Low and slow: Teams compete in annual Vista BBQ Classic

Low and slow: Teams compete in annual Vista BBQ Classic
BBQ enthusiasts fill the streets of downtown Vista on Saturday. Photo by Tony Cagala

VISTA — Touted as “San Diego’s largest BBQ competition,” 42 BBQ teams brought their best chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket for prestige, cash prizes and bragging rights to downtown Vista for the annual Vista BBQ Classic on Saturday.

The event, which is an official Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contest, saw Phoenix, Ariz., based Rhythm ‘n QUE take home the Grand Championship.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is the world’s largest barbeque and grilling organization with more than 20,000 members around the world.

The Thank The Lard BBQ team out of Anaheim, Calif., took the best chicken award. The best ribs award went to Hickory and Spice BBQ team from Tustin, Calif. Best pork and brisket awards went to Rhythm ‘n QUE. The full list of placings can be found here.



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