OPTIONS benefits from barbecue cook-off event

Photo provided by CHRISTIE GARDINER -- Working as barbecue judges are, from left, Jimmy Gregory, owner of the BBQ Station in Independence;  Robert Gonzales, head cook at the BBQ station; and Dicky Cawvey, a  cookery judge in Tangipahoa Parish. Show caption
Photo provided by CHRISTIE GARDINER -- Working as barbecue judges are, from left, Jimmy Gregory, owner of the BBQ Station in Independence; Robert Gonzales, head cook at the BBQ station; and Dicky Cawvey, a cookery judge in Tangipahoa Parish.

The 2013 Paul Ingraffia Memorial “Bragging Rights” Backyard BBQ Cook-Off for OPTIONS was June 3.

Wilbert and Tuffy Campbell hosted the OPTIONS fundraiser at Club C-Nile in Loranger. The third annual event was held in memory of Paul Ingraffia, of Loranger.

The winners are best chicken, The Grill Doctors; best ribs, Southern Heat; best brisket, BBQing After Hours; and the people’s choice in chicken, ribs and brisket, The Grill Doctors.

Cook-off judges were Jimmy Gregory, owner of the BBQ Station in Independence; Robert Gonzales, head cook at the BBQ station; Dicky Cawvey, cookery judge in Tangipahoa Parish; Doyle Orlando of Jacmel Inn; Judd Short; Kevin Rainey; Darryl Taussin; and John and Kimberly Jones.

All proceeds went to help OPTIONS, a nonprofit agency in Hammond that helps people with disabilities live and work in the community.