Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship results 2013

The Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship took place this past weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (10/26/2013). Marilyn and I were fortunate to be judges.

In the short video below (1:28), I’m basically panning around the area of the judges table and including some of the competitors. The huge crowds you see in the background are coming from the Annual Sea Witch Festival – a parade of sillyness that is somehow related to Halloween. 🙂

The Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship 2013

There were 17 different restaurants and hot sauce makers competing for best wings in the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship. Each competed in up to 3 categories, although most bowed out of the final Best Presentation entry.

Marilyn and I sat among 12 other judges at a long table, that was smack dab in the middle of a main pedestrian path from the Avenue (Rehoboth Beach’s main drag) to the Boardwalk. To say it was crowded and hectic is an understatement.

Judging Table underway

photo: Melissa Pritt

The fourteen judges were given a verbal presentation from the entrant, wings were passed out, and our judging and scoring began. We awarded up to 30 points total for each entry. Based on the timing of submissions and number of contestants, we did not have a lot of time between each entry. Scribbling notes, tasting, and keeping up with the fast pace of the wings that were coming at us, we did the best we could to keep up.

It was frenetic fun, and the immense variety of wings we got to sample was amazing. Some of our favorites, off the top of my head, were, loaded potato skin wings, jalapeño popper stuffed wings, black cherry soda wings, parmesan crusted garlic wings and Mayan Chocolate wings. I’m so sorry I don’t have pictures of those incredible concoctions! (When your hands are covered in sauces and spices, and you’re writing notes, it’s hard to get pictures).

Here is our host and MC, Chip Hearn of, laying out the ground rules (there were no rules) and introducing the judges (3:45). Filmed from my vantage point about midway of the judges table, that is Marilyn directly in front of me, to my right was Steve Chambers, and to my left was Eric Grant.
The bloggers were assembled at one end, the radio media at the other, and in between were various other wing aficionados.

Next up, a short video of Johnny McLaughlin of explaining his “deconstructed wings” for the Best Presentation category. Those cubes used to be wings!

Here are the Winners in each category

Huge thanks to Georgia Leonhart, publicist, for filling in the blanks of all the winners here. Thank you Georgia!

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The Best Wings Presentation:

1st PlaceBethany Blues Restaurant – popsicle style wings wrapped in bacon and topped with smoked jalapeños
2nd Place – for the “dragon” wings presentation – created by Chef Jared Martin
3rd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns’ Johnny McLaughlin for his deconstructed wing “cubes” with coconut garnish and sriracha style sauce
– 4th – The Starboard Restaurant, Dewey Beach
– 5th – Port Restaurant, Dewey Beach

The Most Unusual Wings:

1st Place – Heartbreaking Dawns – Johnny McLaughlin – Mayan Chocolate wings with Blue Cheese Ice Cream
2nd Place – Bethany Blues, Lewes – Chef Rich Nofi – Whiskey Apple Cider Fall Spice BBQ Wings
3rd PlaceRehoboth Ale House – Momma T’s Pesto Pollo Wings
– 4th – High River Sauces – Steve Seabury – Mothra Wings
– 5th – Obis One – Black Garlic wings

The Best Wings:

1st Place – Port Restaurant, Dewey Beach, Delaware – Sweet Chili Wings with Mango Habanero
2nd Place – – Chef Jared Martin – Improv wings – BBQ, mustard, garlic
3rd PlaceKick n’ Chicken – Chef Scott Saucier – Tazmanian Wings –
– 4th – Rehoboth Ale House – Chef Jodi Sowersby – Garlic Butter Parmesan Wings
– 5th – Rehoboth Seafood Market – Chef Brock Hutchison – Tequila Chipotle Lime Wings

The Overall Delaware State Champion Winners are:

1st Place – Bethany Blues Restaurant – Bethany Beach, Delaware
2nd Place –
3rd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns
– 4th – Rehoboth Ale House
– 5th – Rehoboth Seafood Market

Pics from the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship 2013

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Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship

Competition will be fierce for the title of Delaware State Chicken Wing Champion. The competition gets underway Saturday October 26, 2013 with over 25 contestants competing in 3 categories – Best Wings, Most Unusual Wings, and Best Wings Presentation.

Wing entries

Wing entries from past competition

The Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship

Wing it at Sea Witch

The chicken wing cook-off for State Champion will take place smack in the middle of the insanity and costumed silliness that is the 24th Annual Sea Witch Festival (a family oriented, slightly organized parade of costumes, floats and other Halloween shenanigans). That “Wing it at Sea Witch” slogan is a great, unintended tie-in to the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship competition, is it not? Thank you Sea Witch um… witches!

Sea Witch parade

The Sea Witch parade – shenanigans I say!

Wing sauce makers and local chefs (see below) will gather in front of The Ice Cream Store at 6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to impress a roster of judges that include local media personalities from radio, print, TV and internet, as well as local politicians.

