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

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.

Grillers tend to sausages from Gourmet Sausages Grill on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaA girl rolls around in a human hamster wheel. Photo by Tony CagalaA metallic art sculpture oversees large crowds waiting in line for some barbeque from Dad’s Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ BBQ out of Rancho Cucamonga. Photo by Tony CagalaRyan McDonald, 3, takes a ride down a zipline ride at the Vista BBQ Classic. Photo by Tony CagalaA youngster gets some help entering a human hamster wheel. Photo by Tony CagalaA young girl gets some reassurances from her mom before rolling around in a human hamster wheel. Photo by Tony CagalaThe Lightnin’ Bugs Bluegrass Band performs on the mainstage of the Vista BBQ Classic. Photo by Tony CagalaTeam Yardpirates BBQ from Escondido draws a crowd on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaWhen Pigs Fly BBQ in Vista puts their best barbeque items out in the competition. Photo by Tony CagalaThe Porketeers BBQ team is on hand for the Vista BBQ Classic on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaGarrett Springsteen, right, part of the Yardpirates BBQ team, prepares some baby back ribs. Photo by Tony Cagala

 

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