Here are our winners and photos from our event! There is a list at the bottom of more photo galleries, click on them and help yourself to photos!
Congrats to our Grand Champions for 2014, 3 Eyz BBQ, who have been our Grand Champions two years in a row!
Cosette Gobat takes the Stage!
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It Works will be the official VOTING BOOTH of this contest!!
IT WORKS VOTING BOOTH! Their fate is in your hands! All of this is done under health department guidelines, and all professional teams competing will go though a health inspection.
Teams won’t even know their own number, as numbers are switched at turn in. This is your chance to taste some great Q and vote on a winner in the IT WORKS VOTING BOOTH.
TASTE THE YUMMIES FROM:
SAUCE THIS Professional BBQ Team , Easton MD
INKED PIG Professional BBQ Team, Hagerstown, MD
HOG IT UP BBQ Professional BBQ Team , Bluemont VA
OLD VIRGINIA SMOKE Professional BBQ Team Bristow, VA
HILL HIGH COUNTRY STORE Professional BBQ Team Round Hill, VA
2 RHODIES BBQ Team Round Hill, VA
APORKALYPSE NOW Springfield, VA
RACK TIME Alexandria, VA
HOGSHINERS Leesburg, VA
SMOKIN’ GNOME Professional BBQ Team Shippensburg, PA
CHECKERED FLAG 500 Professional BBQ Team Fawn Grove, PA
We’ll be double checking the dessert page but it looks like 14 teams are competing for fame and glory whipping up a sweet tasting dessert! Yum!
VIP judges will love this….check them out on our dessert page.
Adults, only $20 a team to enter.
Kids, only $10 a team to enter.
The SPCA of Winchester/Frederick/Clarke
Blaze Youth Mission / Assembly of God Church
Winchester Exchange Group
and brings out of state revenue to your town!
Come out and shop our vendors, eat our bbq, and see the bbq tours, kids zone , entertainment or car show!
We think their tractor’s are sexy and we love them for helping us with our festival. Their gator comes in great use for our crew and judges to get around! Make sure you visit them for the best John Deere’s on earth. Ohhh yeahhh!
Our Kids Q contest is heating up! , Sidney from Great Falls, Virginia will be grilling it up for fame and glory. She’s added to the Kids Q page! Her father is a professional team pitmaster so it’s safe to say she may have some great grilling DNA!
Hey, do you know kids who are crazy about grilling ? Did you know it’s only $10 for a 6/29/14 entry as long as Mom/Dad or Guardian start the fire, they are in! Tell your friends, details here on the Backyard Page!
Website here at HoggingUpWV
We are happy to announce our Hogging Up BBQ Tour and it’s coming to Clear Brook June 2014.
Spaced out over two days (Friday and Saturday) the public gets to hear the secrets, tips and tricks from some of the best of the best PItmasters of Professional BBQ Teams. Some have appeared national television shows like “Pitmasters” or you may have seen their mugs on “BBQ Crawl” or seen them being filmed on national TV at the “American Royale.” Others are big stars for their techniques, methods and tips and tricks. All of these teams have a wealth of knowledge being a Professional Pitmaster, what it entails and how to use these secrets at home, or out on the circuit! If you are wondering how to cook chicken at home like the pros, now you can. Want to learn about getting into the world of being a competition team? Do you wonder what it’s all about being a member of the world’s largest organization dedicated to hardwood smoking? Maybe you just want to ask some tips, tricks and questions that have been bugging you.
Now you can. You can find a full list of teams, schedule and topics here on the BBQ Tour page. There will be two tours stops open to the public on Friday*, and three on Saturday*. We will be broadcasting wireless throughout the lovely Frederick County Fairgrounds!
NOTE: As a reminder admission to the event is only $5 Friday and $8 Saturday and kids under 12 are always free. There is an additional tour stop Friday only available to those who order VIP Packages. Click for extra stop on Friday by ordering VIP Package here.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Also ten teams will compete for fame and glory with the People’s Choice contest. There will be separate tasting tickets available for purchase and the tasting tent is open SATURDAY ONLY 11-2:30ish or until supplies run out. *tasting tickets required. Must vote on a winner!
Let’s give a Big Hogging Up Welcome to Mike and Michelle Lackey, Pitmasters of Hog-it-Up BBQ Team out of Bluemont, Virginia. They were our 1st place dessert winners last year, and for 2014 they are back with a vengeance. Additionally, they are a pit stop on our Saturday BBQ Tour, and a special tour stop for our VIPS (Find out about VIP’s here).
Pitmasters: Mike & Michelle Lackey
Representing: Bluemont, VA
Live in Charlottesville and looking for something to do?
