‘Poosa Q brings BBQ excellence back to Montgomery this weekend

In 2019, when Tim Evans heard about the first ‘Poosa Q at Wind Creek Montgomery, he and some of his north Alabama BBQ cooking buddies were a little hesitant to sign up.

It seemed too good to be true.

“They were offering so much money, it almost sounded like this was going to be a joke,” Evans said.

Fortunately, he decided to sign up anyway.

“We got down there, and I’m telling you, this is the best BBQ competition I’ve ever been to in my life,” said Evans, a Huntsville police officer who has competed since 2013. “It didn’t take long for the word to spread that this is one of the best BBQ competitions, I’d say in the country, but definitely in the Southeast.”

Thin Blue Swine of Huntsville is the Backyard Grand Champion of the first 'Poosa Q in 2019 at Wind Creek Montgomery.

Evans’ BBQ team Thin Blue Swine became 2019’s Backyard Grand Champion, and on the pro side the Grand Champion team was Under The Radar. They’ll both be back this weekend. In all, there are 128 teams (76 pro and 52 backyard) scheduled to compete Friday and Saturday for a share of $75,000 in cash and prizes.

“They treat the people so good,” Evans said. “It was an amazing time, and we’ve all been saying we can’t wait to get back.”

An aerial shot of 2019's 'Poosa Q at Wind Creek Montgomery.  It returns Friday and Saturday.

Along with the BBQ competition, Wind Creek Montgomery is hosting a free public festival Friday and Saturday, with live music, cooking demonstrations, live carvings, silent auctions, food trucks and vendors. They’re also giving away a BBQ package with a grill, cooler, and gift certificates.

“’Poosa Q is the perfect way to kick-off summer with our community,” said Jake Carlton, general manager at Wind Creek Montgomery. “We have vendors, competitors, and visitors attending from all over the United States.”

This weekend is the second ‘Poosa Q. Pandemic conditions canceled plans for it in 2020 and 2021.

'Poosa Q is a BBQ festival and competition open to the public on Friday and Saturday at Wind Creek Montgomery.

Talking with 2019’s backyard champ

Evans said the past couple of years have slowed things a lot for him in the BBQ competition world. Along with the pandemic shutting events down, the price of gas and meat has been on the rise. Last year, Evans did 3 BBQ contests, and this year he’s had two so far.

“I was blessed a couple of weeks ago,” said Evans. “In a field of 56 teams, I came in third.”

Tim Evans, left, with some of his 256 BBQ buddies and their trophies at the 2019 'Poosa Q at Wind Creek Montgomery.

His BBQ team’s name, Thin Blue Swine, was his daughter’s suggestion. It honors a family tradition of serving in law enforcement. Evans and his wife, who will both be at ‘Poosa Q this weekend, each retired from Huntsville Police before going back into service again part time. Both Evans’ grandfather and father were police, and his son-in-law is also one. Evans also has a firefighter son and a daughter who is a nurse.

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