Eastern Florida State Foundation Awards Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Grand Prize to ‘Smoke Meat Every Day’
By Space Coast Daily // February 20, 2023
EVENT RAISED MORE THAN $140,000 FOR EASTERN FLORIDA STATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA— The EFSC Foundation’s 7th Annual Backyard BBQ Cook-Off and Family Fest held Saturday raised more than $140,000 for Eastern Florida State College student scholarships.
The event took place on the Eastern Florida State College Melbourne campus and featured BBQ samples, live music, children’s activities, vendors, and the Red, White, and Wheels car show, a fundraising co-event organized by the Collegiate Veterans Society to benefit student veterans who attend EFSC.
The Grand Champion was Smoke Meat Every Day, who took home the $1,500 cash prize.
Approximately 1,500 people bought $10 tickets to attend the outdoor BBQ, with the proceeds increased thanks to the generosity of the numerous event sponsors, which included Grand Champion Sponsor Community Credit Union; Signature Sponsor Glover, Orndorf & Flanagan Wealth Management; Presenting Sponsor AMKO; Pitmaster Sponsor & Fencing Ajax; Red, White & Wheels Sponsors Mel and Linda Mills and HKS Architects, Inc.; and Titan Sponsors The Viera Company, W+J Construction Group, Carroll Distributing, Health First, Wharton Smith and MH Williams.
“The weather cooperated for a beautiful, fun event,” said Tonya Cherry, EFSC Foundation Executive Director.
“We appreciate all the sponsors, BBQ cook-off teams, volunteers, and attendees who showed up in a big way to support student scholarships. This event has grown every year, and we can’t wait to do it again in 2024, so start planning your cook-off team now.”
Congratulations to the 2023 winning BBQ Cook-Off teams, which took home bragging rights and cash prizes that ranged from $100 to $1,500 for the Grand Champion.
The coveted Corporate Challenge Golden Pig was won by Lightholder Inc., which knocked off the Viera Company’s team that was aiming to win number four in a row.
Grand Champion: Smoke Meat Every Day
Corporate Challenge People’s Choice: Lightholder Inc.
Backyard Team People’s Choice (Sponsored by Wharton-Smith Inc.): Appliance Warehouse
■ 1st Place Pork: Appliance Warehouse
■ 2nd Place Pork: Duece and a Quarter
■ 3rd Place Pork: Fantasy Q
■ 1st Place Ribs: Tricky Pig
■ 2nd Place Ribs: Hold My Rub
■ 3rd Place Ribs: Fantasy Q
■ 1st Place Brisket: Fantasy Q
■ 2nd Place Brisket: Appliance Warehouse
■ 3rd Place Brisket: Lightholder Inc.
Congratulations to those honored in the Red, White, and Wheels Car Show:
1989 Models and older:
■ 1st place Kevin Montigue
■ 2nd place John Moore
■ 3rd Place Peter Hill
1990 Models and newer
■ 1st place Bob Livingston
■ 2nd place Joe Matkowski
■ 3rd place Brian Bamba
President’s Choice: Robert Parks
Spectator’s Choice: Donald Beers
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