Where is the last place that you would expect to see a Puerto Rican Comic, a Retired Boxing World Champion, An Iconic Wrestler And a Rock Star?
Why a BBQ Competition where else?
A while back I was surfing the news pages that were relating to BBQ and found that there was movie that was being released on DVD that caught my attention After reading the press release I knew that I needed to get a hold of a copy of Grill’s Gone Wild which is a documentary of the Florida State Championship in Starke, Florida which is in between Jacksonville and Gainesville.
Also known as the Boots -N-BBQ Festival that raises money for the Santa Fe College, the event was held February 10th-12th in 2011.
I contacted the producers of the video over at Chappell Films and Entertainment LLC and they were kind enough to send me a copy to review.
My mascot Coolio that you see holding the DVD would of felt right at home in Starke on that weekend as it was a mighty chilly few days as you will see by the outerwear that the participants wore.
Temperatures in the 30′s is not exactly the weather you would think of when thinking of Florida. Come to think of it I just missed being able to go to this event myself as the week before I was in Jacksonville, Florida visiting my friend Aaron Smith aka Hank Bob, but by that time I was already back home in Canada.
I sat down to watch the DVD and found that the 1 hour long video was fast paced and shot in a way that made you feel that you were right along with the camera man walking around the venue along with host Alex Ortiz which many of you will know as a comic from HBO. Now you can tell right away that Alex was not a BBQ expert by any means which was fine since as he interviewed everyone we were all learning along with Alex plus he made it fun by cracking some jokes and getting to know the people. Alex is shown conducting the interviews as he wanders around the event and also does some voice overs as well.
Was the editing as smooth as a Hollywood movie?, no but it did not need to be, since it is a documentary the raw footage filming style worked real well.
Alex walked around talking to Firefighters, Pitmasters, Judges, Backyarders and representatives from the FBA (Florida BBQ Association)
There were lots of interviews that were edited so that they were quick and interesting as Alex learned some of the secrets that were told by the pitmasters as they prepared their meat that would be smoked in the middle of the night. The film captured the friendly competition and the relaxed nature of the BBQ Teams along with the seriousness of their craft.
The DVD was a great window into the inner workings of a BBQ Competition on many levels but what really intrigued me was being able to go inside of the Judges room and see how the judging is done. The rules were explained really well by a rep from the FBA and we even saw as a team was being disqualified during the event’s judging.
We even get to see what is done with all of the extra food that was handed in and left over after judging. Let’s just say they call it a Grazing Table!
All in all I found that the Grills Gone Wild video was well worth watching and even if I was not as interested in BBQ as I am I would still enjoy watching the show.
It may not have the drama of a show like the American Pitmasters show which I should say this resembled more like Pitmasters season 1 than it does season 2. but this was more low key and friendly.
I would most definitely give this film 2 thumbs up. I know that a few friends of mine that are also into BBQ will enjoy watching this and I would be happy to sit with them and watch it again.
If you would like to order a copy of Grills Gone Wild you can do so at the website HERE either by download or by getting a DVD mailed to you.
There were some other celebrities that were shown on the DVD as you can see by the screenshots that I have inserted in this post. They do not make up a large part of the movie but they do offer some interesting comments.
Just to give you a bit more of a taste from the film, here are a bunch of screenshots that I took from the DVD that show some of the people that were interviewed by Alex.