First Wins for Ad Astra BBQ!

After four years on the competition trail, Ad Astra BBQ team won first place in sausage and first place in chicken.

The event was a non-sanctioned contest held by the Hy-Vee grocery store in Topeka, Kansas. 15 teams entered the contest, some of them regulars on the KCBS competition circuit.

Of particular note was the return of Charlie Albert of Albert's Ash Kickin' BBQ who, after a massive stroke about six months ago, returned to competition to kick everyone's butt and take Grand Champion.

As always it was a mental and physical challenge - however the one day format was particularly difficult with some teams rising as early as 3AM to make it to the competition.

Thanks to Hy-Vee, Ken Johnson and all the people who helped make this a great event.