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 Smokin’ Times
Official newsletter of the
The mission of the California Barbecue Association is to teach, enjoy, preserve, and promote barbeque as a true American food. To help various children’s charities in California by conducting barbecue events throughout the state of California.
  Team of the Year ToY
TOP 10 as of 6/5/2021 1) Big Poppa Smokers 2) B’Mackin
3) Meat Candy Q
4) Mudville BBQ
5) Burnin And Lootin
6) Simply Marvelous BBQ 7) Bull Market BBQ
8) Old Town Franklin BBQ 9) Lady of Q
10) Hickory and Spice BBQ
Board of Directors
Craig Yeszin, Tom Gearhart, Kyle Casazza, Rick Mysse, Stephen Biggs, Dennis Daniel, Melanie Price, Matt Bergen
Craig Yeszin,, VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Gearhart, Treasurer
Jim Kirchner, SECRETARY
Melanie Price,
Non-BoD Appointees
Eric Gorham, MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR Marcia Montgomery, Business Membership
Tracy Allen, SMOKIN’ TIMES EDITOR Kathleen McIntosh,
         CBBQA Yearly Membership
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  A Salute to the
Grill & Chill
For an all-American holiday like Memo- rial Day, there’s truly no better way to commemorate our fallen heroes than with an all-American BBQ competition.
Big Bear Lake’s annual Grill and Chill BBQ festival was back and bigger than ever after missing out in 2020. This year’s event partnered with the Big Bear Lake Beer Festival combining siz- zling BBQ with ice cold brews from some of California’s top craft breweries. With names like Stone Brewing Co, Bottle Logic, and Alosta in the mix, Visit Big Bear & SoCal BBQ Event MGT and Bones & Brews produced one of the best BBQ and beer pairings you could imagine! This is the second event for Big Bear Lake Brewing Festival after their inaugural event in 2019.
Spirits ran high at the two-day event that drew hundreds to The Village at Big Bear Lake. As one of the first events back to the Valley in over a year, the ex- perience could be described as a breath of fresh air.
The cook-off was part of the KCBS State BBQ Championship where Pit masters from across the states flocked to “the island in the sky” to barbeque their way to a cash prize and a people’s choice award. This year, Mudville BBQ was named Grand Champion with Big Papa Smokers taking away the Reserve Grand Champion spot. Jolley’s Bad to the Bone BBQ hit the spot with attendees
By Sara Schacht
and snagged the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row!
Attendees could kick back and enjoy live music as they chowed down. Visit Big Bear’s Director of Events, Will We- isfeld gets an A+ on the band line-up that featured the likes of Kings of Queen, a tribute to the iconic Queen quartet, and Love Reign, another trib- ute band for The Who.
The stage also welcomed Southern rock and blues band Robert John and the Wreck and Americana rockers The Brevet. These two groups have been growing in popularity up and down the west coast and have already established a loyal following around the world. In short, they did not disappoint.
“We are so proud of our staff, volun- teers, vendors, cooks, bands, and every- one who helped put on the 2021 Grill & Chill,” said Weisfeld, “it was so wonder- ful to see the community and our visi- tors come together to enjoy our first event in over a year.”
Noting the mask requirement in place inside the venue, Weisfeld added, “With public health moving in a positive di- rection, and now with a template for safely producing a large event, we are all looking forward to the future of events and family fun here in Big Bear Lake.”
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