Barnwood owners, Dan and Elaine Backhaus of Eustis, FL., have gone up against some of the nation's top BBQ teams you see on television's Food Network. The first year Barnwood Bar-B-Que Competition Team competed in 2005 at the "Pig Fest'' in Lakeland, FL., they placed 4th overall out of 54 professional teams. They also took first place for Barnwood Bar-B-Que Sauce and first place for chicken. Their smoked ribs came in 4th.
A year later, the Barnwood team took the first place trophy for their pulled pork. The team's smoked brisket continues to receive high ratings and is a favorite among friends, family and even their competitors.
In the fall of 2007, Dan and Elaine entered their Barnwood Bar-B-Que Sauce into the national Best-of-the-Best national BBQ competition in Douglas, Ga. Their sauce placed 4th overall in its category, while the label on the Barnwood Bar-B-Que Sauce placed 2nd overall for its customer and commercial appeal.
Barnwood also placed 7th overall at the national competition, which attracted top BBQ teams from all across the country and Canada.