Peggy Linberg of Upland wins Best Chili Contest, Lakewood’s Rab Smith takes top BBQ Sauce Prize
Saying he felt “just like the Lakers with this repeat,” Jason Ward of San Bernardino took home the Grand Prize for Best BBQ for the second year in a row at the L.A. County Fair.
His recipe for Big J’s Spare Ribs won not only a 1st place ribbon and a $100 check for the Pork Class of the competition, but also a $300 check for winning Grand Prize. Judges also evaluated overall table themes of the competitors and Ward’s ironically paid tribute to another L.A. team – the Dodgers.
Placing second in the Pork Class to Ward was Dan S. Kamps of Chino Hills with his Big Boy B.B.Q Triple Pepper Pulled Pork Butt recipe. Jerry L. Perser of Winnetka was 3rd prize winner with his Baby Back Ribs.
Judging took place Sunday, Sept. 5 at Wilderness Ridge. In addition to the Best BBQ contest, judges chose winners of the Best BBQ Sauce and Best Chili contests in the afternoon-long event.
For Best BBQ - Fish, Robin L. Littlefield of South Pasadena won 1st prize for Maple/Rosemary Glazed Salmon (she also won in 2009). Kristine Burns of Las Vegas place 2nd with her Kris’ Fish Rub recipe.
For Best BBQ - Beef , 1st prize went to Bud Harte of Claremont for his Smoked Tri-Tip recipe. Another 2009 winner was Scott T. Cushman of Orange who placed 2nd for his Scott’s Gourmet Burgers with Carmerlized Onions. Joe Santana of Mar Vista (another winner in 2009) won 3rd prize for his Pineapple Meatloaf.
Best BBQ - Poultry Class were Marissa L. Sitz of Covina, 1st prize for her Marissa’s Monterey Grilled Chicken; Lynessa Allen of Alta Loma, 2nd prize for her Stuffed Turkey Breast Tenderloin; and Alfred Mora of Pomona, 3rd prize for his Sassy BBQ Chicken.
Best BBQ Sauce winners were: 1st prize, Rab Smith of Lakewood for his BBQ Sauce; 2nd prize, John Sitz of Covina for his Piggly Wiggly Mop Sauce, and 3rd prize, John Lybrand of Chino Hills for his Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce.
The 2010 Best Chili Winners are: 1st prize, Peggy Linberg of Upland for her Super Bowl Chili; 2nd prize, April Burton of Rowland Heights for her Mom’s Chili; and 3rd prize, Linnaeus N. Simkin of Pomona for his Best Chile Con Carne Ever.
The L.A. County Fair is Sept. 4-Oct. 3. Hours – Wednesdays, noon-10 p.m.; Thursdays, noon-11 p.m.; Fridays, noon-midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit lacountyfair.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com.