Big Papa’s Country Kitchen Wins 2011 Smokin On The Suwannee BBQ Festival

Back to Grand Champion Form, Big Papa’s Country Kitchen took top Grand Champion honors at the 2011 Smokin’ on the Suwannee BBQ Festival in Live Oak, FL.

Big Papa's Country Kitchen Grand Champion Live Oak FL 2011

Photo Credit: The Florida Bar-B-Que Association

Run by Mr. Damon Wooley of the Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia cook team, this Florida Bar-B-Que Association sanctioned event attracted 48 Pro BBQ cook teams, including Myron Mixon’s Jack’s Old South.

In BBQ Smoker Land: Good Things Happen to Good People 

The BBQ world is filled with great folks, and that’s one reason I love writing about it.  Squarely in the top quadrant of the people I’ve had the pleasure to meet is Mr. Dana Hillis, Pit Master for Big Papa’s Country Kitchen.  I had the chance to sit and have a beer with him outside of his cook trailer over at this year’s Cocoa Village, FL cook off.  I mentioned that I was good friends with Big Papa Clark, Jason, Dorsey, and the rest of the Team Unknown BBQ crew and you should have seen Dana’s face light up.  Hey then said, “They’re great folks! Grab a beer and sit a while!,”  and it was like we’d known each other for years.

Team Unknown BBQ 2010 Smokin on the Suwannee Grand Champion

Photo Credit: Smokin’ on the Suwannee Website

By the way, Dana’s good buddies over at Team Unknown BBQ Took Grand Champion honors at this event last year!   I know they’re very happy to see Dana take this win.

Congratulations to Dana for this win.  Well deserved, sir!

If you want the full skinny on this event, check out the Contest Page over at the Florida Bar-B-Que Association website.