Fort Myers Beach " Smokin' In The Mangroves " BBQ Cook Off !

By
Real Estate Agent with 16 Sunview Blvd

If you are lucky enough to be on Fort Myers Beach today, Saturday, June 18, 2011 you might have noticed a delicious aroma in the air. That aroma is from the first annual " Smokin In The Mangroves " BBQ competition. The teams have been here since yesterday and most have their smokers going since then. This is a "Blind Judging " contest where everyone competes on a level playing field. The judges do not know which team made which entry ! Even a first timer can win with the best tasting entry.

 

The competition is being held at the Santini Plaza directly in front of the marina at the south end. Teams are here from all over the southland and many bring with them trophies and awards as proof of their prowess ! Smokers can prepare any type of meat they want but only chicken, ribs and pork will be submitted for judging.

 

Fort Myers Beach BBQ event

 

Fort Myers Beach  BBQ cook off

Fort Myers Beach  BBQ event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking among the teams and seeing & smelling the smoke is truly intoxicating to anyone who appreciates great smoked meat. Some of the teams had huge multi grate rigs while others were more on the amateur level.

 

Fort Myers Beach smokers

Competitors may elect to enter all three meats and sell to the public or they may decide to enter only the judged events. Crowds enjoyed the bright sunny day with an intense blue sky. There was plenty of parking, plenty of space to walk through the grounds and enjoy the sights. Or to just people watch. How many BBQ competitions are held next to a bustling marina ?

Fort Myers Beach BBQ competition

Fort Myers Beach cook off

As is the case with any public event the decision to have this competition again rests with the attendees and the competitors. Based on the quality of the entries and the reaction of those attending it seems like we have the correct formula for another terrific Fort Myers Beach annual attraction !

 

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Website:   www.BillGillhespy.com

Fort Myers Beach Realtor

Comments (85)

Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Bill, that really made my mouth water! How is business on the beach? We sold our beach house down there in the spring of 08. Has it gotten better?

Sep 03, 2011 09:21 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Connie,  Glad you like the pics.  Ours is still a great buyers' market !  Lots of terrific inventory and we appear to be bouncing along the bottom on prices.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 04, 2011 02:54 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Find some more cook offs!  Your pictures are so good I feel like I can eat them!

Sep 08, 2011 12:14 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Bill, this is not a good post to read right before the dinner hungries start kicking in!  What great fun - I loved your photos and you made me feel like I was there...even 3 months later :-)

Sep 28, 2011 11:54 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Renee,  You don't know how hard it was to be on the back side of the camera !  Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Mary,  I get that comment a lot.  LOL   Of course, each contestant wanted me to sample their product !!!  I know, tough job and all...

Sep 29, 2011 04:21 AM
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Bill,

That cookoff justs sounds heavenly!  Love all kinds of BBQ and sauces.  Yum!

Lisa

Oct 07, 2011 03:41 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Lisa,  And to think I had to walk all around these guys ( and gals ! ) and sample what they were doing !  Tough job but someone has to do it !  Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific weekend !

Oct 07, 2011 04:03 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I’m so far behind in returning comments but I don’t want to give up.
So I’m visiting as many blog posts as I can today
to spread some Tuesday cheer.
That means I probably didn’t read this post,
which is not going to prevent me from leaving some Tuesday cheer.
Feel free to delete this comment if it doesn’t make you cheerful.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Oct 11, 2011 01:35 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bill, I could go for some that BBQ about now, even though it is 12:30 AM.  Excellent post, I thought it was featured cuz of all the great comments you received.

Oct 16, 2011 05:35 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Rebecca,  Now, be honest !  Do you know anyone who doesn't like great BBQ ?!?!?!   LOL

Oct 17, 2011 03:24 AM
Randy DeLaMare
Realtypath LLC - Salt Lake City, UT
Helping friends Realize their Real Estate Dreams

Sounds like a great event! I could easily be persuaded to judge an event like this, It wouldn't take much. 

Oct 24, 2011 06:23 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Randy,  I wasn't a judge but did get a chance to sample many of the entries !  Not a bad one in the bunch !  Thanks for stopping by.

Oct 24, 2011 08:15 AM
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

I have never seen so many comments without a feature!   WOW!   You are popular, I am going to have to pay attention to your blog : )   Thanks for visitng mine.

Oct 24, 2011 08:36 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My wife just told me i've got 5 min. until supper.   Good thing because I now have an appetite.

Oct 25, 2011 11:39 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Happy Hump Day!

Oct 26, 2011 02:58 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi William,  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  Just the sight of BBQ is enough for me to get an appetite.

Hey RR,  Same back to you !  Great graphic ! 

Oct 26, 2011 03:49 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Wow.....I loved smoked ribs.  I wish I could get down there for this year's contest!   You should let us all in on when it will be this year.

Mar 20, 2012 04:52 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Ron,  So, who doesn't love a great slab of ribs on the grill !?!?  It is one of many events here on Fort Myers Beach.  We don't need much of a reason to have a party !

Mar 24, 2012 03:36 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Is this an annual event? It sounds wonderful. We keep a smoker on our deck and smoke fish and all kinds of meat.

Nov 04, 2012 10:46 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Debbie,  It is an annual event.  They limit the meat entries to ribs, butt, etc.  No fish.  The smoked fish I've had were unbelievable.

Nov 04, 2012 10:54 PM

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