EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes, as well as precious bragging rights. 

The barbecue categories of best ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork came 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 DrDorsBBQ.com

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Kimchi Smoke’s Robert Austin took home the $500 top prize for best brisket. 

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

Carlito’s Trailer, served up central Texas style BBQ, to take home the $500 top prize for their pulled pork. 

Representatives from the racetrack said there are three big weekends remaining 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 p.m. 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 PlayMeadowlands.com

*Editors Note: Contestant Doreen Rinaldo is the wife of TAPinto Publisher Kathy Lloyd.

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