Come on up to Hogging Up! You are, by all accounts, only about two hours away. What’s better than to come to Clear Brook for the day and enjoy the Hogging Up BBQ Festival, and have fun! Where do people come from the Hogging Up BBQ Festival? We had a lot of folks from the panhandle area last year, lots from West Virginia. Folks came from Frederick, Maryland or DC. Some from Gettysburg, PA and parts beyond. Although mostly we had regional visitors, we were happy to meet a couple came from as far as Boston.
This year we hope to see other areas in Virginia, as far down 81 as Woodstock, Harrionsburg and off 64 like Charlottesville. Our pal over at Charlottesville Area Real Estate is spreading the word and we thank him!
Live in North Carolina? No problems, we have a partner hotel called the Marriott and you can spend a day driving up to Virginia, enjoying the look of Virginia’s beautiful wineries, see some of the best Virginia historic homes, beautiful farms, and great scenery as you make your way to Hogging Up!
Tell you Friends!
Thank you to our family, crew, and volunteers and the community for supporting our causes.
Money Raised to Date
$1000 SPCA of Frederick/Clarke/Winchester 2014 ($200 from Gate/GoodSam/CandyHill, $300 from Evel Speed $500 from Food Stands)
$1200 Woodbine Assembly of God who uses this for their Blaze Youth Program ($600 Gate- 2013, $600 Gate-2014)
$400 Clear Brook Volunteer Fire Department (from Big Fat Daddy’s)
$3200+ All Proceeds of Beer / Wine 2013 / 2014 kept by Winchester Exchange Group
TO DATE HOGGING UP HAS RAISED over $8000 for charities.
We also offered a 4 demo music contract and J200 guitar to WInchester Born musician Michael Palmer. Value $5000.00
Hogging Up 2.0 Version
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Back with a Vengeance.
Fear the Pig.
Stay Tuned for Details.
Results are here on the Results Page.
See who won what!
Thursday we made the LIFE section of the Winchester Star. See a sneak peak here.
Thanks you to 3MI Photography for being a Wee Lil Pig Sponsor! If you have weddings, graduations, birthday parties or special occasions and need a photographer, please find them at 3MIPhotography.com Specializing in Senior Portraits, Weddings, Family Portraits, Reunions, Action Photography, Graphic Design
Competitors : The Prize money has increased yet again from $5225 last update to to $5300 and special bonus gifts! The gifts alone are valued at over $500 already and adding up! Gifts are donated items from our partners and sponsors that are awarded in addition to prize money and trophies/plaques. For instance, Texas Brush has donated three brushes which will go to Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and our special “Best of the Panhandle Award”. Special sponsor prizes go to the Anything Butt and Dessert Winners. All 2nd place winners of the four main catergories will get a handmade cutting board from Winchester’s finest woodworker, MIK Woodworking.
**Subject to further increase at any time **
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Hello Judges or Potential Judges,
Thank you for an overwhelming response of CBJ apps. We received almost 300 from 8+ states. As of March 17, we are removing the judge application from this website due to the overwhelming response and have told the KCBS we are filled. As announced here on this site as on January 8th, 2013 all judge apps received end of December on were going to high reserve or backorder status only because of the amount of applications. Here is a Q&A to answer your questions.
What does this mean and how were judges selected?
This means it’s a first year contest and we only anticipate having 25 teams or under. There’s no way we can use almost 300 judges. Each organizer does things differently, and for our contest we selected judges from a variety of states, not just the ones closeby. We did this on purpose, to bring people from ALL OVER to the town of Winchester.
Then, we placed the remainder of judges on a reserve or backup list. The first are applications Sept-January, the secondi s Feb-March. As new teams are added, more judges will be needed from reserve/backup lists. They will also be pulled from if cancellations should arise.
Who went to reserve/backorder and who was selected?
Applications received during September to December were separated by state. By January, we had received CBJ’s from IN, NC, WVA, MD, PA, NY, KY, DC, and VA. (Technically 8 states unless you consider DC it’s own) A few were selected blindly from each state and initial mailings, double checked for a mix of Master, TC’s, and newbees, and spot checked judge status to make sure they were current with the KCBS.
Reserve is a huge list, of those who were received between September to January. They will be pulled from as new teams are added. We kept receiving more from February and March, and we added those to the backorder list. Everyone no matter when their application received, should be kept in the loop with updates.
