EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The competition was extra heavy this year as eight competitors all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights, battled it out at the Meadowlands 4th Annual BBQ Battle this past Saturday.
The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of six 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).
Once again, local Roselle resident and BBQ extraordinaire Doreen Rinaldo, known to most as Dr. Dor, took the win for her company Dr. Dor’s BBQ and took home a $500 prize for her lollipop chicken.
It was not an easy task for Rinaldo who works full time as a Radiation Therapist at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth. She was not intimidated by the pro’s and held her own to chalk up yet another win for the women, and her hometown of Roselle.
“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who helped me the last three years with the Meadowlands Barbecue Battle. I would also like to thank Rachel Ryan for all her hard work putting together this enormous event,” said Rinaldo. “I started barbecuing and smoking around 30 years ago and it’s become a fun hobby for me, and from that hobby, Dr. Dors barbecue rubs was launched in 2018 after I had a breast cancer scare.”
“I participated in the Meadowlands BBQ Battle the last three years against some of the greatest in the business and I managed to grab 4 Championships. 2017 ribs and brisket, 2018 ribs and 2019 chicken. Cooking and creating dishes is a form of art to me, and I am so thankful for the opportunity," Rinaldo added.
Other winners in the competition were:
Gentle Giant Brewing Company (Matt Worgul from Pearl River, NY) for best ribs.
Magic Mike’s Smoked Meats (Michael Nurse from Lyndhurst, NJ) for best pulled-pork and brisket.
“This event continues to grow in both vendor participation and fan attendance,” said Rachel Ryan, Marketing Manager for Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. “It was a fantastic night for the racetrack.”
Details for all events and promotions for the Meadowlands Racing can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com.
*Editors Note: Contestant Doreen Rinaldo is the wife of TAPinto Publisher Kathy Lloyd.
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