Nevada State Championship, Laughlin Competition Results

Had a great time in Laughlin, and it was a nice comeback after our scores at Santa Anita. We took 3 walks—6th in chicken, 12 in pork, 5th in brisket—and placed 8th overall our of 41 teams. Thanks to our sponsors Green Mountain Grills – Corporate, The iGrill FB Page, Simply Marvelous Rubs and T&H prime meats for the excellent prime brisket from Brandt Beef.

Our ribs finished 16th, two places short of getting a call.

Excitement and raising our hands for our third call of the night!


The Rooftop Team: Andy, Joe, Joey, and Kellen. Missing Keith!



Upcoming Competition: Santa Anita Park October 2012

For the second time this year, Rooftop BBQ will be competing and vending their award winning ‘que at the Santa Anita Park.

This Saturday, we will be serving up pig candy, sausage, and the four competition meats (chicken, ribs, pork, brisket).

Gates open at 10:30 for the races and we will start serving around 11.

It’s only $5 to get in to the races and into the infield for the barbeque competition! Come hungry!

To pre purchase tickets, go here.

See photos from our last Santa Anita event here.

Dana Point 2012 Results

This past weekend we cooked another great comp in Dana Point. With these locations as BBQ competitions we are definitely getting spoiled. We had a great cook and had fun also vending finishing 3rd in brisket out 76 teams. Thank you to our sponsors Green Mountain Grills, iGrill and Simply Marvelous Rubs. Also a special thanks to all our Friends and Family for your help, especially my Cousins Derek and Demie coming all the way out from Arizona to help

Whiskey and Barbeque, Telluride Competition Results

It’s been a crazy couple weeks. Two weeks ago we got a call on Thursday night that they needed a 15th team in a Colorado competition to make it a qualifier. I made a couple quick calls and on Friday afternoon Myself and Keith were on our way to Telluride Co. 13 hrs later we arrived at our site at 6am in a fully loaded honda element. We then went and explored beautiful Telluride. You couldn’t ask for a better place to BBQ.

We entered night 2 of little to no sleep. Our trusty GMG Jim Bowie held temperature like a champ in the altitude and cold weather. We had a great cook taking 2nd in chicken, 5th in ribs and 4th in brisket, finishing 3rd overall. Then came the 3rd night along with the 13 hr drive home. But it was well worth it meeting all the great Colorado teams.

Upcoming Competition: Dana Point 2012

Rooftop BBQ will be back at Dana Point for its second annual BBQ competition held at Sea Terrace Park, map link below.

Date: 9/29/2012

Location: Sea Terrace Park
Pacific Coast Highway & Niguel Road
Dana Point, California 92629


We’ll be serving up plates of sausage sandwiches, beans, and coleslaw to the public from noon to 5 p.m. This was an awesome event last year and more than double of the teams will be coming out. It’s going to be a great event!

Smokin’ in Mesquite Results 2012

We had a great time in Mesquite, just got back last night.

We were able to get a call in chicken with 10th place. And just out of the top ten with an eleventh in pork.

Looking forward to getting back out there in Dana Pointe at the end of this month.

Thanks to our sponsors: Green Mountain Grills, Simply Marvelous, and iGrill.

Upcoming Competition: Smokin’ in Mesquite 2012

It’s that time again! Our third trip out to Mesquite, Nevada for the annual Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ Competition. If you will be out that way or are looking for something to do over Labor Day weekend, come on out to the Casablanca Resort in the hopping metropolis of Mesquite! We won’t be vending our food but its still got to go somewhere so stop by and see us for some good BBQ eats!

Another great event is the Nugget Rib Cook Off in Reno this weekend… Reno or Mesquite, Nevada is the place to be.

Check back next week and we’ll be posting our results, hoping for some walks but we will settle for the $10,000 grand champion prize.

Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons Results

Since we are still recovering from cooking hundreds of pounds of tri tip, let’s just say the crowd loved our food and we won 8th place in Brisket.

Thanks everyone for sampling our food and to everyone that helped us out.

Thanks to our sponsors: Green Mountain Grills, Simply Marvelous, and iGrill.

Upcoming Competition: Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons in Westminster, CA

Rooftop BBQ Competition Team is back from their summer break. But don’t worry, we haven’t been slacking. We had some catering events these past few months and on Fourth of July, we cooked a whole hog for our church! It was epic.

