Ryan Newstrom of the Big T'z Q Cru from Ames, Iowa, earned Grand Champion honors in the 22nd annual Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest according to the National Pork Board. Newstrom received the grand prize of $8,000. 

Randy Twyford of Twyford's BBQ & Catering, Jacksonville, Ill., earned Champion honors and received $2,500 for the top the prize in the Whole Hog category.

The annual pork barbecue contest held at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa featured 59 teams from 11 states. Of those, 18 were competing for the first time. Teams competed in one or more of the four categories. Cash prizes in the competition are awarded for first place through tenth places in each category, as well as the top four overall scores.

Reserve Grand Champion honors and $3,000 went to Todd Johns and Randy Hinck of Pork Pullin' Plowboys from Blue Springs, Mo. Each year, the top score from each state represented also is honored.

Back by popular demand was the Big Green Egg Scramble. Five teams were provided a basket of pork, which included a new pork cut, the pocket roast. They prepared their pork on a Big Green Egg grill for a chance to walk away as champion. Todd Johns of Pork Pullin' Plowboys from Blue Springs, Mo., received a Big Green Egg grill as the grand prize winner. 

"The Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest shows pork's versatility," said Brad Greenway, a pork producer from Mitchell, S.D. "This is another way to reinforce to consumers that pork can be a healthy, versatile product."

The Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and follows its rules and regulations.  Sponsors for the Great Pork BarbeQlossal contest included the National Pork Checkoff, Cargill Meat Solutions, John Boos Company, W&G Marketing, Big Green Egg, Electronic Engineering, Iowa Beverage, Pepsi America, Dibs Ice Cream, the Iowa Machine Shed, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Hy-Vee, Hormel Foods and Cookies Food Products.

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Source: NPB