Fair’s Best BBQ belongs to San Bernardino man…again!


Congratulations go out to Jason Ward of San Bernardino, who — for the second year in a row — has taken home the Grand Prize for Best BBQ at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Jason’s “Big J’s Spare Ribs” earned him $300 for winning the Grand Prize, and also $100 for capturing the top prize in the Pork Class of the competition.

Judging took place September 5 at Wilderness Ridge, near the fair’s Home and Gardens pavilion. In addition to the Best BBQ contest, judges chose winners of the Best BBQ Sauce and Best Chili contests in the afternoon-long event. Judges also evaluated overall table themes of the competitors. Ward’s paid tribute to the Dodgers.

However, he picked a different L.A. team to describe his win, saying he felt “just like the Lakers with this repeat.”

Placing second in the Pork Class to Ward was Dan S. Kamps of Chino Hills with his Big Boy B.B.Q. Triple Pepper Pulled Pork Butt recipe. Jerry L. Perser of Winnetka was 3rd prize winner with his Baby Back Ribs.

Follow the jump to see the other winners that day.

Best BBQ – Fish: Robin L. Littlefield of South Pasadena won 1st prize for Maple/Rosemary Glazed Salmon (she also won in 2009). Kristine Burns of Las Vegas place 2nd with her Kris’ Fish Rub recipe.

For Best BBQ – Beef: 1st prize went to Bud Harte of Claremont for his Smoked Tri-Tip recipe. Another 2009 winner was Scott T. Cushman of Orange who placed 2nd for his Scott’s Gourmet Burgers with Carmerlized Onions. Joe Santana of Mar Vista (another winner in 2009) won 3rd prize for his Pineapple Meatloaf.

Best BBQ – Poultry Class: Marissa L. Sitz of Covina, 1st prize for her Marissa’s Monterey Grilled Chicken; Lynessa Allen of Alta Loma, 2nd prize for her Stuffed Turkey Breast Tenderloin; and Alfred Mora of Pomona, 3rd prize for his Sassy BBQ Chicken.

Best BBQ Sauce: 1st prize, Rab Smith of Lakewood for his BBQ Sauce; 2nd prize, John Sitz of Covina for his Piggly Wiggly Mop Sauce, and 3rd prize, John Lybrand of Chino Hills for his Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce.

Best Chili: 1st prize, Peggy Linberg of Upland for her Super Bowl Chili; 2nd prize, April Burton of Rowland Heights for her Mom’s Chili; and 3rd prize, Linnaeus N. Simkin of Pomona for his Best Chile Con Carne Ever.