I know this came as a huge shock but we did it. We being Tim Brown of Can’t Stop Grilling, Steph Legari, Team Eatapedia and my own team Diva Q !!
Check out what Ron Eade Food Editor Ottawa Citizen had to say about the event on his blog.
The Canadian teams swept the BBQ competition at the US Ambassador’s Residence 4th of July Celebration in Ottawa Ontario. Team Eatapedia and their Chicken recipe took 1st, Steph Legari took first with his rib recipe and Team Diva Q took 1st with our Pork Butt recipe. To say it was a thrill is an understatement.
We were required to submit all three categories and enough samples for 15 judges all within a 10 minute window. It was challenge for sure and I was glad just to get through it.
The team rankings were as follows after the tabulations from the acclaimed accounting firm Ernst & Young :
- Can’t Stop Grilling
- Diva Q
- Natural Born Grillers
- Military Chefs
- 1st Choice Catering
- Steph Legari/Team Eatapedia
Plus on top of it all early on the morning of the 4th I did a short TV segment with John Woods the coordinator of the event for Canada AM. I am thankfrul the other teams were there to help set everything up. We even made sure to have a balance in BBQ’s – the Blue Ole Hickory Mailbox that NPG has won with so many times and the Pink Traeger Pig
On any given day the results could have been vastly different – However the real secret I do believe in the Canada over the USA win was the fact that we shared one of our favorite libations the Canadian Award winning whiskey Forty Creek. You need to spread the love & share with your fellow BBQ’er always with no egos, just making good BBQ and having a ton of fun-