker was tender and moist with a mild smoky after taste.

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