Lumber Company Tailgating Crew Wins the First Ever MasterBULL Griller Title

Photos from the MasterBULL Griller Competition

The weather was cool, but the food was hot in the tailgating lot during Homecoming 2013. As the smoky smell of charcoal filled the air, hundreds of people enjoyed fellowship, music, dancing and food underneath the colorful tents. For those who dared to put their grilling and frying skills to the test, the heat was on in the competition to reign as king of the grill. 

JCSU’s Communications and Marketing Department partnered with Coca-Cola to present the first ever MasterBULL Griller contest as part of Homecoming festivities. The contest was open to every cook in the tailgating lot to see who would be the best bull in three categories: burgers, chicken and ribs. Several contestants entered more than one category. 

Alumni and friends grilled stuffed burgers, ribs with unique blends of spices, and chicken with sauces ranging from hot to sweet as they went head-to-head to see which entry would impress the judges the most. In the end, the competition to be the MasterBULL Griller and titular king of the grill came down to the top bull in each category:

Best Burger
Best Burger
Victor Romano

Best Chicken:
Best Chicken:
Carolina Good Times

Best Ribs:
Best Ribs:
Lumber Company Tailgating Crew (LCTC)

The judges awarded the highest score of the day to the ribs cooked by the Lumber Company Tailgating Crew. Several dozen people who were gathered under the crew’s tent erupted in cheers and shouts of “JC…SU!” as the men savored their win. The ecstatic cooks gave each other high fives and hugs before taking a victory walk around the tailgating lot to brag and boast. The Carolina Good Times grillers joined in the victory walk to show off their Best Chicken certificate. In addition to the title of MasterBULL Griller, LCTC received a new portable grill and cooler in addition to Coca-Cola branded items. The other Best winners also received Coca-Cola items as rewards for their grilling skills. 

Along with their first place in the chicken category, Carolina Good Times placed second in the ribs category. LCTC placed third in the burger category, and alumnus John R. Gaines ’74 placed third in ribs. 

Photos from tailgating

Not only are members of LCTC good cooks, but they are also good men. Proceeds from the tailgating meals sold will benefit their mentoring programs for middle and high school youths.  The grill masters of LCTC said they plan to return next year to defend their MasterBULL Griller title. “We’ve been tailgating at Homecoming for 23 years, and we’ll be back for number 24,” they said.  

Here’s a message to all grillers: start working on your secret sauce and experimenting with the extra pinch of spice that makes the flavor of your meat zing, so you can challenge the Lumber Company Tailgating Crew for the title of MasterBULL Griller during Homecoming 2014. 

JCSU extends heartfelt thanks to the following who served as MasterBULL Griller judges:

Regina Smith ’95, William Kannady of Coca-Cola, Herb White ‘84 of The Charlotte Post, Glen Burkins of Q City Metro, Jessica “The Girl Next Door” Williams ’04 of Power 98 radio, Delano Little of WBTV, and Tobias Whitley.