BBQ club competes in first contest

February 17, 2023


A student cutting meat for the Jr Pit Master BBQ competition

Last Monday, the VMHS BBQ club participated in the Junior Pit Master BBQ competition.

“I felt very honorable, considering it was the first time BBQ club went to a Pit master competition like that,” club member Reynaldo Escobar Jr said. “It was a lot of weight on our shoulders because we were out there representing for the first time.”

In this competition, cooks made a selection of food to be reviewed by a panel of judges. They competed against 47 other schools across the state and were sponsored meat by Staples Street Meat Market. Unfortunately, they did not place in this competition.

“Sadly we didn’t place in the top 20 but the results from our team showed that we came together closer and we were working better as a team better than before.” Escobar said.

The club does plan to participate in more contests. They plan to use this experience to do better when they compete in contests and participate in school events. Their next competition will be next year however, they plan to practice and use this competition as learning experience for next year

“To prepare well probably have a mock cook off and prep an entire week before because we have so much stuff to take up there.” Escobar said. “My least favorite part was the rain and being in 45 degrees the entire day but my favorite part was trying the food, the 16 hours of smoking paid off.”


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