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Guinea Pig II- The Pig, Rancho Mirage CA


Grand Champion- Loot N' Booty, Sterling Smith


Reserve Grand Champion- Dead Pig Walking, Tim Wong

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Guinea Pig II, The Pig, Rancho Mirage, CA

By Sylvie Curry

You couldn't wish for better weather at the Guinea Pig II BBQ Competition in Rancho Mirage, CA. High temps in the eighties, low at night in the 50's, clear skies and minimal winds. Add to that, views of the Mission Hills Golf Course greens boasting spring flowers.

A vision of Sterling Ball of Big Poppa Smokers (BPS) to bring an affordable event to competitors. For a registration fee of only $450, teams received all meats to be used in the competition (one Snake River Farm Double R brisket, two pork butts, 3 racks of ribs and nine chicken thighs), free ice, Woodhouse Chocolates, CD, access to the exclusive Mission Hills Country Club for two nights, no extra charge for large sites, Kids’ Q where each child was given a Weber Smokey Joe cooker and Friday night dinner hosted by BPS where teams, family and friends were served Snake River Farms donated Wagyu hot dogs with all the trimmings you could hope for.


Host- Mission Hills Country Club Golf Course, Rancho Mirage

At 2pm, teams gathered in front of a refrigerated truck awaiting a drawing in which the KCBS representatives, Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh randomized the team order of draw for a numbered ping pong ball corresponding to the meat box they would receive.


Teams Awaiting Meat Box Drawing


Last Ping Pong Ball

After each team received their numbered ping pong ball, the meat boxes were distributed by the BPS staff. One of the highlights of this event was the briskets donated by Guinea Pig sponsor, Snake River Farms. Teams received SRF Double R Ranch briskets ranging from 14-20 lbs. These briskets received the seal of approval by the teams as they opened their boxes and found briskets with very thick flats, marbling and the feel of a 28 day aging process. Teams were also provided a listing of each meats weight in their box further assuring us that we were starting with an even playing field compared to other team’s boxes.


Teams Picking Up Meat Boxes After Ping Pong Ball Drawing


Double R Ranch Briskets Donated by Snake River Farms


Weights of Each Meat in Numbered Boxes Displayed For Team Review

One of the highlights of the Guinea Pig event is the Kid's Q. Greater involvement by the kids in this event makes this competition a family affair. Preparing the next generation of competitors. Ground beef in this category was also donated by Snake River Farms. Each kid also received a brand new Weber Smokey Joe cooker which they got to keep.


Kid’s que Turn In at Judging Table

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Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony began promptly at 5pm. Special acknowledgement of the BPS staff for assuring everything was organized, teams were taken care of, Friday dinner, meat box distribution and for handling all the amenities of the events.

Awards for Kid's Q were called. Smokin' Harts JJ took the first place award for kids 11-15 years old. Smokin' Harts Duke took the first place award for kids 6-10 years old. The excitement on these kids’ faces was priceless.


Kid's Q Competitors

Kid's Q 11 to 15 Years Old

1. Smokin' Hart's JJ

2. Oh Snap BBQ!

3. Just a bit Twisted

4. Smokin' Ashley

5. Kid Rejects!

Kid's Q 6 to 10 Years Old

1. Smokin' Hart's Duke

2. Little Loot

3. Smokin' Nicole

4. Smokin' Kid Vicious

5. Lil' Marvelous BBQ

The dessert category awards were announced and two teams received 180 pins. The tie breaker was determined by the KCBS rules. Smokin' Money received the first place award.


Top Five Dessert Winners

1. SMOKIN' MONEY - 180.0000

2. PORKETEERS - 180.0000




By the time we got to announce the top 10, there were a few teams with multiple calls hence forerunners for GC and RGC. The excitement was intensified when Sterling made other special announcements before bringing to the stage the GC for the second Guinea Pig Competition and his second best Sterling- Sterling Smith of Loot N' Booty.

The Top 10 Overall

Grand Champion: LOOT N' BOOTY BBQ

Reserve Champion: DEAD PIG WALKING









The top ten in each category and top ten overall receive monetary awards, a ribbon for second to tenth place and a plaque for first place. The Guinea Pig event distribution of awards assures that more teams walk away with money. In this event 59.18% teams cashed a check. GC total $1,630, RGC total of $1460, third total of $1,060. 14% of teams made a profit. 43% of the teams recouped at least $95 of the $450. 35th place team won $215.

Everyone is looking forward to more events like the Guinea Pig.

Special thanks to sponsors who support this competition and other events throughout the country. Mission Hills Country Club for hosting the event, Snake River Farms and Annella Kelso for Meat donations and support of all things CBBQA, Woodhouse Chocolates and Sterling Ball of Big Poppa Smokers for all he does. Thanks to Arlie Bragg one of the best promoters nationally. Also, special thanks to our KCBS Representatives, Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh, Merrialyce and Steve Alvarez, the staff of BPS under the direction of Jessie, Jody and James.