I haven’t heard anything / I emailed my form in and haven’t heard anything
If your form was received via snailmail or made it through the spam filter, you should have received e-mailings. The first one went out January 5-10th from BigFatDaddys. Since many of you had issues with us going to spam, we then resent everything from HoggingUpBBQFestival@verizon.net and even talked to some of you on the phone. The second update went out March 5-12. If you still have not received any updates, please check your spam, or feel free to email us at the HoggingUpBBQFestival@verizon.net email if your email was illegible or has changed we can resend.
For those who emailed it: The form indicated for apps to be mailed in. First, so that spam did not block you. Second, we need your signature on the waiver. Feel free to email us at the HoggingUpBBQFestival@verizon.net to check your status.
I called you but haven’t heard anything.
We called back everyone that left us a number on our machine except for one man who did not leave a number who left a general festival inquiry and made fun of our name on the message.
Why aren’t you posting my CBJ name on the website?
We did not ask if we could release your personal information to the world wide web and so we aren’t.
I’m upset that I am on backorder! This festival is close to me! What are my options?
We’re upset too that we can’t fit in everyone who applied. As more teams are added more judges will be selected / accepted in. You can urge your favorite bbq teams to send in their competitor apps so as our contest increases competitors so in turn this will increase our need for judges. Keep in mind not to take it personal.
If you live close, you could still come to the festival as a volunteer. Volunteer apps are on the EVENT FORMS page of the site. Each works a 4 hour shift, gets free three day passes to the festival and a free food voucher
We even have some judges on reserve that have decided to vend items as this festival is close to them.
Do you know any of the judges?
We didn’t know any of the judges personally before processing of their application.
Why did you pick judges different than another contest who picks them close by or first come first served?
Some organizers pick close by, or by tenure, or application receipt date. It’s really up to each organizer as to how they will select their judges.
I don’t want any more mailings. I want to apply elsewhere.
You may withdrawl your application in line by writing “remove” on the updates that are sent to you and we will remove you from future mailings.
It’s March and I have an application I printed but haven’t sent. Can I send it?
Yes, but your application will be under reserve and backorder and we honestly have a lot of folks ahead of you.
Will the same judges be selected next year or what process is used for next year?
Our goal will be the same, trying to get a nice mix of folks from outside of Winchester into the town to help stimulate the local economy, so we anticipate selecting from a variety of states, but there is no guarantees the same folks will be selected.
Special thanks to Mr. Riley and Mr. Tibbs and the County Commission of Winchester for helping fix some older than dirt county codes and ordinances in order for us to have this wonderful festival! It’s very exciting to hear that March 14th they are having a meeting see it right here to make a “Special Event License”. They are trying hard to to redo some of the old codes to make Winchester a more business friendly place.
Soon after this will make it much more affordable for all outside vendors to do temporary business in the lovely town of Winchester! To think our little pink pig had something to do with it is just pigtastic.
It was moved to the Board of Supervisor’s meeting. The final hearing should be a public hearing around April 24th. As long as everything goes smoothly, the vendors’ special event fees should be updated by early May.
We are working with Phil at Benchmark Custom Signs & Wonders who will be making our Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, and First Place guys special plaques sort of like these.
Also our Grand and Reserve gets a free Texas Brush also!
These are nicely carved in real wood and what you see here are just mockups. We are going to keep you in suspense as we play with the final design. Awards from 2-5 place will be given bbq trophies , and 6-10 will get ribbons or certificates.
To see the quality of the signs, go to Phil’s shop. Tweet us your favorite out of designs A, B, or C! Or stick in your vote here!
Burnt Orange Band’s bio is now live on our website! Check out our bands page and read up on this Culpepper Virginia band as they will rock the house at the 2013 Hogging Up BBQ Festival.
HOT UPDATES FOR 2014: Apples are not required!
In case you haven’t noticed, we have a Friday night Anything Butt and Dessert Category. We are getting some Questions and Answers, so here you go!
Q: What are VIP Judges?
VIP Judges are county and very important community members the sponsors have invited in to help judge the Anything Butt and Dessert Contest. The KCBS reps Randy and Carol Bigler will work closely with the VIP’s to go over modified judging guidelines and to ensure things run smoothly. There may even be some KCBS judges mixed in.
Q: Can you post the official rules and give examples of what we can and can’t serve?
Anything Butt (Non-Dessert) – RULES
Anything Butt (Non-Dessert) is any meat other than the four KCBS categories (Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork &
Beef Brisket) to be judged on Friday at 6:30 .
• Everything cooked on site: Recipe may be baked, broiled, barbecued, grilled, fried, etc so long as it’s done on the same type grills you would use in competition–meaning no gas grills, no microwave ovens and no stoves. Recipe may be served as a casserole, stew, salad, hors d’oeuvre, etc. JUST NOT A DESSERT.
