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Riverside Blues and BBQ contest results

GREENFIELD — The grill and pit masters, two pet parrots and a beer tent have surrendered Beacon Field to its usual occupying force of young athletes, but not without their hard-cooked recognition.

The weekend’s Riverside Blues and BBQ Festival featured competitions for official grilling and barbecue honors and popular approval.

Saturday’s people’s choice competition featured chicken wings, and festival-goers paying to sample the meat selected Pan 6, the work of Rockland-based Que and a Half Men, as the best.

Sunday pulled pork was in the spotlight, and voters chose Pan 5, made by Holihan’s Beer Me B.B.Q. of Mahopac, N.Y.

Kansas City Barbeque Society judges chose Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ of Abington as overall champion in the barbecue competition, followed by Purple Pork Masters of New York City, and Meat @ Slim’s of Woburn.

In the New England Barbeque Society grilling competition, Pork Butt & Chicken Legs of Sterling took top honors overall, followed by Feeding Friendz of Deerfield, N.H., and Sweet Breathe BBQ of South Burlington, Vt.

Marlo Morgan, who cooked for Pork Butt & Chicken Legs in the grilling competition, said the recognition felt great, particularly after spending all night camped out in the cold to tend the cookers.

Alan Burke of Smokin’ Hogz said this was the team’s first time at the two-year-old competition, and they hope to return.

“It’s small, it’s intimate, the beer tent was amazing,” he said.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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