Congratulations to all who heard their name called.

Join the CBBQA

Our mission is to teach, enjoy, preserve, and promote barbecue as a true American food and to help various children’s charities by conducting barbecue events throughout the state of California.

CBBQA Membership

Purchase Tickets for the Meat and Greet


Purchase tickets to the "Meat and Greet" with Myron Mixon on Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm at A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the children's charities of the CBBQA.

ToY and RoY Sign Up

To participate in the CBBQA ToY Race and receive ToY and RoY points from ToY approved contests, at least one of the team head cooks must be a current member of the CBBQA and their Team needs to be registered with the ToY Commissioner. To register your team, please follow the link and fill out the form.

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The California BBQ Association would also like to help promote your BBQ event. We work hand in hand with all the national sanctioning bodies for BBQ events each year here in California. Information on what options we offer the event promoters of California can be obtained by contacting us. If you have a charity that is interested in putting together a BBQ fundraiser, we would also like to hear from you.

CBBQA Directors / Officers

Board of Directors:
Andrew Soto
Bryan Rice
Bryan Wood
Ed Williams
Jerry Aguilar
Kimberly Moore
Tim Wong


President: Kimberly Moore
VP: Tim Wong Tim Wong
Treasurer: Robert Bass
Secretary: Jerry Aguilar

ToY Comissioner: Steve Wilson

Business Membership: Tracy Allen - PM

CBBQA Bylaws

Public Financial Documents

CBBQA Team of the Year



Eggs by the Bay

Big Poppa Smokers

Woodhouse Chocolate

Simply Marvelous

updated 2-24-15

1- Loot N' Booty 96

Sterling Smith ~ Scottsdale, AZ

2- Dead Pig Walking 88

Tim Wong ~ Fountain Valley, CA

3- Jet Coatings "Monkey Style" 76

Michael Wheeler ~ Huntington Beach, CA

4- Smokin' Harts 71

Jon Hart ~ Fountain Valley, CA

5- Left Coast Q 68

Matt Dalton ~ Banning, CA

6- Porterhouse BBQ 65

Raymond Porter ~ Banning, CA

7- Knock UR Sox Off BBQ 62

Ryan & Kim Moore ~ Fontana, CA

8- Vicious Smoke 60

Steve Aguilar ~ San Diego, CA

9- Porketeers 58

Dennis McGrath ~ El Cajon, CA

10- Simply Marvelous BBQ 57

Stephan Franklin ~ Santa Barbara, CA

11- Slap Yo' Daddy BBQ 56

Harry Soo ~ Diamond Bar, CA

12- Lady of Q 54

Sylvie Curry ~ Ramona, CA

13- Burnin and Lootin 53

Jerry Aguilar ~ Corona, CA

14- When Pigs Fly BBQ 52

Dale & Tammy Ginos ~ Vista, CA

15- Woodhouse 50

John & Tracy Anderson ~ St. Helena, CA

16- Woody-Q ® 49

Bryan Wood ~ Riverside, CA

17- Team Woodshed 48

Renea Teasdale ~ Orange, CA

18- Pete's Firehouse BBQ 47

Pete Lent ~ Temecula, CA

19 Yard Lobster BBQ 46

Craig Lampkin ~ Garden Grove, CA

20- My Smokin Grillfriend 45

Jeff Pollock ~ Bakersfield, CA

21- Smokin' Money ® 44

Josh Heveron ~ Joshua Tree, CA

22 - Smokin' Rejects 18

Phil Gilchrist ~ Bellflower, CA

22 - Master of Disaster 18

Andy Soto ~ Santa Ana, CA

22 - OM BBQ Company 18

Paul Robles ~ La Habra, CA

22 - Nothing Compares 2 Q 18

Kyle Casazza ~ Los Angeles, CA

22 - What Wood Jesus Q 18

Thom Emery ~ Indio, CA

22 - Dad's Chillin' and Grillin' BBQ ® 18

Don Martinez ~ Rancho Cucamonga, CA

22 - Twisted Brisket BBQ 18

Rob & Bryan Rice ~ Costa Mesa, CA

22 - Big Red BBQ 18

Jim Young ~ La Mesa, CA

22 - Cool Grilling 18

Mike Pagel ~ Murrieta, CA

22 - Run Little Piggy ® 18

Jeff Martin ~ Bakersfield, CA

22 - Women Dig My Cooking ® 18

David Carr ~ Pacific Palisades, CA

22 - ODB's Ribticklin BBQ ® 18

John Bellesi ~ Aguanga, CA

How to get sanctioned: ToY Event Application

® = 2015 Rookie Team

-Visit the CBBQA Team of the Year 2015 Page at CBBQA Team of the Year 2015 for Complete Official 2015 Standings for all categories.

-ToY Rules can be found at Team of the Year page

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