Head on over to the 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) for flavorsome food, epic family fun, and a full day of festivities al fresco — and all while enjoying the best BBQ with the world-famous Queen Mary as your backyard!
Get your family and forks ready because the Queen Mary welcomes back the 5th annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) for a finger lickin’ afternoon full of barbeque grillin’ and fun on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whether you’re a barbecue aficionado, simply a foodie fan, or seek good ole family fun, the West Coast BBQ Classic offers something for everyone with delicious BBQ samples for only $2 each, backyard games, contests, a merchant market, and live music by the country sensation Scotty Mac Band. Plus, the whole family can join in on the fun, you can participate in the watermelon or cobbler eating contests, while children are invited to play at Kids Country offering games, a bounce house, face painters and potato sack races just for little BBQ fans.
The WCBC competition
The WCBC invites barbeque experts and amateur grill masters to take part in a classic showdown that will leave your taste buds filled with the unmistakable sweet ‘n smoky flavors of BBQ — and this fifth-annual competition will spotlight grill masters from around the country as they compete for the title of West Coast’s BEST BBQ so you can see, taste and experience this epic event first-hand. So let your taste buds rage over which barbecue style is king. Prefer Memphis to Texas or savory to sweet? You be the judge at the 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic.
The WCBC will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. The competition is an official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned, BBQ Championship and will bring Southern California’s most accomplished Champion Pitmasters together to compete for a $10,500 cash prize and the coveted title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion.
BBQ chat with Chef Rick Mysee
byteclay.com had the opportunity to speak with one of this year’s pit-masters, Chef Rick Mysee from Hickory and Spice BBQ located in Tustin, CA. Hickory and Spice BBQ is currently ranked number one in pork and number three in brisket for all of California! And they specialize in cooking and smoking all types of meat from pork ribs to chicken thighs and even beef briskets.
Chef Rick Mysee chats with byteclay.com about BBQ, his background, and what him and his team will bring to the competition.
Tell me about the West Coast BBQ Classic?
CRM: The Classic is produced by the best competition BBQ promoter in the nation, Arlie Bragg. His events always attract the best and brightest in the pro-BBQ world and that’s who will be there again this year.
How do you feel about the Queen Mary being such a unique and legendary venue?
CRM: It’s a bit nostalgic for me personally — I used to be in the graphic design and printing business and did a lot of work for the Queen Mary back in the 90’s. I even celebrated my 40th birthday there with a group of friends from as far away as Montana. One of my uncles went off to World War II aboard the Queen Mary. Today he is only one of two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders — so the Queen Mary probably means more to me than most.
What will you bring to the table at this years’ West Coast BBQ Classic?
CRM: Before I ever competed in BBQ, I ‘perfected’ a tri-tip recipe that became very popular. I’d venture to say it could be the best tri-tip most people have ever eaten. In addition, we will be serving our competition brisket, ribs and pork until they run out. I’m currently in first place in pork and third in brisket in California — so if I’m on my game that day it should be a memorable bite for people lucky enough to get it!
Tell me about your team?
CRM: Hickory and Spice is made up of three generations of Mysse’s (father, son and grandson) and a terrific guy named Alex. We have just passed our first anniversary as a team and have experienced amazing success on the pro-circuit. In 14 competitions we have 3 Reserved Grand Championships (including a month ago at the Sam’s Club National Tour qualifier in Tucson), 1 Grand Championship and a whole lot of trophies for first place in all four categories that we compete in. We just returned from Las Vegas and the Sam’s Club National Tour Regional where we were first place in pork, sixth in brisket for third overall and earned a spot at the finals this fall in Bentonville, Arkansas — one of the biggest prizes in BBQ!
How do you create the flavors for competition?
CRM: I started in pro-BBQ as a Kansas City BBQ Society certified judge. Over three seasons I learned what was considered excellence in BBQ and came to appreciate just how hard it is for the teams to consistently produce it. My ‘style’ is a combination of what I know the judges expect and what I like — but more on the expectation of judges overall.
You’re currently ranked number one in pork- what’s your secret for winning these bragging rights?
CRM: I have had great coaching from two outstanding competitors who will also be at the Queen Mary — Jerry Aguilar from Burnin’ and Lootin’ and Jason Miranda of Zzyzzx BBQ. They got me on the target and I have tried to keep perfecting it little by little. It’s still early in the season, but it would be a thrill for us to finish first in pork in California come December! But in order to do that, I have to stay ahead of Jerry and Jason and that’s not very likely!
What makes Hickory and Spice BBQ stand out from the rest?
CRM: There are so many outstanding teams in California/Arizona/Nevada that will be at the Queen Mary. I have a hard time believing we stand out at all. I guess us being the ‘new kids’ and having the success we have had early on is slightly unique but not unheard of.
Tickets and information
General value pack tickets are $20 each through April 30 and include event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After April 30 tickets increase to $25. VIP value pack tickets are $35 through May and include one-hour early event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After May 1 tickets increase to $40. Event parking is $15.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
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