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July 27, 2010

Fair barbecue contest finds humble winner

OSKALOOSA — To his own surprise, Scott Tibbals won grand champion in this year’s barbecue competition at the Southern Iowa Fair.

“I teased around saying ‘I’m going to win this thing’ and I did,” said Tibbals.

Tibbals’ entry featured a pork shoulder cooked on a “keg cooker” with charcoal, which he turned into pulled pork sandwiches. The dish was accompanied by three sides including corn bread and baked beans. He added his own meat rub recipe to the pork, said Tibbals.

“It (the rub) really gives it a good flavor,” Tibbals said. “Cooking it in that style really makes it real moist. ”

The contest was hosted by Sen. Tom Rielly and included five entries, which included pulled pork and rib dishes. Among the contest’s five judges were Rep. Eric Palmer and Oskaloosa Police Lt. Troy Boston.

Each entry was based on a 100-point system, 75 of which accounted for each entry’s taste, flavor, juiciness, tenderness, if the meat was over- or under-cooked and texture. The remaining 25 percent of each entry’s score was based on the presentation or overall appearance of their dish.

“They’ve got some great-looking dishes set up,” remarked Rielly at the onset of the competition. “This is fantastic food. This is a high-callibre contest going on right now.”

Saturday’s competition was sponsored by the Oskaloosa Herald, Fareway and the Southern Iowa Fair Board and found Nathan Pickrell’s entry earning reserve champion status.

Following the competition, plates of food featuring all five entries were auctioned off, with some of Tibbals’ offerings earning bids higher than $20. All proceeds from the auction went toward the Southern Iowa Fair Building Fund.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com

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