Day At The Track

Annual BBQ battle a smokin success

04:00 AM 17 Jul 2019 NZST
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Michael Nurse of Magic Mike's Smoked Meats
Michael Nurse of Magic Mike's Smoked Meats

Eight competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 4th Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 13th, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and bragging rights.

The BBQ categories were for best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, 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, took home an award for the fourth straight year, winning $500 for best bbq chicken. Rinaldo has created her own line of BBQ dry rubs which are available for purchase at

Gentle Giant Brewing Company's Matt Worgul took home the $500 top prize for his outstanding ribs.

First time competitor Michael Nurse of Magic Mike's Smoked Meats won for the best pulled pork and best brisket categories, earning $1,000.

Three big weekends remain in the Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet. This Friday and Saturday (July 19th & 20th) is Corntastic Weekend with $1,200 in prize money up for grabs. Saturday, July 27th is the 6th annual Seafood Festival along with eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks. The meet wraps up on Saturday, August 3rd with Hambletonian Day.

Details for all events and promotions can be found at

Rachel Ryan

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