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3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a success

12:25 AM 18 Jul 2018 NZST
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Matt Worgul of Gentle Giant Brew Company and his crew were the big winners
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East Rutherford, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14th, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and bragging rights.

The BBQ categories were for best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind tasting for each tasting round. Each entry was judged on Taste (1-15 Points), Tenderness (1-10 Points) and Appearance (1-5 Points).

Doreen Rinaldo, known as Dr. Dor's BBQ, defended her 2017 title and took home the $500 prize for her ribs. Rinaldo has created her own line of BBQ dry rubs which are available for purchase at

Kimchi Smoke's Robert Austin took home the $500 top prize for his outstanding brisket.

First time competitor, Matt Worgul of Gentle Giant Brewing Company, won for the best chicken category earning $500.

Carlito's Trailer, serving great central Texas style BBQ, took home the $500 top prize for their pulled pork.

Three big weekends remain in the Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet. This Friday and Saturday is Corntastic Weekend with $1,200 in prize money up for grabs. There is also a special 8 pm post time for both nights. Saturday, July 28 is the 5th annual Seafood Festival along with eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks. The meet wraps up on Saturday, August 4 with Hambletonian Day.

Details for all events and promotions can be found at

by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

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