Press Release: Port Moody Pit Master Wins 2nd Barn Burner BBQ

Media Contact:Kathleen Beveridge | Town Hall | 604.321.3295

The News:   

[Chilliwack, BC] The second Annual Barn Burner BBQ Competition, presented in Chilliwack by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry was a huge success. Twenty-two teams competed for the grand championship which was captured by Port Moody BBQ veteran Rusty’s BBQ, who also received a perfect score in the pulled pork category. For full list of results please visit: 
Rusty Johnson, Rusty’s BBQ owner and grand champion of the 2nd annual Barn Burner BBQ. 

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The 2016 competitive BBQ season kicked off on March 20 in Chilliwack BC, at the Farm Store with the 2nd Annual Barn Burner BBQ Competition, presented by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry. More than 2,700 meat lovers of all ages took in the family festivities and enjoyed free samples of delicious slow-cooked meat, purchased take home treats from vendors, and participated in free activities including a climbing wall, and face-painting while listening to live performances by local band K-O’s.

Admission was by donation, with more than $4,000 collected to support The Full Cupboard, a community program aimed at raising food, funds and awareness for the issue of hunger in local communities. This event benefited the Chilliwack Salvation Army food bank. 

A cool day was warmed by hot competition as 22 teams from across the Pacific Northwest, Alberta, and Saskatchewan traveled to compete. With visiting Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) head judges Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh leading a local team of certified judges, Rusty’s BBQ, Port Moody, took home the grand championship, after achieving the highest total points in all four competition categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork Shoulder (pulled pork) and Beef Brisket. Grand champion winner Rusty’s BBQ also received a coveted ‘180 Pin’ from the KCBS for a perfect score for their pulled pork entry. A bonus Black Box category allowed the teams to show off their creativity with mystery ingredients: duck breast, pork loin, sushi rice and tarragon.   

Brown Chicken, Brown Cow, from Hayden, Idaho, took home the title of Reserve Grand Champion (2nd Place), and the winner of the Black Box competition is The Smokin’ Grill Next Door, from Surrey, BC. Full results can be found for the first KCBS competition in 2016 here:

While the Barn Burner BBQ Competition and its prizes was presented by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, the event was partnered and organized by Well Seasoned Gourmet Food store, with additional support provided by Greystone Promotional Products, West Coast Reduction LTD, Chilliwack Progress, Envision Financial, Grand Pappy’s Home Furniture, Big Green Egg and Hi Pro Feeds. For the full list of teams, partners and sponsors, please visit


“I am thrilled with this win! It was really unexpected. I had nerves all day so I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the scores I needed, but it all came together so I am very happy. The best part is that we’re all friends on the BBQ circuit so you cheer for them and they cheer for you. It’s been a great day.” -Rusty Johnson, Rusty’s BBQ, 2nd Annual Barn Burner BBQ grand champion

“Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry and The Farm Store enjoys hosting the Barn Burner BBQ. As this is our 2nd year, we took what we learned last year to make this year’s event even better; and it turned into a really fun day for the competitors, the public and for us. We have a great working relationship with Johnston’s and it is a pleasure to partner with them to put together an event where you can see everyone enjoying themselves.” -Carol Dick, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry

 “Johnston’s loves working with The Farm Store to bring the Barn Burner BBQ to BC. We have a great partnership with them that comes to life during this event that also brings awareness to local businesses and sustainable farming practices. There is a great educational component to the Barn Burner which is wrapped up in a fun-filled family day.” -Bonnie Windsor, Johnston’s Pork

 “It never ceases to amaze me how generous and willing our communities are in supporting local charities. We would not have been able to raise $4,000 for the Full Cupboard without the Envision volunteers or those in attendance opening their hearts to the cause. These donations will benefit the Chilliwack Salvation Army food bank, which gives them three times the purchasing power with cash donations! Thank you to all who donated cash and non perishables.” – Leona Clifford, branch manager, Envision Financial

Congrats to the Grand Champions: Rusty’s BBQ

Thank you so much to all the teams who participated in the inaugural Barn Burner BBQ Competition. It was a fierce battle, but in the end, Rusty’s BBQ is named Grand Champion. In fact, Rusty’s also scored an amazing PERFECT score in the Pork Shoulder category which requires all judges to give the highest marks across the board. Congratulations also belongs to our Reserve Champion, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, who came in second in overall points.

