Phenix City man gets bragging rights on BBQ

Phenix City man gets bragging rights on BBQ

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By Blenda Copeland

During the Whitewater Classic, three people competed in a barbecue cook-off for bragging rights and their name on a wooden paddle award.

Dennis Vaughn of Phenix City was this year’s champion.

It’s the first time he’s won an award like this. “I was proud of that,” Vaughn said.

“This is the second year that they’ve presented the award,” Vaughn said. Vaughn said last year, he didn’t participate, but this year he was invited to compete.

He served judges an assortment of ribs, chicken and sausage with his own secret mustard-based sauce. Vaughn wouldn’t hint about any of his sauce secrets – in case he has a chance to market it one day, he said with a smile.

The barbecue was tasted by three judges via a tallying system including taste, texture and appearance of the cooked meat.

“I started cooking at about 7 o’clock and was through about 11 a.m.,” Vaughn recalled.

“I cooked a case of ribs and five chickens, split down the middle, and three packs of sausage. I took nothing home but water and sodas.”

Vaughn was cooking for family and friends, and no tailgaters or competitors were allowed to sell food.

As for comments, Vaughn said he recalled one of the judges said his were some of the best ribs he’d tasted in a long time.

Vaughn intends to compete in next year’s competition.