Best barbeque named during Rotary’s annual challenge
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 — Several cooks accepted the challenge to test their barbeque skills and entered the third annual Backwoods BBQ Challenge hosted by the Westwood/Lake Almanor Rotary on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Albert Vagas, who headed the team Vagas Double Down BBQ, was the overall winner. Doug Bonneville, of Chef Boy R Doug, was second and Dusty Vaughn, of Dusty’s BBQ, was third. Vagas also received the taster’s choice trophy.
All competitors prepared ribs, chicken and tri-tip during the event held on the grounds of the Double G Ironhorse Saloon in Westwood. Charcoal, wood or gas grills could be used to prepare the meat as well as smokers. Samples were presented to the judges in a blind tasting and first-, second- and third-place winners were selected in each division. Also, tickets for tasting the contestant’s barbeque were sold and these tasters cast their vote for taster’s choice.