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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Life on the Island “Bean Can Barbeque” Takes First Place in Second Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off held this past Saturday

“Bean Can Barbeque” Takes First Place in Second Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off held this past Saturday

“Bean Can Barbeque” took 1st Place.

This past Friday and Saturday Step Up for Soldiers brought BBQ back to the Beach for the Second Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off. Friday evening’s social got a little soggy but the dedicated chefs of the event camped around the lake braving the cold to serve up some of the areas finest BBQ. Saturday’s cook-off was a huge success bringing hundreds to the Island, 25 entries and several vendors all for a great cause.
As always only one winner can rein supreme and this year’s title goes to the “Bean Can Barbeque”, two brothers Mark and Steve Johnson of Wilmington. Last year’s first place winners “Crawdad Creek BBQ” husband and wife, Doc and Nancy Crawford of Boils Springs took second place. Third place went to “Slaw & Order”, another husband and wife duo Max and April Sussman owners of Carolina Beach’s Veggie Wagon! The rest of the top 10 is as follows: 4th: “8 Point BBQ.” 5th: “River Road BBQ.” 6th: “High Tide Lounge.” 7th: “Port City Smokers.” 8th: “Up in Smoke.” 9th: “Brace Yourself BBQ” who tide with “Intracoastal Realty.” Thanks to all for cooking, donating, tasting, eating & drinking and volunteering - you made this a successful and fun event! Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.  Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.  The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers.