Nearly 400 people sampled ribs and pulled pork from the grills of 32 cooking teams hailing from all over the Carolinas at the 3rd Annual Bordertown BBQ Cook Off in Clover Park on Saturday.
Not a cloud swept the sky, which came as quite a relief to Michael Huffstetler and Bobby Cook, the festival’s co-founders and organizers who have contended with rain in previous years.
“We are big barbeque guys, and we wanted to bring something to our hometown that hasn’t been here before,” said Huffstetler.
The two Clover natives created the nonprofit festival to spread their love for barbeque while raising money for charities.
This year the event raised more than $3,700 for the South Carolina Autism Society.
The cooking teams competed for cash prizes. Judges from the South Carolina Barbeque Association determined winners for best pork butts and best ribs. Attendees cast votes for the People’s Choice Award.
Razorback Ribs from Inman, won the People’s Choice Award and 1st place for best butts; followed by JT’s Barbeque from North Charleston in 2nd place; Barbee Q from Locust, N.C. placed 3rd; and Iron Pig from Salisbury, N.C. came in 4th. JT’s Barbeque also won the prize for best ribs.
For more information on the festival, visit www.bordertownbarbequecookoff.com.