Slideshow: BBQ Cookoff Brings Hundreds to Wildomar

Hundreds of people came to sample and savor the smoked meats proffered by a myriad of teams taking part in a bbq competition in Wildomar.

The haze appearing in the blue skies over Wildomar Saturday had nothing to do with weather -- it was more to do with the smoking meats and business being done at the Barbecue State Championship and People’s Choice Tastings.

In addition to the one day bbq cookoff, there was also a carnival for families to enjoy.

It was all held at 21330 Waite Street, a 27-acre lot that is currently for sale, is in its third year.

(to read about last year's event.)

“We had about 6,500 people last year and we’re expecting about 8,000 this year,” said Henry Silvestre, president of the Wildomar Rotary Club.

Anthony April 09, 2012 at 05:41 PM
This article could have been made better with better photography, I mean were are the pictures of kids with barbique sauce on there face's?
Mr. Lada April 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
A waste of my 5 dollars entrance fee as there was no shade whatsoever and very limited tables and chairs. Advertised that taste samples were 1 ticket each, 8 tickets for $20.00. I hope Smokin' Mo's didn't win any awards as there were young kids serving their ribs and overcharging at 2 tickets each... thats $5.00 for one measly rib!
Heidi Golgart-Hastings Ward April 09, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I did not attend this event because last year we went to the one the is held behind the Albertsons off Clinton Keith. Although that one had free admission, the prices for "tasting" were extremely high. I was very unsatisfied and can only imagine that all the BBQ events are about the same. None have shade and very few places to sit.
J Carabine April 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I almost hate to post this as I was involved last year. This link is the event last year and it seemed to be a much bigger success and for those of you who want the food on the face photos and see those atomic bombs that we missed this year here it is. http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/wildomar-rotary-clubs-ultimate-bbq-showdown-ii-sizzles#photo-5330825 It seemed MUCH smaller this year and I agree it was hard to tell who had samples. When we walked around a lot of the booths were zipped up with people cooking in the back and no one to greet you or offer a sample. For an event that was supposed to bring 8000, I'm sure the numbers were not even close to that, however I do not know that. There was a lot of torn cardboard type of signs, some of the booths just looked like a street shop in some foreign place or a farmers market. A little professionalism would go a long way. I felt ripped off when I left paying 10 bucks for two of us to get in and it took all of about 30 minutes to walk around it VERY slowly. I dropped another ten for 4 tastings. We looped around a couple times and left . I had brought a friend with me as the event had been so good last year... was not impressed this year. This could have been a GREAT event.
J Carabine April 10, 2012 at 05:46 PM
This one is in Murrieta this weekend - http://murrieta.patch.com/events/murrieta-fire-dept-annual-bbq


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