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Bondurant, Ames team takes title at BBQ contest

Pictured are members of the champion Meadow Valley BBQ Co. team, (from left) Liz Bryant holding Ellie Bryant, 2; Josh Bryant; Penni Bryant holding Henry Bryant, 9 months; and Steve Bryant. (Photo by Marlys Barker)Buy Photo
Pictured are members of the champion Meadow Valley BBQ Co. team, (from left) Liz Bryant holding Ellie Bryant, 2; Josh Bryant; Penni Bryant holding Henry Bryant, 9 months; and Steve Bryant. (Photo by Marlys Barker)

A team from Bondurant and Ames won this year’s Nevada Kiwanis barbecue contest, which was the centerpiece of this past weekend’s Rockin’ Country Fest at the Story County Fairgrounds.

The Meadow Valley BBQ Co. team, made up of Steve and Penni Bryant and Liz and Josh Bryant, was Grand Champion out of the 15 teams that competed.

Steve Bryant said the winning ingredients are “teamwork, patience and love” for this team that has participated in about 14 competitions over the past few years. Steve was excited that the Nevada win qualifies the team for the American Royale BBQ Invitational, held in Kansas City this coming September.

The Meadow Valley BBQ Co. took first place in ribs, third place in brisket, third place in chicken and fifth place in pork this past weekend. Steve said the team’s strength has always been pork, as they were pork champions at the Jack Daniels Invitational Barbecue. Steve doesn’t think they’ve gotten worse at doing pork; he thinks the competition is just getting better.

Steve said his team enjoyed being part of the expanded Rockin’ Country Festival and barbecue contest this year in Nevada, which included great performers like Neil Hewitt, Danny Grause and the nedfender Band. “I hope their event takes off. I hope the town comes out and supports it,” Steve said.

The Nevada Kiwanis Club felt that the first year of the Rockin’ Country Fest was somewhat successful, according to member Tom Wissler. They also thought attendance may have been hurt by the sketchy weekend weather. One nice thing is that the club’s Lemonade for Eliminate stand raised $250 for the Eliminate Project, a global cause to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Wissler said the club will have discussions this year about how they want to do the barbecue next year, so residents should definitely stay tuned.

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