Scheduled to judge will be (among others) Patricia Talorico – News Journal, Andrew Koch – WGMD Radio 92.7, Mark “Petch” Petchey – WAFL Radio 97.7, Kelli Steele – WXDE 105.9, Rafael Orlando – WYUS 930am, Senator Ernie Lopez, Mayor Sam Cooper – Rehoboth Beach, Mayor Diane Hansen – Dewey Beach, Brian Keene – WBOC TV, Rehoboth Foodie –, Al “Buddah” Goldenberg –, and Marilyn & Brian Meagher –

Press Release:

What: Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Where: During the Sea Witch Festival – in front of The Ice Cream Store at 6 Rehoboth Ave and the Boardwalk – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Delaware Wing Championship sponsors

Co-sponsored by Mountaire Farms, The Ice Cream Store and

World Champion Chicken Wing companies that will be challenging Rehoboth area restaurants:

Blair Lazar from Extreme Foods (Blair’s sauces) of New Jersey

Food Network star and maker of world champion sauces, John McLaughlin from Heartbreaking Dawns of New Jersey

Chopped TV Star and maker of world champion sauces, Steve Seabury from High River Sauces of New York

Cooking Channel star and maker of world champion sauces, Lisa Lloyd from Obis One Foods of New Jersey – specializing in Organic Black Garlic and maker of award winning rubs

John Rizzotti of Rippin’ Red – a Four Time National Champion Wing Sauces creator and winner of a Screaming Mi Mi for Best Habanero Hot Sauce at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Local restaurants that will be competing (as of press time):

Kevin Roberts from Bethany Blues Restaurant – Delaware State Ribs Champion / Delaware State Wing Champ

Charlie Pollard from Kickin’ Chickin’ – Delaware State Wing Champion

Chip Hearn from – World Pulled Pork Champ / Multiple World sauces champion

Update 10/17/2013: Also scheduled to compete:

Dominic Pandolfino from The Starboard Restaurant, Dewey Beach. Chef Inton Mouynivong of Port Restaurant, Dewey Beach. Robert Parker of Wings to Go, Dewey Beach. Buffalo Wild Wings, Rehoboth. The Pond, Rehoboth. Zoggs Raw Bar & Grill, Rehoboth. Modern Mixture, Rehoboth. aMuse, Rehoboth. Arenas Deli & Bar, Rehoboth. Summer House Saloon, Rehoboth. Jakes Seafood House, Rehoboth. Casa Dileo, Rehoboth. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, Rehoboth. Dogfish Head, Rehoboth. Cafe Azafran, Rehoboth. Purple Parrot Restaurant & Bar, Rehoboth. Gretchen Hanson of Hobos Restaurant and Bar, Rehoboth.

The competition will be open to all businesses that are current members of the Rehoboth Beach / Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. There is no fee to compete. Loan made super easy checkout our site.

Prior winners include Beachcomber Restaurant, Wings to Go, Irish Eyes and Starboard Restaurant.

Judging for the Delaware State Wing Championships will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. Judges will be national and local food writers as well as TV, radio and newspaper personalities.

The competition will be composed of three separate challenges. The winner of each challenge will be declared a Delaware State Champion and the overall winner will be crowned as THE overall Delaware State Champion.

As each dish is handed in, all competitors will be required to turn in an 8½ by 11 inch paper, listing the name of every entry and its ingredients, so that the media can fully report on the fantastic tastes. Each challenger will also be asked to explain their entry in detail to the judges.

Scoring will be on a thirty point system (where half points may also be used). A maximum of ten points for taste – a maximum of ten points for WOW factor – and a maximum of ten points for whatever the judge thinks points should be given (after all, there are no rules)!

All entries may be displayed on whatever plates, dishes, bowls or other contrivances you wish to use. Please include a small sign with the name of your wings with the entry. Please pay attention, because you, yourself, need to retrieve whatever you use. You must turn in a minimum of 25 “portions” for each event. Any items that the judges don’t consume will be eaten (quickly) by the crowd! The more portions that you enter, the better chance you have of a judge loving their second taste. If you wish to include sauces, dips, rubs, garnishes or any flair with the dish, please do so.

Because there will be so many entries, we would suggest that you attempt to be one of the first to turn in. Think of heat retention as well as the judges’ taste buds!

At 1:00 pm SHARP all contestants will turn in their concept of
Rules: there are none – the judges will have to answer the question, what, exactly, does the best wing taste like, look like, feel like and ?. We are looking for chef inspired wings that could grace the table of any restaurant!

At 1:45 pm SHARP all contestants will turn in their perception of
Rules: there are basically none. The Most Unusual entry can be based on taste, sauce, rub, cooking method or looks. It can be very visual and may be shown to the judges in any way. It can be anything that the chef things of!

At 2:30 pm SHARP all contestants will turn in their notion of
Rules: there are none – the judges must simply be amazed! Presentation ultimately means something visual or an impression that makes a judge want to reach out and eat the first wing. Any chef might want to re-enter a recipe from a previous category and to “jazz it up” somehow!

All of the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the judging of all three categories. Announcements will be made at the Bandstand at the end of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk.

Do you plan to attend the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship next Saturday? If so, leave a Comment below, and stop and say “hi” at the judges table!

