- Published on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 22:44
- Written by Super User
Large crowds of people braved cloudy, cold and windy weather on Saturday January 25th, to take part in the annual Step Up for Soldiers Backyard BBQ fundraiser. Contestants worked throughout the night Friday slow cooking their secret recipes for pulled pork BBQ.
This past Friday 30 grilling teams made their way to the Carolina Beach Lake where they spent a frigid night preparing their secret recipe to the “best” bbq in town!
On Saturday at 9:30am the gates opened for the 3rd Annual Step up for Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off “Where the BBQ Meets the Beach.” Luckily temperatures were perfect for taste testing making the event another huge success!
This year’s participants are as follows in order of final judging. Cajun Q, QN4U, Double Barrel BBQ, Cee’s BBA: Port City Smokers, High Tide Lounge, Banker’s BBQ, Got-Em-On, Eight Point BBQ, Bean Can BBQ, Team John Boy & Buckyboo, Walker’s BBQ, Hog Havoc, Intracoastal Realty, Kerwick Painting, Chubby Chuck’s Smoking BBQ, K’Vegas Trio, Bobby Q & Carla Too, Low N Slow BBQ, 1600 Block Pit Crew: St. Paul’s UMC, Kings of Q, Jim Davis, River Road BBQ Squad, Good Ole Boys’ BBQ, Beer A Cuda, Papa Bob’s Big Bad BBQ and the Carolina Beach Blue Liners.
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. For more information follow Step Up for Soldiers on Facebook or visit them at www.stepupforsoldiers.org.