Randall Bowman and Deep South Smokers BBQ from Cumming, Ga., captured first place honors in the Judge's Choice and People's Choice Competitions at the 2017 Ooltewah BBQ Brawl.
Mr. Bowman and his team earned $1700 in prize money and they gathered the Golden Ticket and automatic entry into the World Food Championships to be held Nov. 8-16, in Orange Beach, Al.
The World Food Championships is the largest Food Sport event in the United States with a total purse of more than $300,000.
Second Place in the People's Choice and Judge's Choice was Owls Nest BBQ.
Third Place in Judge's Choice was Shawn Causby of Choo Choo BBQ and Fourth Place in Judge's Choice went to Jim Brewer and Willie White IV of Two Twins BBQ.
Third Place in People's Choice went to Dennis Roby of Full Throttle BBQ and People's Choice Fourth Place was won by the reigning World Food Championships Chef Nick Thiers of Chef's BBQ.
The King of the Cul-de-Sac Steak Contest was won by Joe Gora of Signal Mountain. He picked up $500 for his winning New York Strip Steak. Second place was Ruth's Chris Steakhouse executive chef Roger Burrows. Elder's Ace Hardware Manager in Ooltewah Ray Ivey was third place in the steak competition.
Steak Contest winner Joe Gora also qualified for the World Food Championships with another Golden Ticket given to him by World Food Championships organizer Mike McCloud.