Results from the 2016 United Way of Nevada County ‘Grills ‘n’ Grilles’ event |

Results from the 2016 United Way of Nevada County ‘Grills ‘n’ Grilles’ event

The Backyard BBQ team “The Rib Doctors,” headed up by Kristian Hockinson and Karl Linquist, won first place in the people’s choice and second place in the critic’s choice categories at United Way's tenth annual barbecue event, “Grills ‘n’ Grilles.”
Submitted by Donna Cobb |

United Way of Nevada County held its 10th annual barbecue event, “Grills ‘n’ Grilles” on Aug. 27 at Western Gateway Park. More than 500 people attended the car show and grilling competition. A Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition was held in conjunction with a “Backyard BBQ” competition. Attendees voted for their favorite Backyard BBQ team and favorite vehicle, and a team of expert judges chose the winning “Critics’ Choice” in the Backyard BBQ competition and the KCBS winning teams.

The Backyard BBQ people’s choice first place award went to “The Rib Doctors,” headed up by long-time participant Kristian Hockinson. Second place went to “Interfaith Food Ministry BBQ Kings” and third place went to “Gold Country Community Center Silver Servants.” The Backyard BBQ Critic’s Choice 1st place went to “The Cooking Dead,” headed up by Mike Brocco, with Rib Doctors and Lil Pig BBQ coming in second and third, respectively. The Gold Country Community Services team also won the Spirit Award for their positive energy, creativity and spiritedness.

The KCBS grand champion was team “Smokey Luv BBQ” led by Kevin Barteaux and reserve champion was Jeff Clark and “The B Team.”

To view the rest of the winners of the KCBS competition, visit

The “Best in Show” winner in the Car Show was a 1956 Chevy Nomad owned by Jane Ammerman. All proceeds from this event go to the United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund, which goes towards making an impact in the areas of basic needs; emergency shelter, food insecurity and access to healthcare.

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