Estel’s 5th Annual Ribs Cook-Off: There’s A New QUEEN in Town

What a way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.  A gorgeous day on Ambergris Caye.

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Texas singer/songerwriter Jerry Jeff Walker in town and his huge crew for sold-out Camp Belize (his yearly two week concert set in San Pedro.)  And 6 grills going filled with delicious pork ribs.  6 grillmasters.  3 from San Pedro, 3 from the states.  At least 10 musicians.

IMG_91547 judges.  And 100 lucky ticket holders to judge the “Peoples’ Choice”.

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And the Dead Ass Last Bobble-Butt Donkey award.

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It’s on.

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Just a morning and early afternoon of good clean fun.  Well…for the most part.

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This year there were two female chefs.  Jennie Staines from Elvi’s Kitchen and Amy Knox from Wild Mango’s.  Two FAVORITE restaurants in town.  Here’s Amy…

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She was dabbling secret Mojo Sauce.

Jim next door…more traditional brown sugar and BUTTER.  Yum…

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Rick (he made the almost perfect looking ribs above) and Jim…both the Original Member of the Fat 4.  They have been in each of the 5 annual competitions.  And they are GOOD TIMES.

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Robbie and Gary overseeing the proceedings.

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Charles and Rick.

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A pirate.

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And thru the porthole.

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Sammy – working his butt off serving drinks.

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Part of the ticket price – and the raffles – were all for the Sunshine Foundation.  Which raises money for scholarships for kids on Ambergris Caye.

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Barrington was the MC and Eve, helping with the foundation.

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Fans were taking a front row seat for the massive jam session that was about to begin.

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Ladies selling raffle tickets.

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Helping out…

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Just beautiful.

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Hurray!  My table awaits.  Oh…didn’t I tell you?  After being passed over last year, this year, I’m a JUDGE!   And I’d be sitting next to Mr. Jerry Jeff Walker.

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And tables were filling up quick…

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Hey Charles…what’s that odd shaped piece of meat on the barbie?IMG_9216

Oh of course…a gibnut.

Jerry Jeff surveying the grills.

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We judges were seated.  And presented with a SERIOUS plate.

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And an even more serious scorecard.

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Dustin enjoying his ribs.

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Coconut Leo enjoying a song that he’s mentioned in…

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I really needed to walk…HARD WORK and the food was just so good.  All the ribs were delish.  The beans were a 10.  The roll, the tortilla…yum.

And then music…from the blues to a great performance by JJW’s son Django to a bit of Elton John…

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DRUM ROLL!  The winners were announced!  Peoples’ Choice.  #3.  Jim (Green toothpick)  #2. Charles (Red)  #1. Jennie (Grey)

Judges’ Choice:  LAST PLACE and the coveted bobble butt – JIM!  #3. Amy (Orange) #2. Charles (Red) and #1.  Jennie (Grey)

IMG_9246Go Jim!

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And Jennie!  Congratulations.  One year as queen of ribs.

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  • Billizer

    Congratulations, Jennie Staines!!! Always Cooking…unless BBQing.

  • hmmmm… i thaught i saw a bigger,older ,bass player , in them pics…..
    naaaahhh musta bin mistaken.