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It’s with a heavy heart and empty stomach that we’re forced to announce that Grillin’ On The Bay and the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown have been canceled for 2013.

The event, New York City’s only sanctioned barbecue contest, is another unfortunate victim of the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. While we worked hard – specifically, event organizer and Sheepshead Bites business manager Robert Fernandez worked hard – to get the event off the ground with a much shorter planning period than usual, a number of last minute challenges could not be overcome.

Initially, we were very optimistic, and Robert even began planning a number of extra features for the public to enjoy at the event. But the core – the grilling competition itself – confronted unexpected hurdles.

Many teams who have participated in the past were badly affected by the storm and unable to compete this year. In previous years we’ve seen approximately 20 teams coming from as far as Maine and Ohio – but many of these teams lived in areas swallowed up by the waters, winds and ferocity of Hurricane Sandy. We were able to secure less than half of the usual suspects – not enough to justify moving forward.

Furthermore, businesses in the area that supported us in past years are financially unable to do so as they struggle to rebuild. My thoughts and prayers are with them, the teams and our neighbors as we all try to get back to the new normal.

Without the teams, the event was a nonstarter, and the problem was compounded when our host informed us earlier this week of a paperwork problem that stood in the way of obtaining a necessary permit.

We do plan on bringing Grillin’ On The Bay and the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown back next year. We also plan on launching some exciting new features to the event that we had hoped to see this year – including a VIP tasting event and bourbon pairing, cooking demonstrations and more.

Our thanks go to all those in the neighborhood who showed support this year and in previous years, those of you who gave us tremendous feedback and spread the word to friends.

Our thanks also go to Bill Fletcher and Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue for offering to sponsor the event, and for going above and beyond to make the contest happen. Fletcher and his head chef Matt Fisher are producing the best barbecue in New York right now. Please be sure to visit the new restaurant at 433 Third Avenue in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. It’s worth a trip from anywhere.

Thanks also to the Brooklyn Brewery for their sponsorship of beer, both for the team and the public; and to Breuckelen Distilling for the sponsorship of whiskeys for the event.

Thanks to Michelle, Sandy, Terry, Andy and all the folks at the New England Barbecue Society for all their work supporting Grillin’ On The Bay.

We’ll see you there in 2014, and if there’s anything you’d like to see happen at next year’s contest, please let us know!

It’s back. New York City’s original barbecue and grilling contest is back, and so is the chili!

Come on out to Grillin’ On The Bay and the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown.

Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., the gates will open and thousands of hungry Sheepshead Bay residents  to a score of barbecue teams working their meats. Once the teams have got our neighbors salivating, visitors will get to feast on the award-winning barbecue of Three Men And A Baby Back, who just happened to win first place in Grilling at the Jack Daniels Invitational World Championship 2012.

But we’re not stopping there – check out the amazing ribs from Brooklyn’s newest barbecue joint,  Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue!

Still not satisfied?

Join in our People’s Choice Chili Smackdown. For only $10 you can sample and judge from some of the most outrageous chili every offered up in Brooklyn. You choose the winner of this contest!

Need something to wash it all down? What’s a barbecue without beer and bourbon?

Spend some time among the barbecue teams as they vie for cash, prizes, the New England Barbecue Society’s Team of the Year placement and the chance to compete at the world’s biggest and baddest barbecue contest, The World Food Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada! You may even spot a few people you’ve seen on the Food Network!

Don’t forget, Grillin’ On The Bay helps support St. Mark School in our own Sheepshead Bay.  Help one of our neighborhood’s oldest institutions recover after Superstorm Sandy! The event is free, but do a little shopping with our vendors and buy some food! And there will be many, many other surprises. Check it out.

Grillin’ On The Bay and the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown – Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Corner of Avenue Z and East 18th Street – rain or shine.

Photo: Crab and Brisket Burger by Smoke in da Eye

They tell me  you could smell the smoke from Grillin’ on the Bay at the train station on Saturday. I still smell like smoke; mixing and mingling with barbecue teams will do that to you. I like it.

Saturday’s Grillin’ on the Bay proved to be another great neighborhood event. About 1,500 people showed up to sample ribs, pulled pork parfaits, grilled burgers and hot dogs and imbibe some hops while cheering on the cooks.

Navigating the schoolyard with its vendors and teams proved to be an interesting experience. Three Men and a Baby Back were selling ribs,  pulled pork sandwiches, corn bread and soda. The school itself was selling hamburgers, hot dogs, pickles, snacks and soda. Befriend the teams and be in the right place at the right time and you could have eaten free. Timing is everything in life.

By mid-afternoon, the schoolyard was packed with teams and people poking around to taste the “left overs” as teams handed out tastes of their “rejects”, or the food not good enough to submit to the judges. One team, The Smoke’n Pit put out full trays of ribs and chicken wings for the public to sample. More than one person exclaimed in delight and wonderment, “If these are rejects, imagine what the judges are eating!”

Find out more about the event, and view the photo gallery of all the scrumptious foods!

