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Stephan Franklin of Simply Marvelous from Ventura accepting his trophy for 5th overall in chicken for 2012 (photo courtesy of Dan Cannon), Puddingston, February 9, 2013

    Slap Yo’ Daddy was not the only California winner at the KCBS Banquet as four teams from California did well this year. Matt Dalton of Left Coast Q, this year’s California Best Team of the Year, from Banning, CA, came in 21st overall in the country. California Legend Dave Malone of All Sauced Up from Ventura, CA accepted a 4th place in chicken and a 20th place in ribs. Sterling Ball, of Big Poppa Smokers from Cochella, CA, who had a terrific year by winning the American Royal Invitational, accepted a 23rd overall.