1st Annual Sparta-Q BBQ Competition

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Event Information

San Jose State Softball is holding their first annual BBQ cook off to feature some of the best BBQ in Northern California. The Cook off will feature Competitive BBQ Teams that will offer up some of the best BBQ Ribs around. All proceeds will go directly to the SJSU Softball Development Fund and will assist with new additions to the stadium.

  • Gates open at 6AM
  • Racks distributed upon arrival or 7AM, whichever comes first

Teams will be given FIVE racks of untrimmed ribs to cook for two turn-in boxes; PC judges and Competition judges. Additional racks are to be used for the event pre-ticket sales of racks of ribs. Depending on sales, teams (that can) may be offered more racks of ribs to cook.

  • Turn-in times begin at 1pm

The People's Choice judging will be done by six random, NON-BBQ judges or competitive BBQ cooks. These randomly selected BBQ fans will be given NO judging "rules or standards", only how to use the score cards. They will be open to public and team viewing.

The Competition Judging will be KCBS style scoring and double blind but will also be open and viewable by the public. There will be an MC hosting questions and conversation about the entries from the audience. Turn in times are still being worked out and will depend on the number of teams competiting.

Ticket information

  • Kids free (10 & under)
  • Student of any age is $8 presale
  • Admission at the door is $15
  • Purchase Advance Tickets from us or the online site www.spartansoftballevents.com


San Jose State University Stadium

Google Map to Stadium

Directions: Exit Hwy 280 on 10th Street and head south. Use the Spartan access road on the west side of the street. There will be a sign ‚ÄúSparta-Q Competitors‚ÄĚ on 10th Street (between Humboldt & Alma Ave.) that will assist you to your parking area. Patrons will also enter from the 10th street entrance and enter on the east side of the stadium. We will provide parking inside the stadium for all competitors; however, please store my cell number should you get lost (916) 997-9934. 1257 S. 10th Street is the Stadium‚Äôs address should you use GPS.

Event Contact

Coach Peter Turner (408) 924-1253 or email peter.turner@sjsu.edu


Grand Champion $500

Reserve Grand Champion $250

3rd Place $100

People's Choice Award

Entry Fees & Extras

  • Entry Fee $100 per team

*Entry Fee includes FIVE Racks of Ribs, TWO Event T-shirts, AND 12 beer tickets (must be 21 to receive)

  • All additional slabs will be distributed as need based on presale estimates


Team Application

To Judge this fun event contact Tracy Allen at ladyskir@aol.com

Teams Confirmed

  1. The Grillionaires - Chris Cave
  2. S & J Smoking Barrels
  3. Canyon Riders - Joe & Carol Zigulis
  4. Up in Smoke - Scott Cody
  5. Hot Link & Chorizo - Robert Garcia
  6. Pipin' Hot Smokers - Sean Harbaugh
  7. Flame Thrower - Mike Harden
  8. DZ Grillin' - Darren Newman
  9. Big Pig BBQ - Tom/Linn Sharp
  10. Big D's BBQ - Angelo DiMarco
  11. Lord of the Ribs - Ralph Reyes
  12. Nothin' But a Q Thang - Andres Lucero
  13. Smokin with Joneszy - Patrick Purcell-Jones
  14. Double Trouble Backyard BBQ - John Upton
  15. Smoked Out Grillin' - Jose Macias
  16. Bad S BBQ - Ryan Pang
  17. Port City Bones BBQ & Rob's Smokin' Rubs - Rob Ryan
  18. Bang A Drum BBQ - Jason Clark
  19. Los Mexi"Q"tioners - Carlos Lopez
  20. Smokehouse 10 - Dave Tendick
  21. Cecil's Smok'n BBQ - Richard Holquin
  22. Hella Good BBQ - Anthony Pabros

Teams Expected

  1. Pit Pro's BBQ - Scott Gomes

Judges Confirmed

  • Tracy Allen - MCBJ/Head Judge
  • Ben Lobenstein - MCBJ/Judging Master of the Fun, CBBQA Hall of Fame 2011
  1. Ric Gilbert - MCBJ, Pitmaster, CBBQA Hall of Fame 2009
  2. Kyle "Choo Choo" Baker - CBJ, Pitmaster
  3. Adam Hollman - CBJ, Pitmaster
  4. Sherry Hollman - CBJ, Pitmaster
  5. Mark Williams - CBJ
  6. Anna Stockel - CBJ, Pitmaster
  7. Harry Stewart - Pitmaster
  8. Jeremy Wilson - Experienced Judge
  9. Bob Highfill - Experienced Judge
  10. Garry Wilson - CBJ
  11. Scott Simpson - MCBJ, Pitmaster
  12. Lindsay Wilson - Experienced Judge


Grand Champion - S & J Smokin' Barrels

2nd - Big D's BBQ

3rd - Bad S BBQ

4th - Port City Bones BBQ/Rob's Smokin' Rubs

5th - Cecil's Smok'n BBQ

6th - Canyon Riders BBQ

7th - Smokehouse 10

8th - Los Mexi"Q"tioners

9th - Double Trouble Backyard BBQ

10th - Hot Link & Chorizo

People's Choice Champion - Pipin' Hot Smokers

2nd - Smokehouse 10

3rd - Cecil's Smok'n BBQ

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