Westminster BBQ: August 17-19

But this coming weekend starts up our second half of the BBQ competition season, starting with Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelon at the Westminster Mall.

August 17-19, 2012

Friday:  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door but we do have some tickets to give away so let us know if you will be coming out.

As always, more info can be found on the event’s Facebook page and website.

If you can’t make it to this event, our next southern California BBQ competition is in beautiful Dana Point at the end of September.

Arizona BBQ Festival Results

We are back from our 8th competition of the year and ready for a break until the annual Mesquite competition over Labor Day weekend. We went out with a bang though, winning a third in pork at the Arizona BBQ Festival. We also sold over 1,000 samples of BBQ while completely selling out of our rub and jam. Here’s some photos from the two day festival.

We sold over 900 pieces of pig candy: bacon grilled with brown sugar and our BBQ rub. It was definitely a hit among the crowd, event staff, and even the security guards and cops!

Even though our local was far from the majority of the booths, our teams rocked it! Thanks to all of you who stopped by for our food and thanks for spreading the word about our pig candy. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our two trusty Green Mountain Grills! We also made a lot of contacts and were able to spread the word about how awesome our sponsor of Green Mountain Grills have been.

Seeing our name on the jumbo-tron was pretty amazing, in addition to the actual winning of the third place trophy!

Thanks again to all of you who stopped by our booth. And thanks to our sponsors: Green Mountain Grills, Simply Marvelous, and iGrill.


West Coast Classic 2012 Results

I must say even after having a relaxing Sunday to recover from the weekend competing in Long Beach, I am still pretty tired and sore. But it was so worth it! Our team sold 2,100 tickets of barbeque… selling a variety of food from tri tip and sausage sandwiches to tastings of pig candy and pulled pork. For most the day, we had two lines each 40 people deep!

Not only did we sell out by 5, after making three trips to the grocery store to keep up with demand (thanks Scott), the team also took home a 8th in chicken and a 4th in ribs, with an overall place of 11th out of the 38 teams.

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth to eat or to chat!

We also want to thank our sponsors: Green Mountain Grills, iGrill, and Simply Marvelous.

Make sure you check out this article from LA Weekly that features several photos of our team along with the following video:

Upcoming Competition: Arizona Barbecue Festival

If you are in the Scottsdale area this Saturday, make sure to come out to the Arizona Barbecue Festival. Rooftop Barbeque will be competing in the four meats of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket on Saturday and then in the Rib Fest on Sunday! Along with competing, we will be serving up tastings to the public with lots of PIG CANDY to go around!

More details on the Arizona Barbecue Festival’s site.

Joe cooking up the chicken for turn-in at a Scottsdale competition, December 2012.

Upcoming Competition: West Coast BBQ Classic

Have plans this Saturday? Rooftop Barbeque will be competing and serving up plates of our delicious BBQ at the West Coast BBQ Classic in Long Beach at the Queen Mary.

Admission is $10. With tasting tickets for $2 each. We will be serving up plates of food, including our infamous tri tip served as a sandwich—price still to be determined.

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

Hope to see you there!

Stagecoach 2012 Results

For the first time ever, Rooftop BBQ split into two separate teams. Just for Stagecoach Kellen and Andy competed under Rooftop BBQ while Joe and Keith competed under Basement BBQ (get it??). In addition to the two teams, the girls made up the vending team responsible for serving up the 1,500 tastings to the hungry cowboys and cowgirls.

Basement BBQ (Joe & Keith) collected a 4th in ribs and a 8th in brisket while Rooftop BBQ (Andy & Kellen) won second brisket with a tie for first in ribs (tie breaker went to El Fuego Fiasco). Both teams made it in the top ten winning 3rd and 7th place!

We vended chicken legs, pork, and ribs for the three days of Stagecoach.

Did you come by our booth? Please let us know! See y’all next year!

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour – Rooftop’s First RGC!

Things did not look good for the team’s third competition in row. Not only was half the team unable to go, but it was raining. And raining. And windy. But Joe and Andy handled it like champs. Looking back on it, Andy thinks after three in a row, he was able to focus more on what to do. But it all came together in the end. Joe and Andy won Rooftop’s first ever RGC, Reserve Grand Champion (aka second place overall).

Out of the 30 teams, Rooftop won a 3rd in chicken (beating their previous top score of a fifth place just the weekend before), 4th in pork, and 5th in brisket.

