The Cattleman BBQ Competition which takes place annually in San Juan, Puerto Rico is a mega Caribbean grill off event drawing over 6,000 visitors to a weekend of barbequing action. At the 2013 event, Christopher Terry, a young Antiguan chef headed the youngest competing professional team at the summer competition. He and his vibrant team called the Smoking Grillers placed 4th in the chicken category and 9th place overall out of a whooping 47 Caribbean regional BBQ teams. The theme for the competition was “Caribbean Flavour” and team Antigua delighted patrons with their Tamarind-Season Pepper Beef Brisket, Soursop and Mango Chicken and Juicy Susie’s Antigua Black Pineapple Burgers. And like the “pied piper” the teams master steel pan entertainer drew guests to sample the flavor and culture of Antigua & Barbuda.
The Smoking Grillers is an assembly of young chefs and chefs-in-training ranging from seventeen to twenty-three years of age. Team leader is Christopher Terry who is employed by the Jumby Bay Resort. Terry is assisted by Public Relations Officer Samari Georges, Assistant Chef Rochelle Anthony of Sandals Grande Antigua and Cook Tiara Ambrose from the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).
The team have been fund raising since they returned from Puerto Rico so that they can go and represent Antigua & Barbuda in May 2014 at the “Bloomin Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival” in Tennessee, USA – an even bigger BBQ competition. They organized several Chill & Grill BBQ events with 2 which took place over Antigua Sailing Week.