Press Release: Port Moody Pit Master Wins 2nd Barn Burner BBQ

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[Chilliwack, BC] The second Annual Barn Burner BBQ Competition, presented in Chilliwack by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry was a huge success. Twenty-two teams competed for the grand championship which was captured by Port Moody BBQ veteran Rusty’s BBQ, who also received a perfect score in the pulled pork category. For full list of results please visit: 
Rusty Johnson, Rusty’s BBQ owner and grand champion of the 2nd annual Barn Burner BBQ. 

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The 2016 competitive BBQ season kicked off on March 20 in Chilliwack BC, at the Farm Store with the 2nd Annual Barn Burner BBQ Competition, presented by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry. More than 2,700 meat lovers of all ages took in the family festivities and enjoyed free samples of delicious slow-cooked meat, purchased take home treats from vendors, and participated in free activities including a climbing wall, and face-painting while listening to live performances by local band K-O’s.

Admission was by donation, with more than $4,000 collected to support The Full Cupboard, a community program aimed at raising food, funds and awareness for the issue of hunger in local communities. This event benefited the Chilliwack Salvation Army food bank. 

A cool day was warmed by hot competition as 22 teams from across the Pacific Northwest, Alberta, and Saskatchewan traveled to compete. With visiting Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) head judges Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh leading a local team of certified judges, Rusty’s BBQ, Port Moody, took home the grand championship, after achieving the highest total points in all four competition categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork Shoulder (pulled pork) and Beef Brisket. Grand champion winner Rusty’s BBQ also received a coveted ‘180 Pin’ from the KCBS for a perfect score for their pulled pork entry. A bonus Black Box category allowed the teams to show off their creativity with mystery ingredients: duck breast, pork loin, sushi rice and tarragon.   

Brown Chicken, Brown Cow, from Hayden, Idaho, took home the title of Reserve Grand Champion (2nd Place), and the winner of the Black Box competition is The Smokin’ Grill Next Door, from Surrey, BC. Full results can be found for the first KCBS competition in 2016 here:

While the Barn Burner BBQ Competition and its prizes was presented by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, the event was partnered and organized by Well Seasoned Gourmet Food store, with additional support provided by Greystone Promotional Products, West Coast Reduction LTD, Chilliwack Progress, Envision Financial, Grand Pappy’s Home Furniture, Big Green Egg and Hi Pro Feeds. For the full list of teams, partners and sponsors, please visit


“I am thrilled with this win! It was really unexpected. I had nerves all day so I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the scores I needed, but it all came together so I am very happy. The best part is that we’re all friends on the BBQ circuit so you cheer for them and they cheer for you. It’s been a great day.” -Rusty Johnson, Rusty’s BBQ, 2nd Annual Barn Burner BBQ grand champion

“Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry and The Farm Store enjoys hosting the Barn Burner BBQ. As this is our 2nd year, we took what we learned last year to make this year’s event even better; and it turned into a really fun day for the competitors, the public and for us. We have a great working relationship with Johnston’s and it is a pleasure to partner with them to put together an event where you can see everyone enjoying themselves.” -Carol Dick, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry

 “Johnston’s loves working with The Farm Store to bring the Barn Burner BBQ to BC. We have a great partnership with them that comes to life during this event that also brings awareness to local businesses and sustainable farming practices. There is a great educational component to the Barn Burner which is wrapped up in a fun-filled family day.” -Bonnie Windsor, Johnston’s Pork

 “It never ceases to amaze me how generous and willing our communities are in supporting local charities. We would not have been able to raise $4,000 for the Full Cupboard without the Envision volunteers or those in attendance opening their hearts to the cause. These donations will benefit the Chilliwack Salvation Army food bank, which gives them three times the purchasing power with cash donations! Thank you to all who donated cash and non perishables.” – Leona Clifford, branch manager, Envision Financial