Bayback Ribs - GOTB 2011 - Source: James Boo/

It’s back! On Saturday, March 24, NYC’s only BBQ contest, Grillin’ On The Bay returns to Sheepshead Bay. Twenty barbecue teams will fight for the title of NYC’s best barbecuer. Chili cooks will battle it out in the Brooklyn Chili Smack Down, a people’s choice event.

We heard your cry – THERE WILL BE BARBECUE FOR SALE!!! I’m being told that the award winning team of Three Men and a Babyback, (Babyback? Get it? Babybacks are a type of pork ribs), will be selling pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and returning with the pulled pork parfaits that were so popular last year. The three men will start serving at 11:00 am.

BBQ too heavy for you? The school will be grilling up hamburgers, hot dogs and maybe a few surprises.

The Brooklyn Chili Smack Down kicks off at 1:00 pm. Last year we had 25 different chili’s for you to try.  For only $10, you, yes you, the people of Brooklyn, get to try it all and choose the winner of the The Brooklyn Chili Smack Down.  This is democracy at its finest.

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Smoke billowed from St. Mark School’s yard (Avenue Z and East 18th Street) on Saturday, March 26, while chili and beer flowed freely inside the building itself. And now another Grillin’ On The Bay is over and done with.

View our wrap up, user photos, team scores and links to other coverage of Grillin’ On The Bay 2011.

Happy Sunday, everybody! We’re preparing a little wrap-up piece from Grillin’ On The Bay for tomorrow, which will have plenty of photos and videos we didn’t get to use in our live blog. If you’ve got photos or videos you’d like to see on the website, shoot them over to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Since the event, we’ve been getting tons of e-mails and calls for t-shirts. We sold out at the event – thanks to everyone who picked one up! – and are going to place another order in the next few days. The online price is $16.95 plus S&H ($3.00). If you want one, send an e-mail with “T-SHIRT” in the subject line to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com right away! Sizes available from extra small to XXXL.


The above Live Blog is being produced by Sheepshead Bites team members Angelina Tala and Ned Berke. Come join us at the event at St. Mark School on Avenue Z and East 18th Street!

I’m a huge fan of Grillin’ On The Bay. It’s not just that I’ve become good friends with the event organizer, Robert Fernandez, or that Robert is now a writer for Sheepshead Bites. It’s for one really simple reason.

Grillin’ On The Bay and The Brooklyn Chili Smack Down is a thriving event that recognizes Sheepshead Bay for the lively and joyous neighborhood it is. And we need more events like that.

Keep reading and find out why you should compete!

This year’s Grillin On The Bay and Brooklyn Chili Smackdown was the largest yet, with more than 1,000 visitors converging in Sheepshead Bay to attend the city’s only grilling competition (and Brooklyn’s largest BBQ event).

The 5th year of the annual event drew 27 teams and 36 judges from places as far-flung as Massachusetts and Virginia. For the chili competition – a people’s choice event - attendees drowned in 30 pots of chili (just about all of it was gone hours before the school closed up shop).

And it paid off, too. Proceeds broke every previous record by the organizers, racking in nearly $5,000 for St. Mark Elementary School (East 18th Street and Avenue Z).

As for me, I had a wild time. The first few hours were split between judging the BBQ competition then running out to meet readers who stopped by our table. I easily met a couple dozen people who read the site – so to those people, thanks for stopping by! For those who came by while I was behind the scenes, thank you too! We’ll just have to meet at the next event.

And of course, a big thank you goes out to Robert Fernandez, the Sheepshead Bay resident who organizes the event every year.

After the judging, I had the pleasure of hanging out with all those readers who lingered – and, of course, Sheepshead Bites’ fantastic staff of volunteers and supporters – and quaffed down a couple of discounted beers (note for next year: beer prices tumble as it gets later in the game).

Read on after the jump to see the results of the competition and two galleries of photos (one of photos throughout the day, the other of the awards ceremony).

Grillin’ On The Bay 2010 results and photos

Judgment Weekend

This weekend is a big one for us Sheepshead Bites’ editors, because from grill to runway, we’re making judgments.

You may have already read that Ned Berke, editor-in-chief of this blog, will be a judge in today’s widely publicized Grillin’ On The Bay BBQ and Chili contest. He’ll be doing his best to stop by the Sheepshead Bites’ table to meet as many of you who visit, but don’t be surprised if he’s too busy chomping on barbecued delicacies to meet all of you.

For those of you who are willing to settle for second Sheepshead Bites’ best, I’ll be at the table. Knowing that the temperature is going to start off freezing, I can’t wait to warm my tummy with some hot chili and not have to worry about figuring out which one is the best. I’ll just save my judging skills for Sunday, March 28, when I will help pick the winner of the Third Annual Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Pageant.

The pageant will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Levenson Theater at Brooklyn College, and as far as I know there are still tickets available($25 each) for the pageant and for the coronation party ($15) for those who would like to attend. You can check the official Miss Brooklyn website for information.

This competition is a preliminary event to the Miss New York pageant, so the ladies need your support in making it to the top. Plus, I’ll need your support, because choosing the best queen to replace our own Keelie Sheridan and to represent Kings from these lovely young women will not be easy... Plus

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