Food Network Contest – Grill Mayor of 2012

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  • Assortment of Grill Mates products
  • Dinner for Grand Prize Winner and one guest at a Food Network’s chef restaurant in New York City
  • Two VIP access passes to a premiere New York City BBQ Festival
  • Tour of the Food Network kitchens in New York City
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Grill Mayor 2012 Contest

Grill Mayor 2012 Contest

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Steakhouse Onion Burgers with Grilled Potatoes

Grill Mates Steakhouse Onion Burgers

Steakhouse Onion Burger Seasoning seasons ground beef and potato wedges with savory garlic and onion flavors.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

2 medium red potatoes, pierced with fork
2 tablespoons McCormick® Grill Mates® Steakhouse Onion Burger Seasoning, divided
2 teaspoons oil
1 pound ground beef
4 hamburger rolls
Lettuce, tomato and condiments (optional)

1. Microwave potatoes on HIGH 7 minutes or until almost tender, turning potatoes over
halfway through cooking. Let stand 2 minutes. Cut potatoes into wedges. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the Seasoning and oil.

2. Mix ground beef and remaining 1 tablespoon Seasoning in medium bowl until well blended. Shape into 4 patties.

3. Grill burgers over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through (internal temperature of 160°F). Grill potato wedges 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned and grill marks appear. Serve burgers on toasted rolls. Garnish with desired toppings and condiments. Serve with potato wedges.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 439 Calories, Fat 19g, Carbohydrates 40g, Cholesterol 70mg, Sodium 970mg, Fiber 3g, Protein 27g
Printable PDF recipe

We grilled baby red potatoes on skewers, and made the burgers as “sliders”. Here’s how delicious ours turned out!

Our Grill Mates Steakhouse Onion Burger Sliders

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Beef Jerky Contest 2011 from Peppers and More

Beef Jerky Contest 2011 from

Do you make jerky that you think out-rivals the store bought variety?
Do you think your jerky is the best you have ever tired?
Do you think if there were a jerky competition you would win it?
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Contest: Make a Video for Cholula Hot Sauce and Win $7500

Calling all video hot sauce reviewers and aspiring video directors.

According to, a community of filmmakers, Cholula is sponsoring a video contest and will pay the winner $7500.

The contest began November 16th, 2010 and ends January 10, 2011.

Cholula is looking for a video, up to 60 seconds in length for use online. The goals are to create an even stronger bond between current users as well as to build awareness and drive purchase intent among new category entrants and competitive hot sauce users for all four flavor varieties, Original, Chili-Garlic, Chili-Lime and Chipotle. A major identifier of the brand is the iconic wooden cap. Consumers often say “Oh yeah, the hot sauce with the wooden cap”.

Cholula goes on to suggest:

Your video should be informal, energetic and fun. It should be real, emulating the brands positioning – premium, authentic and memorable. Keep in mind that the video should be suitable to family viewing, so make it full of flavor, but not SPICY. Stay away from overt Mexican themes, so no sombreros or maracas or Mexican music. It’s just too obvious.

Cholula chooses the winning video for the $7500 prize and Poptent will award five Editors’ Choice awards totaling $2,000. has all the details here.

I’m hoping to see one of our hot sauce community friends entering and winning this contest! Good luck!

Results of Pork In The Park KCBS 2010

Grand Champion: Chix, Swine & Bovine BBQ
Reserve Grand Champion: Serial Griller


  • 1st Place: Smokin’ Eddy’s
  • 2nd Place: Acme Brothers BBQ
  • 3rd Place: Lava Pigs BBQ


  • 1st Place: Fat Angel BBQ
  • 2nd Place: Good Smoke BBQ
  • 3rd Place: Hickory Prime


  • 1st Place: Serial Griller
  • 2nd Place: Smokey Bottom Boys
  • 3rd Place: Mr BOBO’s Traveling BBQ Allstars


  • 1st Place: PA Midnight Smokers
  • 2nd Place: Feeding Friendz
  • 3rd Place: 3 EYZ BBQ

Whole Hog

  • 1st Place: PA Midnight Smokers
  • 2nd Place: Heavy Hitters BBQ
  • 3rd Place: Hog Feathers BBQ

Anything Butt

  • 1st Place: Buckner Brothers Barbecue
  • 2nd Place: Backyard Burners
  • 3rd Place: Good Smoke BBQ


  • 1st Place: Burning Hot Unknowns
  • 2nd Place: Grandads BBQ
  • 3rd Place: Holy Hogs

UPDATE: The complete, official list of all 132 teams and places are here on the KCBS website.

If you are one of the winner’s listed above, feel free to contact us for a follow-up interview.

A big thank you to Burning Hot Unknowns BBQ Team for these results.

Congratulations to all the teams that competed, you are all winners!

First Annual Jerky Challenge Contest

Enter to Win Cash Prizes and a Trophy:
Grand Prize is a new Excalibur Dehydrator

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sent in via PayPal by 5/14. To see contest rules and additional
information, keep reading…

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Do you think your jerky is the best you have ever tried?
Do you think if there were a jerky competition you would win it?
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