KCBS Team Bios
PHILLY BLIND PIG BBQYear Started: 2006
It all started for me in August 2005 with a phone call from my friend Steve from the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. He asked me to help cook ribs at a competition charity event run by Garry Maddox at Citizen?s Bank Park - I agreed. This was the first time I ever cooked ?real? BBQ. We used two $30 brinkman smokers and finished in the top 5!
We are now the greatest BBQ?ers in the world ... in our own minds. We upgraded our equipment to a couple of Weber Smoky Mountains and a Big Green Egg smoker, then planned our KCBS debut in 2006.
Our first competition was at ?BBQ on the Farm? in Bristol, PA. We finished 8th in ribs and dead last in brisket and had a great time. We also gained a new member to the team, Jack Rhubright, who I still cook with today. Mid-way through our 2006 season Jack and I officially changed our team name to Blind Pig BBQ. -Tom Bera
The origin of the name "Blind Pig" stems from the prohibition days in Chicago. A "Blind Pig" was an establishments that illegally provided alcoholic beverages. The saloonkeeper would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal), and provide a "complimentary" alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Most wins in a year: http://www.blindpigbbq.net/awards.htm
Biggest Wins: Reserve Grand Champion at 2007 NJ State BBQ Championship with 1st place ribs and 3rd place brisket.
August 8th, 2009 1st Place Ribs in the Pit Masters Division,
1st Place Ribs in Garry?s Rib Challenge! -- (Overall winner of the combined Pit Master and Restaurant division.)
Garry Maddox Ribfest - Citizen Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA