Several barbecue aficionados from Lawrence and area towns won awards in Saturday's Northeast Kansas State Championships at the McLouth BBQ Blowout in McLouth.
Curtis Oroke and Bruce Lopez, both of Lawrence, took top honors in the miscellaneous category. Their "Hempville Smokers" team placed first in the category for their barbecued turkey breasts. The Hempville Smokers also tied for third place in the People's Choice Awards.
John Humphrey, Lawrence, finished second in the brisket category. Humphrey represented the "Smoke-N-Things" team, but cooked solo this year.
Bill Simon, Eudora, and his "Three Alarm Smokers" team came in second place in the ribs category. The team also placed fourth in the lamb category.