We sent photography intern Melisa Oporto off with her camera and a mission to capture the atmosphere at the Blues, Bandits, and BBQ Festival in Oak Cliff last Saturday. Clyde Biggins was there, of course, waving roasted legs in the air and having a ball of a time. Kids played in the grass, blues bands sang under trees, and man’s best friends enjoyed the great outdoors. You could smell barbecue in the air. D‘s Creative Director Todd Johnson, who acted as one of the meat-eating judges, said he was blindfolded as he consumed forty pieces of chicken and pulled pork. Another table of judges had the honor of tasting brisket and ribs. When Todd sent me a list of all the winners (pasted down below), he said it made him burp just looking at the list. I don’t envy him, but you might after you take a look at Melisa’s photo essay.
Jump and drool. Go ahead, we won’t judge you.
1st Place – Davis Hawn Lumber
2nd Place – OC Master Basters
3rd Place – Tie between Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke & The Smoak Cliff Boys
1st Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s
2nd Place – Ego Brothers
3rd Place – Kings Highway Neighborhood Association
1st Place – The Smoak Cliff Boys
2nd Place – Heavy Metal Cooking Team
3rd Place – Ego Brothers
1st Place – Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke
2nd Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s
3rd Place – Rosemont Dad’s Club
1st Place – Texas BBQ Posse
2nd Place – Road Kill BBQ
3rd Place – Los Huevos Grandes
The winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award was the Texas BBQ Posse, with Los Huevos Grandes coming in second and Red Beard BBQ finishing third.