Cameron Park Life

Bring out the bibs and wetnaps … it’s Rubstock time

Professional competition barbecue pitmasters will blow smoke over Cameron Park in September to benefit local organizations at the 2013 Rubstock BBQ Championship.

More than 40 pitmasters and their teams are scheduled to compete in the Sept. 13 & 14 event, which promises to be a groovin’ time in the foothills.

“These professional competition barbecue teams, one coming from as far as Nixa, Mo., will battle for bragging rights as the best Pitmaster at Rubstock and earn points towards becoming the Team of the Year on both the state and national level,” said Ed Anhorn, Rubstock contest organizer and event director.

This family event at Christa McAuliffe Park in Cameron Park features everything barbecue including professional and amateur barbecue competitions, tasting opportunities, on-site barbecue food vendors and barbecue-related products. Plenty of entertainment has also been scheduled throughout the two-day event including live cooking, grilling and smoking demonstrations, live music, a beer garden and a Family Fun Zone scheduled to feature a climbing wall, inflatable water slides and much more.

The interest in competition barbecue has grown exponentially due to the exposure brought by reality television shows. The Rubstock BBQ Championship is a four-meat contest featuring chicken, ribs, pork shoulder and beef brisket and is fully sanctioned by the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts, the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Recognizing barbecue as America’s Cuisine, the mission of KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form.

For an entry fee of $5 barbecue enthusiasts are invited to attend the event and interact with the competition teams on Friday evening from 4 to 10 p.m.

“This is a great and rare opportunity to get tips from professional barbecue pitmasters,” Anhorn said. “The teams will be participating in a Tri Tip Competition and a Cooking Challenge on Friday evening before they start smoking their competition meats. We’ll also have live music performed by The Fabulous Liars throughout the evening and the beer garden is scheduled to be open until 10 p.m. You can pick your favorite team on Friday evening and cheer them on during the competition and awards ceremony on Saturday.”

The Rubstock BBQ Championship competition area will reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m. Live music, the beer garden, food vendors and the Family Fun Zone will be ready to start the entertainment for a $5 entry fee. The teams will be fully engaged in the competition on Saturday morning as they focus on their final steps before “turn-in time,” which starts at noon and goes on every half hour until 1:30 p.m. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch the teams prepare their turn-in boxes for each of the four meat categories and to view the judging process as scores are recorded to determine the individual meat and overall winners. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. The competition area will be open to spectators until 6 p.m. Additional details on the schedule of events will be available on as they are finalized.

Rubstock has also received the designation as a California State Barbecue Championship Event by Gov. Jerry Brown and as a Team of the Year Event by the California Barbecue Association Board of Directors. Both of these designations help to attract the top California teams to compete in the 2013 Rubstock BBQ Championship which is produced by Ed & Heidi Anhorn, owners of Cameron Park based companies Big Bull BBQ Events & Productions and their restaurant Sierra Smokehouse BBQ & Custom Catering.

Big Bull BBQ Events and Productions is working in conjunction with local non-profit organizations, including the Food Bank of El Dorado County, the Cameron Park/Shingle Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Cameron Park Community Services District Foundation, to bring the Rubstock BBQ Championship event to Cameron Park.

For additional information on becoming a sponsor, competing as a team or participating as a vendor contact Ed at (916) 599-5095 or visit

Cameron Park Community Services District


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