Titus takes BBQ title

Photo provided by Alliance Safety Council  --  Danny Titus, with the team Roadtoad's Smoke 'n' BBQ of Youngsville, center, the 2013 grand champion winner of the Sept. 7 ThinkSafe. ThinkFamily. BBQ Cook-Off in Gonzales, shows off the champion's plaque and the governor's proclamation of the sanctioned International Barbeque Cookers Association competition. With Titus are, from left, Kathy Trahan, president and CEO of the Alliance Safety Council, the sponsoring organization; Renee Barbier, corporate liaison of the Alliance Safety Council; Andy Hollerman, IBCA certified head judge; and Adam Gautreau, reserve grand champion of the cook-off. Show caption
Photo provided by Alliance Safety Council -- Danny Titus, with the team Roadtoad's Smoke 'n' BBQ of Youngsville, center, the 2013 grand champion winner of the Sept. 7 ThinkSafe. ThinkFamily. BBQ Cook-Off in Gonzales, shows off the champion's plaque and the governor's proclamation of the sanctioned International Barbeque Cookers Association competition. With Titus are, from left, Kathy Trahan, president and CEO of the Alliance Safety Council, the sponsoring organization; Renee Barbier, corporate liaison of the Alliance Safety Council; Andy Hollerman, IBCA certified head judge; and Adam Gautreau, reserve grand champion of the cook-off.

Danny Titus with the team Roadtoad Smoke ‘n’ BBQ of Youngsville took the grand champion title at the Alliance Safety Council’s ThinkSafe. ThinkFamily. BBQ Cook-Off held Sept. 7 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Adam Gautreau with Deep South Smokin’ Que of Gonzales, was named reserve grand champion. A payout of $3,000 was awarded to the winners of the International Barbecue Cookers Association state championship competition.

Cash prizes and keepsake plaques were awarded to the top three winners in each meat category — half-chicken, pork spare ribs, and brisket — as well as the overall grand champion, and fourth- through 10th-place finishers were recognized with certificates.

Forty-three teams competed in the annual event, which began Sept. 6. Scoring was based on aroma, color, texture, taste and overall appeal.

Category winners are:

Chicken — Justin Proctor, Smokin’ Good Times; Jason White, BBQ N’ White; Rhonda Titus, Me, My Chicken & I; Danny Titus, Roadtoad’s Smoke ‘n’ BBQ; Dicky Cawvey, Who Dat Smokers; Barry Smith, Bayou Boogie BBQ; Jimmy Moffett Jr., Tiger Pits Grillin’ Team; James Cruse, C.I.S.; Dennis May, Smokin’ N’ the Dark; and Adam Gautreau, Deep South Smokin’ Que.

Pork Spare Ribs — Dennis May, Smokin’ N’ the Dark; Jason Pettis, Smokin’ Baptist; Adam Gautreau, Deep South Smokin’ Que; Clint Guillory, Consistently Random BBQ; Tee Wayne Abshire, Tee Wayne’s Cajun Cooking; Faron Miley, Chillin Time; Jeremy Lass, Who Dat Smokers; Danny Titus, Roadtoad’s Smoke ‘n’ BBQ; and John Dunn, Dunn Smoke.

Brisket — John Bevington, Chilly Pig; Danny Titus, Roadtoad Smoke ‘n’ BBQ; Adam Gautreau, Deep South Smokin’ Que; Jason Pettis, Smokin’ Baptist; Tee Wayne Abshire, Tee Wayne’s Cajun Cooking; Barry Smith, Bayou Boogie BBQ; Rhonda Titus, Me, My Chicken & I; Jason White, BBQ N’ White; Brian Boudreaux, Tiger Krewe BBQ; and Dennis May, Smokin’ N’ the Dark.

The Alliance Safety Council is a 54-year-old nonprofit, member-driven association providing online and instructor-led safety training and related services for the metropolitan Baton Rouge area as well as nationwide. For more information, visit alliancesafetycouncil.org.