The annual Hometown Throwdown cookoff and car show took place Saturday, June 18 at the Los Banos Fairgrounds. Organizers Eric and Steve Gallichio said that 26 barbecue teams competed in backyard and competition divisions.

Kansas City Barbecue Society trained judges awarded first, second and third places to teams barbecuing chicken, pork ribs and tri-tip.

In conjunction with the barbecue competition was a car and motorcycle show.

Here are the winners from the cook off and car show.

Car Show Winners by Year:

1920-1939 — Christian Paradiso with a 1937 Ford Street Rod

1940-1959 —  Jeremy Meneze with a 1955 Chevy Bel Air

1960-1979 —  Scott Crist with a 1968 Chevy K10 “Special K”

1980-1999 — Jose Magana with a 1996 Chevy Impala SS

2000-2019 — Steve Nunes with a 2003 Chevy Corvette

Best Low Rider — Gilbert Real with a 1965 Chevy Impala

Best Motorcycle — Tony Bueno with a Harley Davidson

Committee Favorite — Scott Crist with a 1968 Chevy K10 “Special K”

Cook-off Winners:

Backyard Division:


1st – Stevens Smokehouse of Atwater

2nd – Game Time BBQ of Los Banos


1st – Game Time BBQ of Los Banos

2nd – Dos Bros BBQ of Los Banos

Backyard overall winner: Stevens Smokehouse  (He must move up to the competition division next year)

Competition Division:


 1st – KO BBQ of Turlock

 2nd – Smokin Chris BBQ of Los Banos

 3rd -Los Mexi”Q”tioners of Hollister

Pork Ribs:

1st – KO BBQ of Turlock

2nd – Los Mexi”Q”tioners of Hollister

3rd – Solid Smoke of Madera

Tri Tip:

1st – Solid Smoke of Madera

2nd – Smokin Sparkys of Modesto

3rd – Big Boys BBQ of Hilmar

Overall Grand Champion: KO BBQ of Turlock 

Eric Gallichio checks-in one of the many barbecue competitors. Gene Lieb/The Express
Judges taste the score the many barbecue chicken entries. Gene Lieb/The Express
A 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner was one of the many cars competing in the car show. Gene Lieb/The Express
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