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Temecula State BBQ Championship

An A-MAZING Contest!!

All photos courtesy of CBBQA


Temecula State BBQ Championship 1st place chicken with 180 points and Grand Champion;
Big Poppa Smokers

The First Annual Temecula State BBQ Championship was held the weekend of October 12 at the Big Horse


Temecula State BBQ Championship 1st place ribs with 180 points; 7-8-9 BBQ

Feed & Mercantile in Temecula, CA. Forty Six teams competed in this family-friendly event which featured games, bounce houses, and one of the biggest corn mazes in the nation. Over 11 acres and 7 feet tall the maze attracts visitors from throughout the country. Attendees were able sample award winning BBQ vended by the teams competing for $8,000 in prize money.

Promoter Steve Bender and organizer Robert Stouffer combined their expertise to bring this event to fruition. Easier than it sounds as Steve was called off to Japan on Rotary Club business and Robert was juggling his deployment for Operation BBQ Relief. “I arrived two days prior to the contest date after eight days of deployment in Wilmington, North Carolina assisting residents still suffering from Hurricane Florence. Then the day after the contest, I hopped a plane to Panama City, Florida to help the victims of Hurricane Michael, said Robert”. At the contest Robert passed the hat to collect donations for OBR. The teams contributed $200.00 and the judges stepped up with a $700.00 donation. Not to worry. The teams were in good hands as KCBS reps


Temecula State BBQ Championship Reserve Grand Champion; Toot & Stinky’s Cali-Q

Steve and Mary Alice Alvarez along with reps in training John and Connie Amidei saw to it that the contest went off without a hitch.


Temecula State BBQ Championship
1st place brisket; Smoked Seduction

Teams were treated to a breakfast of scrambled eggs and Swaggerty Sausage served up by co-organizer, Paul Richardson.

Grand Champion Big Poppa Smokers took home a check along with a 180 pin for his first place chicken. The team’s name will be placed on a perpetual trophy to be showcased in the Big Horse Feed & Mercantile. 7-8-9 BBQ placed first in ribs with yet another 180. Meat Candy Q took a first in pork. Smoked Seduction placed first in brisket. They received an extra $1,500 and a drum.






Robert Stouffer (left) working with Operation BBQ Relief in Panama City, FL. OBR serves 25,00 to 30,000 meals a day at a disaster. Over 217,000 meals have been served in Tallahassee and Panama City. OBR has served over
2.3 million meals in disaster areas since 2011.

Robert Stouffer is a man who gets things done. He doesn’t just talk about it. He goes out and finds solutions. Having served for 27 years fighting wild fires in California he’s ready to continue working and contributing. “I believe the best way I can do that is to be on the KCBS Board of Directors,” said Robert. ” I have the insight to listen to the members and voice their concerns.” Robert has already proven himself capable of making a difference. He has organized numerous contests in California at a time when contests are dwindling. He has put himself on the front lines of major disasters throughout the country with Operation BBQ Relief. “I understand the responsibilities of being a team and I have the skills to succeed.”

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