By Natalie Fultz
THOMASVILLE — Bill and Teresa Tanner hit a culinary home run in the American Royal World Series of Barbecue competition in Kansas City, Mo.
The Tanners left Thomasville on Oct.1 to prepare for the prestigious barbecue event On. Saturday, 154 teams competed in the invitational competition. On Sunday, there were 533 teams in the open competition. The Tanners participated in both.
In 2005, the idea came to Bill Tanner to start competing in barbecue competitions after his employer bought a big cooker.
"We were going around and doing fundraisers and charitable events,” he said. “I asked my boss if I could start doing competitions. The rest is history.”
The Tanners primarily compete under the Florida Barbecue Association.
"There are a bunch of different sanctioned bodies such as the Georgia Barbecue Association and the Kansas City Barbecue Associtaion,” Bill Tanner said. “The Florida Barbecue Association not only has events in Florida, but competitions in Alabama and Georgia. The sanctioned bodies are regionalized and all over the country.
“here's even an Alaska Barbecue Association and even some abroad. The Kansas City Barbecue Association is probably the largest sanctioned body in the United States.”
See Thursday's edition for more details.
By Natalie Fultz
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