Wild bunch butt burners
Kathy and I began cooking with a homemade cooker doing fund raisers for charitable events and organizations such as Relay For Life, United Cerebral Palsy, the local VFW and Toys for Tots at Christmas. United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile, Alabama wanted to start a KCBS bbq contest as a fund raiser. Not knowing what it was all about, a board member asked if we would take our cooker to Slidell, La. and cook in their contest. This took place in late 2001. We agreed along with a "team" of 5 UCP people, traveled to Slidell and won 4th place in Chicken. Thus the Wild Bunch BBQ Team came into being. We observed a few cook-offs around the southeast and then tried out our luck again. This time the contest was in Huntsville, Alabama in early summer of 2002. We came home with long faces!!!!!
Not much for quitting, we continued to travel up to 500 miles from home to cook in different events over the weekends and travel back home to Atmore, Alabama in time for work on Monday morning. Our team dwindled down from 5 to 1-2 members but we continued to add a few more events each year. We added a better cooker and an old model motor home. These proved handy for both our contest cooking as well as cooking for charity. In the year 2006 we added "Butt Burners" to our name. It was becoming obvious to everyone that the "Wild Bunch" was slowing down and concentrating more on competition cooking.
After several Reserve Grand Championships and a lot of disappointments, we won our first GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP in Maggie Valley, NC in the Fall of 2007!!!! The Wild Bunch Butt Burners won team of the year for Chicken out of over 4000 teams cooking Kansas City BBQ Society events and finished 1st place in ribs at the American Royal World Championship in Kansas City in 2008. We also won the "Alabama Governor's Cup" award in 2008 with the highest score for the year in Alabama contest and finished 2nd place in ribs the following year.
The next year our overall scores began to decline. After careful deliberation we attributed this to the quality of the products we were using to season our meats. Out of necessity we had to come up with something better. The best way to do this was to develop our own seasoning. After much trial and error, Wild Bunch Butt Burner All Purpose Seasoning was created. Our scores have improved significantly and some fellow cookers have been using our product and having excellent results.
The Wild Bunch Butt Burners continue to support local charities, especially the United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile, (our first cook for charity), the local VFW, the Humane Society, Toys for Tots, American Cancer Society, and any friend in the area that needs fundraising for a worthy cause. In addition, we continue to cook in 20-plus KCBS events a year.
Wild Bunch continues to cook several charitable events each year but with grand children now on the home scene we are only traveling to about 10 events each year.
SCHEDULE for 2016
March 18-19 Pensacola, FL
March 25-26 Hammond, LA
May 6-7 Huntsville, AL
May 28 Bass Pro in Spanish Ft. AL for cooking demo
June 10-11 Tryon, NC
August 5-6 Dillard, GA
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