In Sam’s opinion, the RGC was the result of her meticulously created parsley boxes.

Thanks to all our sponsors: iGrill, Green Mountain Grills, and Simply Marvelous.

Ultimate BBQ Showdown, East v West 2012 Results

We always love competing on our home turf… The first annual East v West event was our first ever competition after all. The team won their highest ranking in chicken up to that point: fifth place. Finally a trophy in chicken! Way to go team!

And a big congrats goes to Left Coast Q on finally winning their first Grand Champion after many, many RGCs!

ACM BBQ Throwdown Results

Rooftop was kept pretty busy at the Vegas competition this year. Not only was the team competing but we also had our first ever vendor booth to sell our BBQ sauce and launch our jam and rub. PLUS Andy was asked to cook in a celebrity cook off.

BBQ Competition

As always, we must thank our sponsors for our two Green Mountain Pellet Grills. Cooking on these smokers helped us gain a 23rd in chicken and a 25th in ribs out of the 111 competitors, finishing 37th overall.


Vending our sauce, rub, and jam wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our 2011 sponsor, Fruita Wood. Thanks Bert!

And of course thanks to each and every one of you that came by our booth, whether you bought our sauce or not, we appreciate you just talking to us. We definitely were surprised at just how well our Jalapeno Peach Jam is performing next to our sauce. We sold almost the same amount of each so reviewers, be ready to get a sample of our jam soon!

If you’re interested in purchasing any of our products, head on over to our store here.

Celebrity Cook Off

Another thanks goes out to Michael McDearman for getting Andy into the Celebrity Cook Off. There were four teams set up, each cook was allowed to bring their own special ingredient (Andy chose Anaheim chilies) and were given 5 pounds of ground beef. Andy was then paired with Jeff Hardy of the The Hardy Boyz and James Storm Even though their team didn’t win, it was so cool to see an actual “as seen on TV” competition with four additional celebrity judges along with Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ, as the host.

Courtesy of Jim Bloomfield Photography

We’d also like to thank our other sponsors: iGrill and Simply Marvelous.

Who’s Going to Stagecoach 2012?!

Rooftop BBQ will be competing and serving up tastings to the public all three days of the Stagecoach event! You can find us among the BBQ competitors in the Terrace, serving up chicken, ribs, pulled pork, and brisket! So who’s going??


Upcoming Competition: Ultimate BBQ Showdown in Wildomar, CA

If you are a local fan who has been wanting to try some of delicious eats from Rooftop Barbeque, here’s your chance!

The Team's first competition, Wildomar 2010


The team will be competing at the Ultimate BBQ Showdown this weekend in Wildomar marking our third year into BBQ!

What is in it for you: we will be vending our ‘que of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket along with Pig Candy (brown sugar coated bacon); along with a beer/wine garden, music, and a three-day carnival!


Our booth from last year's Wildomar event

Keith, our trusty salesman


More details:

  • Location: Waite and Mission Trail, near the Elks Lodge in Wildomar.
  • Date/Time: April 7 from 10am-6pm
  • Entry Fee: $5


Brisket burnt ends, Wildomar 2011. Be there by 1:30 to taste them! They go fast!


Upcoming Competition: ACM BBQ Throwdown

2011's BBQ Championship in Vegas

If you’re not busy this weekend, you should come out to Vegas! Rooftop BBQ competed last year in the first annual Vegas competition but this year is going to be quite different. The competition is just one part of the greater ACM weekend at the Mandalay Bay:

Besides the competition, there will be world champion vendors selling their famous barbecue and some of the brightest stars in country music will be performing on the Miller/Coors Stage all weekend. Also, there is the ACM Fan Jam (part of the 47th ACM Awards), ACM EXPO (outdoor living & country expo), rib eating championship, Jack Daniel’s Experience, and the Sin City Rib Throwdown.

You can get more information about the event here.

And not only are we competing, we are also sharing a vending spot with our 2011 sponsor, Fruita Wood. We’ll be sampling our award winning BBQ sauce and our brand new products: our Competition Blend Rub and Jalapeno Peach Jam. Make sure to stop by our booth to try out our products—special discounts if you purchase all three!

If you can’t come out to this competition, we hope to see you in two weeks at our home town competition in Wildomar on April 7!

Santa Anita BBQ Results—Our First 1st Place!

