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Neal Dunker mans the smoker for his barbecue team, Dodge County Smokers. The North Bend native came up from Kansas City to compete in Morse Bluff and took home first place in both the pork butt and ribs competition.s

Cars, 'cue line Morse Bluff streets

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/15/22

Just the air in Morse Bluff Saturday was enough to make your mouth water.

The village hosted the second annual BBQ to the Max barbecue competition, with organizers saying the event drew about double the crowd of last year’s inaugural smoke off.

In conjunction with the barbecue contest on Ann Street, the North Bend Shriners hosted a Show-N-Shine car show around the corner on Second Street.

The smoke off drew 15 contestants. From noon to 3 p.m., while the contest meat still cooked, the various vendors served up appetizers ranging from smoked chicken thighs to jambalaya to bacon wrapped Oreos. The crowd voted on their favorite contestant based on those apps, with the local team named Junkyard Hogs taking the People’s Choice Award. Members were Stuart Hircock, Jordan Kremlacek and Jake Emswiler. Dodge County Smokers took second place.

The Dodge County Smokers came out as the big winner in the contest, taking first place in both the ribs and pork butt divisions. Neal Dunker and Eric Chvatal made up the team.

Evans BBQ earned second in the ribs division and Storman Norman of Dodge was second in pork butt.

The appetizers and people’s choice judging drew a crowd of more than 150 people, so much that organizers announced they were sold out about halfway through the scheduled time.

At 5 p.m. the public was served a meal of the competition meats.
Proceeds from the event, which was put together by Mike and Lisa Borer, went to support a couple causes.

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