For example: Simmered Veal Parmesan would be acceptable. Shrimp Scampi would be acceptable.Palm Frond Spaghetti would be acceptable. Frog leg omlette would be acceptable. Baby back ribs would NOT since this is something that is included in the four KCBS categories. Rhubarb veggie kabobs would be acceptable.Grilled pig snouts would be acceptable because this particular part of the pig is not in the pork KCBS category Cornish hens would NOT be acceptable since it is a form of the Chicken category. Turkey leg sorbet would not since sorbet is a form of dessert and that’s just gross. Crab bisque would be acceptable. Brisket ala mode would NOT since Brisket is in the four KCBS Categories. Grilled cow tongue would be acceptable because this particular part of the pig is not in the pork KCBS category. These of course are just examples for your viewing pleasure. If you have a question, you can ask the coordinator and we will get the answer for you. Your communications are kept confidential.
- You may inject or rub your foods ahead of time,and even marinate but all items MUST be cooked onsite.
- Recipe may include garnish. Make it as pleasing to the eye as you wish.
- Recipe may be marinated or injected, and this may be done before arrival.
Dessert – RULES (Judging Time 7:00pm Friday night)
- Must be cooked on site with any heat source.
- Must not be store bought.
- For 2014, does NOT have to contain apples.
Q: What general criteria is used as far as presentation goes?
You will be judged on how eye appealing your entry is though you do not have to follow the standard rules on presentation as it related to garnish/boxes/or portions.. For instance, you are not required to use the KCBS standard “box” (unless you want to.) Entries may be handed in on anything so long as it’s less than 24″ in length. Examples could be: Small trays, chinet plates, disposable bowls, dishes, etc. Please keep in mind some of you may wish to use ceramic or real dinnerware, which is fine, but is not our responsibility for returning your containers or plates to you. We can have them available for pick up after judging. Garnishes may be used if you desire but are not required. Portions are answered in the next question.
Q: What about portions, etc?
Minimum of six portions but we suggest preferably more for others to taste. You do not have to portion it out. For instance, in the dessert category if you were to make a cake, it is not necessary to cut the cake into six pieces. We will ensure that everyone gets a piece of the cake.
Q: When are the awards?
Although the judging is done on Friday night in a modified KCBS format, the awards will be handed out during the regular award ceremony which is set to take place Saturday night between 4 and 5pm.
Please continue to send your questions to HoggingUpBBQFestival@verizon.net or BigFatDaddys@verizon.net should you have any more questions.
Exciting News! Circa Blue, one of our FAVORITE bands will be dropping some free admission passes in and around their home town of West Virginia. These will be one day free admission passes that will make you want to come out and see the action! Now our festival is a three day event, so this is a great way to come and check out the action.
Nothing like a good “hide and seek” game huh? So just where can you get these? I bet if you check out their official CIRCA BLUE schedule and follow them around, they may just give you some. Maybe check your local grocery store, bathroom in your favorite restaurant and find out where they are hiding! Something tells me Steve Harris likes to eat BBQ, so maybe check your local BBQ places, too.
These should be somewhere in and around Martinsburg!
If you work in West Virginia, and your company or boss hasn’t gotten their hands on free passes, then you tell them they need to get in touch with us. A small sponsorship gets them free passes to give to their favorite employees—people like YOU!
Did you know?
The Frederick County Fairgrounds are actually considered in Clear Brook, VA 22624—an unincorporated farming community in northern Frederick County, Virginia. This lies approximately six miles north of the county seat of Winchester. It is the site of the Kenilworth home, once owned by Harry K. Thaw, the old Hopewell Meeting House, Stonewall Elementary School, the Clearbrook Park, and the Frederick County Fairgrounds. It’s in a Panhandle area close to Maryland, and only minutes from West Virginia.
Winchester, Virginia is right next door. Most people refer to these fairgrounds as Winchester Fairgrounds. The town has a lot of fun facts and historical places. It’s known for apples, (Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in May), and the historical home of Patsy Cline. David Arquette is from Winchester, as was Lord Fairfax. And maybe you know of George Washington? In addition to the sites on the National Register of Historic Places, the following historic sites are located in Winchester:
Belle Grove Plantation (1797)
Christ Church (1828)
George Washington’s Office Museum (1755)
Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA (1844)
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Old Court House Civil War Museum (1840)
Old Town Winchester (1738)
Opequon Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (1736)
Red Lion Tavern (1783)
Shenandoah Valley Military Academy (1764)
Site of Historic Fort Loudoun (1756)
Stonewall Cemetery (1866)
Kurtz Building (1836)
There’s fun things to see and do.