A small crowd gathered at Red Dirt Brewhouse’s patio for good barbecue and an even better cause.
For the last six years, the Ardmore Shrine Club has thrown a barbecue cook-off to raise money for charity. Ardmore Shrine Club president Shannon Houchin said the club uses money from the cook-off specifically to transport children in rural parts of Oklahoma to hospitals to receive treatment.
Houchin said the turnout was lower than expected this year as smokers were drawn to a bigger competition the same weekend in San Angelo and Springtown, Texas.
“This is the money that we raise for the kids to be transported to the hospital,” Houchin said. “We do this every year. This year we kind of have it tough because of all the competitions around us.”
12 teams squared off to determine who had the best beans, ribs, chicken and brisket. They set up smokers in the area surrounding Red Dirt and worked through the afternoon to submit their work for the judges’ approval.
Twisted Pitsters from Wichita Falls, Texas won the day when Bubba Garrett placed first in the brisket and ribs category and was named Grand Champion. His teammate Kevin Conrady won first place in the beans category.
“We always have a good time out here, obviously it goes to a good cause,” Conrady said.
Scott Bowman with Big Red BBQ  won first place in the chicken division. He said he’s competed in the cook-off since the competition started.
“We all cook because we love to, that’s why we cooked today,” Bowman said.