Things got saucy at the 3rd annual Meat in the Street Competition at My Buddy’s Place in downtown Manson on March 18, 2017. The event invited 10 BBQ pit masters to compete for the best wing. A hand-picked team of judges as well as votes from diners decided the winners.
Wings were distributed to the pit masters at 8 a.m. on Saturday giving everyone a level playing field on which to grill their entries.
“We use a remote thermometer that alerts us if the temperature of the smoker gets out of range,” explained Bob Doggett, owner of Local Myth Pizza and this year’s second place winner. “We sleep with it next to our heads.”
Only 120 tickets were available for this year’s event and with a line that wrapped the porch of the establishment, it is no surprise that tickets sold out in 20 minutes.
At 3 p.m. sharp, ticket holders filled the street to taste the wings and choose their favorite. A DJ played music on the outdoor patio as entertainment and guests were allowed to enjoy their beer or cocktail along the sidewalk which was closed off for the event.
Each wing entry was unique. Some were sweet with a heated kick, and some kept it simple with a dry rub and smoky flavor. Third place went to Mongolian Chicken who served their wing with a balsamic honey mustard that set them apart from other contestants who offered ranch or habanero sauces.
The first place winners, Tony Zulauga and Cappy Peterson, took home the championship with a dry rubbed wing that had great consistency and tons of flavor. Each winner was awarded a bottle of Jameson and a t-shirt to commemorate and celebrate their win.
(By Jillian Foster)