Click more to see all the top 10 results for Overall, Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork, Brisket and Black Box. For the full results, please visit the KCBS website:
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Chilliwack Heats Up with Barn Burner BBQ

25 BBQ teams from Canada and USA compete this Sunday

Photo and interview opportunities available with Angie Quaale, host, and select BBQ teams. To schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Beveridge at or 604.999.1934.


Second annual Barn Burner BBQ competition in Chilliwack, British Columbia
25 BBQ teams from Canada and USA showcasing their BBQ skills.
Fully-sanctioned judging to take place in 4 categories: Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken & Ribs.

Iron Chef style Black Box competition, judged by local celebrities and media.
Free family-day fun, with donations accepted for Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard, a local charity providing food for the Fraser Valley community.


Sunday, March 20, 10:00am-5:00pm


The Farm Store, 4540 Simmons Rd, Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Need directions?


Parking will be available near the event.
There will be a 2 free shuttles to help get you to the event site. Shuttle pick-ups will be clearly marked.
For more parking directions please visit the Barn Burner BBQ website.

Best Optics:

  • Pit masters barbequing for each competing category.
  • Finished BBQ dishes for judges’ evaluation.
  • Presentation of grand champion and other awards.
  • Family and children climbing the rock wall and enjoying free BBQ samples.
  • Live band entertainment.


10:00am Event starts at main stage with chef Dez as emcee
11:00am Chicken judging
sponsored by Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry
12:00pm Ribs judging
sponsored by Johnston’s Pork
1:00pm Pork judging
sponsored by Johnston’s Pork
2:00pm Brisket judging
sponsored by Envision Financial
3:00pm Black Box judging
4:30pm Award presentation at main stage


For those unable to attend, please contact Kathleen Beveridge to receive the post-event news.

More information about the event:
Images available via Dropbox:

Join Us for Some Family Fun!

This fully-sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) BBQ competition will attract BBQ fans of all ages from throughout the Fraser Valley.

Attendees will taste delicious BBQ samples, groove to the live band performance, visit local vendors, enjoy free climbing wall and face painting, all while being a part of a smoking fun event.

Event entry will be by donation. At the end of the day, proceeds from the event will support The Full Cupboard, a non-profit organization in Chilliwack that feeds the hungry!


Press Release: Barn Burner BBQ Kicks off the 2016 BBQ Season

The News:
[Chilliwack, BC] The second annual Barn Burner BBQ, co-presented by Johnston’s Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry is back Sunday, March 20 at the Farm Store, 4540 Simmons Rd to kick off the 2016 BBQ season.

This free-to-attend, family-friendly BBQ extravaganza is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Donations will be accepted upon entry for Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard, which benefits the Chilliwack care and share community food bank.

The competition will witness the battle of the BBQ in four main categories: Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, and Ribs. The winning team with the highest total points in all four categories will take home their share of $5000 in prize money, along with the Barn Burner BBQ Grand Championship trophy and bragging rights.

Teams will also compete in a “Black Box” cook-off. This “Iron Chef” style competition gives these BBQ competitors a chance to show off their more creative side. They will each be presented with a black box with four mystery ingredients. Those ingredients must be incorporated into a single dish and submitted to the judges, who will award points based on originality, taste and presentation. It is sure to be a very tasty battle.

Judges confirmed for the Black Box competition include:

Chef Dez, local celebrity and cookbook author, will be returning as the emcee, while meat lovers of all ages are invited to join the festivities including a live band performance, climbing wall, face-painting and free samples of delicious BBQ meat. If the samples don’t quite fill you up, Poomba’s Smokehouse Food Truck will be on site selling even more bbq.


Photo and interview opportunities available

To schedule an interview before or during the event, please contact Kathleen Beveridge at or 604.999.1934.

Photos from the 2015 BarnBurner BBQ:

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go! Fraser Valley Goes to Chilliwack!

We were so fortunate to not just attract more than 4,000 visitors to our inaugural event, but we also scored some excellent press coverage that resulted in this video by go! Fraser Valley on ShawTV.

While there is no substitute for being on site and getting to taste the award winning BBQ, this video showcase gets a honourable mention for featuring the Black Box event and our local teams!

Follow Me Foodie has a Passion for Pork!

We can’t get enough of this AWESOME Passion for Pork video of Mijune Pak, from Follow Me Foodie, took you behind the scenes of the Barn Burner BBQ Black Box Competition event.

Be sure to visit the Passion for Pork website for some incredible photos of the spectacular submissions as well as a great selection of recipes and other events featuring Pork from Western Canada.

Thanks for joining us! We can’t wait to have you back next year.