California BBQ Association Q-Fest 2012
East Shore RV, Lake Puddingstone
San Dimas, California
by Donna Fong
Each year, the CBBQA hosts a weekend long celebration in southern California for all of its members throughout the state. The party is held at the East Shore RV park next to Lake Puddingstone in San Dimas, California. The lake itself covers 220 acres and is popular with boaters and fishermen alike. The park that surrounds it has equestrian facilities, an 18 hole golf course, hot tubs and a water theme park to boot. The RV park sits comfortably on top of hill, overlooking San Gabriel Valley. Californiaâ€™s own BBQ Hall of Fame member, Dan Cannon, organizes this event like clockwork.
Friday night welcomed members with a carne asada taco bar, tri-tip, beef sausage and multiple forms of salads. On Saturday morning, we awoke to Danâ€™s famous sausage gravy and rolls, accompanied by corn beef hash, pancakes, potatoes, eggs, chorizo, and fruit. Then for Saturday afternoon dinner members feasted on even more food! All of this was potluck and considering some of Californiaâ€™s best cooks were around, nobody was complaining. And neither was Kelleigh Strobel who received a $2000 charitable donation from the CBBQA to the Kristieâ€™s foundation which provides end-of-life care for children and support for their families.
Ten members of the California Hall of Fame elected their newest member, 2011 CBBQA President, Larry Hill. Larry is well known for his charitable contributions to the community and as one of the best solo pitmasters around. He regularly contributes to the success of other teams locally and in big national competitions like the American Royal.
Congratulations go out to Adam Hollman of Huminie's Hogalicious BBQ from Gilroy, for his hard earned title of 2011 Rookie Team of the Year. This was probably one of the toughest rookie races in the west with four of the top ten spots in California occupied by rookies. Adamâ€™s talent and endurance throughout the race was an amazing sight to behold throughout the year. Not to be surpassed, pitmaster, Harry Soo of Slap Yoâ€™ Daddy BBQ made a repeat appearance as Californiaâ€™s top Team of the Year for a second year in a row. Harry continues to lead the pack with his modest smoker and his less is more approach to BBQ. Congratulations to all of the teams who competed this year, trophies or no trophies. Thank you for sharing what you love with all of us and keep smoking!