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Shawn Braun, Bubba’s Que Crew, of Emporia, sells out of barbecue Friday night during the Taste of Osage City, where nearly 2,000 residents and visitors consumed around $12,000 worth of barbecue in just over two hours.

Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor

OSAGE CITY—A small cut in the number of teams this year had no perceivable effect on the 10th anniversary of the Smoke in the Spring State Barbecue Contest Friday and Saturday in Jones Park.

“Whatever adjective you want to use – fantastic, perfect – it was that,” said Smoke in the Spring Committee Chairman Cory Linton. “It definitely looked like there were more people this year.”

The Taste of Osage City boasted a record turnout, record sales and solid participation Friday night.

“The teams were blown away by the appreciation the community shows to support not just local teams, but area teams,” Linton said. “They sold barbecue bucks until 8 pm. From what I was told, teams cooked more and had a wider variety of menus.”

The night continued with solid sales at the Osage City Lions Club beverage fundraiser, along with pie, pop and T-shirt sales that pushed the BBQ Buck totals well over 12,000.

“A lot of local people from Osage City make sure to come back for this event every year,” Linton said. “I did notice an influx of new people down here this year. A lot of people were asking how things worked – if that’s the case, we’re getting new people to the event.”

Saturday saw the turn in, judging and awarding of the Smoke in the Spring barbecue contest, where Grillin’ Beavers, Thornton, Colo., took grand champion with a 685.7142 total score in the four Kansas City Barbecue Society classes. Pellet Envy, Leawood, placed second with a 682.8570, edging Lang BBQ Smokers, Georgia.

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