The Royal is a five-day-long event that consists of two contests. The first competition began Saturday, which required a team to have won at least one grand championship to be invited. The second one was Sunday, which was an open competition in which any bbq team was welcomed to participate. This year, there were 140 teams in the invite-only competition and 551 in the open. Smokin Hoggz BBQ- MA won the invite, while Cool Smoke won the open. Shake N’ Bake placed 84th in the invite and 6th in the open. This was a huge accomplishment for Shake N’ Bake.
There are four categories in which teams enter their meat. The categories are Pork ribs, Chicken, Pork butt, and Brisket. Shake N’ Bake placed 137th in ribs, 78th in chicken, 137th in pork butt, and 77th in brisket during the invite. When talking to Shake N’ Bake team member Terri about their box turn ins, she said,” We felt pretty confident.” And confident they should have felt. In the open competition, Shake N’ Bake shook things up a bit and received a first in brisket, 18th in pork butt , 170th in pork ribs, and 73th in chicken. When talking to team member Terri Scheer on the first place win in the open, she said, “We were totally pumped. It’s a shot in the dark competition with 551 teams, and you gotta get lucky to win.”
This would wrap up the 2014 bbq season for Shake N’ Bake; however, they will spend next weekend traveling to Centralia, Mo, for a fresh new start. Congratulations Shake N’ Bake! -by Molly Munsinger