71 cookers ‘smoke em’ in Thorndale
Seventy-one barbecue teams from around Central Texas stepped up to the pits Saturday, but in the end it was a local Thorndale team that captured top honors in the 22nd annual Thorndale VFD Barbecue Cookoff.
“ Double A Cookers & a B,” led by pitmaster Russell Niemtschk won the best overall category, compiled by adding points from individual divisions.
Second overall was Dirty BBQ, led by Matt Perez of Granger. Third was Czexicans 2, Terry Skrhak of Taylor.
The 2012 cookoff was held under near 100-degree temperatures and featured dances, a baseball tourney, washer and horseshoe tourneys and was preceded by the annual Miss Thorndale Revue, won by Kelbi Kovar.
Results of all events were listed as follows:
1st—Double A Cookers & a “B”, Russell Niemtschk, Thorndale.
2nd—Spanky’s Gang, Craig Jordan, Thorndale.
3rd—Gen-U-Wine Cookers, Carter Travis, Thorndale.
4th—Motley Cue, Jerry Meadors, Thorndale.
5th—Just a Kruse’N, Floyd Kruse, Rockdale.
6th—Blinde Kuh, Brian Fisher, Thorndale.
7th— Czexicans 2, Terry Skrhak, Taylor.
8th— Czexicans 1, Terry Skrhak, Taylor
9th— DDR BBQ, Ron Reid, Florence.
10th—CD Sky BBQ, Skylar Vasquez, Round Rock
1st—Trainees, Devin Fisher, Thorndale.
2nd—Dirty BBQ, Matt Perez, Granger.
3rd—Nazarenes BBQ, Norm Ebeling, Georgetown.
4th—Double A Cookers & a “B”, Russell Niemtschk, Thorndale.
5th—Howzurmominem 1, Rodney Huband, Thorndale.
6th—Smokin’ Pistols, Jason Ramirez, Thorndale.
7th—Spanky’s Gang, Craig Jordan, Thorndale.
8th—Bite the Bullet, Kathy Quinney, Rockdale.
9th—BBQ Pimps, Shannon Bishop, Thorndale.
10th—Under the Influence, Hank Smith, Elgin.
1st— Czexicans 2, Terry Skrhak, Taylor
2nd— Under the Influence, Hank Smith, Elgin.
3rd—Dirty BBQ, Matt Perez, Granger.
5th—All In The Family. Daniel Pitts, Taylor.
6th— PO Boys, Danny Pratt, Salado.
7th—Loco Gusanos, Garrett Morton, Thorndale.
8th— Czexicans 1, Terry Skrhak, Taylor.
9th—Bite the Bullet, Kathy Quinney, Rockdale.
10th—Double A Cookers & a “B”, Russell Niemtschk, Thorndale.
Jackpot cook’s choice
1st— Czexicans 1, Terry Skrhak, Taylor.
2nd— Blinde Kuh, Brian Fisher, Thorndale.
3rd—Double A Cookers & a “B”, Russell Niemtschk, Thorndale.
4th—Weekend Warriors, Syrissa Balusek, Taylor.
5th—Blinde Kuh, Brian Fisher, Thorndale.
6th— CD Sky BBQ, Skylar Vasquez, Round Rock.
8th—Spanky’s Gang, Craig Jordan, Thorndale.
9th—Motley Cue, Jerry Meadors, Thorndale.
10th—Hywind Yella-Catters, Clayton Louve, Granger.
Jackpot pinto beans
1st—Blinde Kuh, Billy Biar, Thorndale.
2nd—Lone Star Beer, James Mondrik - Cameron.
3rd— Hawg Trough, John Ramirez, Thorndale
4th—Trainees, Devin Fisher, Thorndale.
5th— Michna Tribe, Ronnie Michna, Taylor.
6th—Weekend Warriors, Syrissa Balusek, Taylor.
7th—DWI Dudes, Creig O’Brien, Thorndale.
8th—Budweiser, Glenn Wernli, Temple.
9th—Czexicans 2, Terry Skrhak, Taylor.
10th—Just a Kruse’N, Floyd Kruse, Rockdale.
1st—Weekend Warriors, Syrissa Balusek, Taylor.
2nd—Just For Fun, Kenneth & Ruby Engelke, Rockdale.
3rd— BW Burners, Ross & Lauren Towery, Cameron.
1st—Howzurmominem 1 & 2, Rodney Huband, Thorndale.
2nd—Topless Grills “Red Solo Cup”, Tami Kovar, Thorndale.
1st—Blinde Kuh, Brian Fisher, Thorndale.
1st—Double A Cookers & a “B”, Russell Niemtschk, Thorndale. 2nd—Dirty BBQ, Matt Perez, Granger. 3rd—Czexicans 2, Terry Skrhak, Taylor.
“42” DOMINO TOURNAMENT
1st—Marty & Brandon Irwin, Thorndale.
2nd—Justin Jones, Angleton, and Thomas Ahrens, Hutto.
1st—Tommy Valenta and Gene Meyer, Austin.
2nd—Nick and Thomas Montelongo, Rockdale.
3rd— Rabbit and Amellio Martinez, Belton.
ADULT WASHER TOURNEY
1st—Kole McCoy and Dillon Bankston, Thorndale.
2nd—Tyler Jordan and Brandon Irwin, Thorndale.
3rd—Paxton Jordan and Weston Fisher, Thorndale.
1st—Shockers, Taylor. 2nd—Overrated, Apache Pass, Downtown Texas. 3rd—Freaks, Georgetown. 4th—WAC, Round Rock.
MISS THORNDALE PAGEANT Miss Thorndale—Kelbi Kovar (sponsored
by Sassy Up); runner-up, Kristen Elizabeth Garza (sponsored by McDaniel Farms); Miss Photogenic (sponsored by Jocelyn Lewis, Rockdale Signs & Photography), Kelbi Kovar; Miss Congeniality (sponsored by McDaniel’s Custom Hay), Emily Sierra Garza; Beautiful Hair Award (sponsored by Linda White of Darrell’s Barber Style & More), Emily Sierra Garza. Miss Toddler—Cheyenne Faith Stevenson; finalist, Kinley Joy Spears. Miss Tiny Tot—Kaci Jo Newton; finalist, Alexis Stewart. Master Tiny Tot— Bradley Richard Pitts. Tiny Miss— Karstyn Lorine Cargill; finalist, Aiyanna Grace Stevenson. Little MIss—Natalie Newton; finalist, Hope Jean Vickers. Junior Miss—Rainey Nicole Buchanan; finalist, Meagan Newton. Junior Miss Thorndale—Amy Wuensche; finalist, Madilyn Paulette Morton.