Main Street Lincoln barbecue champions

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Saturday was the perfect day for a barbecue competition. The skies were a bit cloudy and the temperatures a wee bit cool. It made for the perfect day to walk the streets of Lincoln, absorb the wonderful smells of smoked meats on a grill, and indulge in several samples.

The second annual Honest Abe's Barbeque Cook-off wrapped up around 3 p.m. with the awarding of prizes. Winners were determined by a panel of judges who sampled dishes of chicken, spare ribs, fresh pork side and Boston butt. Awards were given for second, first and grand champion overall, plus there was a people's choice award.

Trophies were sponsored by Graue Inc. Charlie Lee of IGA sponsored the grand champion prize money.

Pictures by Nila Smith


Ribbons and trophies stand ready to be presented.


Bob Verderber offers recognition and thank-yous to area businesses for their support, as well as to those who served on the judging panel.



Chicago Street Rentals took first place in the chicken category.

The S & W BBQ Crew took second in chicken and Boston butt and landed a first in spare ribs.


Bonaparte's Grillers placed first in the fresh side and Boston butt categories.



The Flying Pink Pigs landed seconds in spare ribs and fresh side and walked away as the winner of the people's choice award.



Amid cheers and glad-handing from competitors, Mario Bonaparte heads to the frontů accept his grand prize overall trophy.




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