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By Joy A. Kennelly


What a wonderful weekend was had by all.

First off, you have to watch this great TV coverage courtesy of KTLA's own Allie MacKay extolling the virtues of this past weekend's OC BBQ Bonanza: Just click the video for OC BBQ Bonanza to see her in action.

Ever effusive, CBS Radio Open Line foodie, Mojito Mas, also had this to say about his experience in the VIP Rib Village:

"Oh my god, what an amazing night!  We had soooo much fun!  I've got rib sauce flowing in my veins now!  lol.  Sooooooo delicious and yummy.  Gotta say, the Tennessee Hickory ones were THE BEST!  They were tangy, had the most real wood smoked flavor, fell right off the bone, AND we even got a chance to talk to the two awesome cooks back there who owned it.  They were so down to earth, friendly, shared some cooking tips (like keeping the oven at 250 degrees during the cooking process), AND they even gave us a little to go box with 8 ribs inside.  They really, really got it down right.

Truly appreciative!  I did see it on Channel 5 this morning at 7am too!.. the part about the guy having to sign the waiver... priceless.  lol. 
Hope you guys get a HUGE turn out!  I'm sure you will.  Was great seeing a good mix of people at the event as well, families, couples, lots of the college crowd. Awesome, awesome event!"

And another glowing review from Entertainer, Syndicated Talk Host, Author, Political Satirist, Actor, Huffington Post Contributor, Charles Karel Bouley, which you can read in full by clicking the title, or an excerpt below:

Pigs Flying Off the Grill Aug. 18-21 in Orange County

"There are three things that don't often appear on my to-do list:

  1. Listen to lots of Country music
  2. Eat in public with my fingers tearing meat off of bones (when you have as many dinner or lunch meetings as I do, you just stop ordering something you've got to pick up and get into)
  3. Hang out in Orange County, CA (I used to live there and now that I don't I know why everyone used to joke that I lived behind the "Orange Curtain.")

So it took something pretty special to get me and a guest to gear up, hop on the Aprilia Mana 850 and ride down PCH to Warner and over to Mile Square Park at Brookhurst and Heil (The Fountain Valley Sports Park is the official name now, but when I lived across the street everyone knew, and knows it, as Mile Square Park).

That something special ended up being the lure of the best BBQ available in the area this weekend as The Orange County BBQ Bonanza takes over the Fountain Valley Sports Park (Mile Square Park, Heil Entrance off Brookhurst, Fountain Valley, CA).

(T)he OC BBQ Bonanza did not disappoint.... Aussum AussiesPorky-N-BeansCoyote RoadhouseCowboys BBQ & Rib, Johnson's Bar-B-Que, and the KC BBQ Team have each brought their "A" game, their pork ribs rubbed and marinated, their wood pits all fired up, thrown in some chicken, links, tri-tip and trimmins making for an old time country festival right in the heart of Orange County.

Coyote Roadhouse served as my favorite, with meat just falling off the bone, a sauce that was smokey and not too sweet, the absolute perfect rib. But that's like saying you like diamonds more than rubies really, since there was no bad BBQ to be had."

OC Register's coverage stated over 15,000 people attended the inaugural event with a clever title over their photo essay which you can preview by clicking the link here: Meat-up in Fountain Valley

Or for other fun pix from the weekend, check out Food Beast's: ADVENTURE: OC BBQ Bonanza 2011 

Even Fountain Valley Patch got in on the action and covered the winners which you can read by clicking here: Porky-N-Beans Dominates at OC BBQ BonanzaThe Ohio-based national traveling team took first in two of the three categories and second in the third. By Justin Petruccelli

Once I find more coverage I will share it too, but for now, onwards and upwards to our next foodie lover's festival, the ever popular, ever delicious, The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival coming to Long Beach September 9 - 11, 2011. 

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