Last weekend we competed at the Santa Anita Winners Circle BBQ, held in the race track’s infield. We had a great crowd all day and many were able to sample and purchase our new product, the Rooftop BBQ Jalapeno Peach Jam! Let us know how you like it! In the coming weeks you’ll be able to purchase the jam and our new rub in our store. Until then, those who bought it at the track are some of the lucky ones!

Not only did we sell over 1,300 people’s choice tickets, but we also received a first place in ribs! It was the team’s first ever 1st place and we could not be more excited about it!

Thanks to all who came out to sample our food. And thanks to our sponsors: Green Mountain Grills and iGrill.

If you will be in Las Vegas at the ACM BBQ Throwdown at the end of this month, Rooftop BBQ will be competing at the Mandalay Bay on March 31 and selling our BBQ sauce, rub, and jam all three days (March 30–April 1). Come by and visit!

Upcoming Competitions, Spring 2012

We’re really going at this year. Last year we competed in 6 competitions, this year were looking at 12. We’ve signed up and are competing for the California BBQ Association Team of the Year and will be going full throttle starting next week.

With all these competitions we’d love to see some of you at them come on by and get some BBQ, we always have some extra after turn.

Santa Anita Park’s-Winners Circle BBQ Championship– Arcadia Ca, March 10th

ACM BBQ Throwdown-Las Vegas Nv, March 31st

The Ultimate BBQ Showdown East vs West-Wilomar Ca, April 7th

Sam’s Club Series-San Diego Ca, April 14

Stagecoach Music Festival– Indio Ca, April 28th

West Coast BBQ Classic-Long Beach Ca, May 12th

More to be announced

Introduce our new sponsor Green Mountain Grills

We would like to formally introduce our newest sponsor Green Mountain Grills. This past August we came in contact with Green Mountain Grills and discussed a parntership with them, ever since then, we’ve been loving the GMGs.

It all started when we recently bought an enclosed trailer to work out of at our competitions and we were looking into getting some smokers that would easily  fit in the enclosed trailer. After reviewing many smokers and looking for the perfect fit for our team, we came across Green Mountain Grills through Whiskey Bent BBQ. These smokers had lots of advantages over the traditional pellet smoker. With features like a variable fan, low pellet alarm and an optional remote. We knew these smokers would help us get the sleep and rest we needed to be on our game the next morning, along with producing top notch Q. So in late August we recieved our shipment from Green Mountian Grills with one Jim Bowie and one Daniel Boone and their great premium gold blend pellets.

We had one week to do a test run before our next competition the Smokin’ in Mesquite Compeition in Nevada. I have to say it was a hot day in my backyard for that test run and I was not wanting to be out there practicing in the sun, but when that food came off the smoker it was some of the best BBQ we’ve made, very moist and the perfect amount of smoke. The next weekend we loaded up the trailer and headed to Mesquite. What a world of difference it makes at a competition when you get a good nights sleep. It was by far the most relaxing cook I’ve ever had. During awards we placed 12th in chicken and 5th in ribs against some great teams, and this was only our second time cooking on the Green Mountain Grills. And then a few weeks later we took two walks with a 10th in pork and a 10th in ribs at the Dana Point Competition.

We dont have any comps for the rest of this year but will be practicing on the GMGs and be ready to compete again in Havasu in January.

Thanks again to Green Mountain Grills and to our other sponsor iGrill. With you two, BBQ is easy, fun and relaxing

Article Excerpt from “Wildomar Rotary Club’s Ultimate BBQ Showdown II Sizzles” on

Credit: Janice Carabine

The following is an excerpt from an article written on about the event…

To many grill masters in attendance, the event was serious business.

Wildomar resident Keith Henson, along with Joe Angelone of Menifee, and Andy Allen of Lake Elsinore, competed together Saturday as the Rooftop BBQ Competition Team and Catering.

The men proudly showed off their “iGrill” to anyone interested.

“The recycled 255-gallon propane tank is hooked up to two probes, which continuously send temps to our iPhones,” said Henson, the team’s grill builder. “The grill consists of a reverse flow smoker and the “Guru System” equipped with automatic fans for increased temperatures.”

In addition to high technology, secret recipes also lured visitors to the various grilling stations.

Read the full article here, along with a few more photos of Rooftop’s BBQ site.

And we’d like to give a large shout out to Kellen Wagoner of Canyon Lake who was accidentally omitted from the article.