ALBUQUERQUE, NM, May 14, 2012 – Who’s Smokin’ Nowbested a field of 30 teams to win the first of four regional events in the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour, held in conjunction with the Kansas City Barbeque Society. As regional grand champion, Who’s Smokin’ Now will be joined at the national competition by reserve grand champion Grills Gone Wild. The national championship will be held at the Sam's Club Home Office in Bentonville, Ark., on Oct. 13, 2012.
Who’s Smokin’ Now, from Benning, CA, advanced from the local event in San Diego. As winning teams continue to pass through the remaining local and four regional events, they increase their chances of taking home more of the overall grand prize money, totaling more than $500,000, and the largest barbecue prize package in history.
Raymond Porter and Lamar Ware of Who’s Smokin’ Now, are new to the barbecue game and just starting their second year on the barbecue contest circuit. “This has been such an interesting year, as we just completed our 25th competition,” Ware said. “Overall the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour regional contest brought a tough field and it was a thrill to be able to land on top. The winnings will help us invest in a larger, extreme barbecue trailer,” he added.
Grilling expert and author Troy Black was on hand to greet thousands of fans during the regional contest at the Sam’s Club in Albuquerque. “We saw some tough competition in all the events Saturday, and between chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket, it was a tight race to the overall regional champ,” Black said. “The festive environment provided by Sam’s Club associates and members added the smoke to the sizzle,” he added.
“Being part of this exciting competition gives us the opportunity to share barbecue tips so anyone can become an expert griller," said Louis Ibarra, manager at the Albuquerque Sam's Club. "Whether you are grilling ribs, steaks, chicken or fresh vegetables, Sam’s Club has everything you need to make simple and delicious grilled meals any day of the week."
The remaining four regional events will take place in Rockford, Illinois on August, 4; Chesapeake, Virginia on Sept. 15; Hendersonville, Tennessee on Sept. 22; and St. Charles, Missouri on Sept. 29. Winners from the five regional events will meet on Oct. 13, at the Sam's Club Home Office in Bentonville, Ark., for the national championship. A complete list of winners from Region 1 is available at Kansas City Barbeque Society’s “2012 Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour” site.
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