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Best in Backyards Preps for Second Annual Bull Burger Battle


Note: Blog post updated May 22, 2015.

The Bull Burger Battle is returning to Best in Backyards in Mahopac, New York on June 6, 2015, for the second consecutive year.

The stakes are just as high as they were in 2014, with two amazing grand prizes: a brand new Bull Steer Grill Cart, valued at $1,699, and a trip for two to Kissimmee, FL, where the winner will compete in the World Food Championships (WFC).

Like last year’s event, Best in Backyards is expecting about a dozen competitors. These grill masters will fire up their barbecues and create their very best burger before time is up. From there a panel of judges will sample each of the burgers and rate them for appearance, execution and taste.

Last year Skip Day and his daughter Lizzie of Long Island-based Team Swamp Pit BBQ took the title of champion, thanks to his “Infamous Skippy Burger” — a patty melt that features American and pepper jack cheese, a Jersey-inspired pork roll, and sauteed onions and shallots on two slices of Rye bread. Chris Holihan of Holihan’s Beer Me BBQ in Mahopac, New York came in second place, and Tim Bucolo of Crafty ‘Cue BBQ in Mount Kisco, New York came in third.

The top five contenders from last year’s event are all slated to return and face off again, as are additional past competitors. There will be a few newcomers, too (applications will be accepted for a short time longer). After seeing the range of ingredients–a veggie burger, a variety of peppers, coleslaw, bacon, pretzel rolls, avocado and more–incorporated at last year’s event, the folks at Best in Backyards and Bull are looking forward to seeing what sort of masterpieces this year’s contestants come up with.

Attendees will have plenty to do too while they cheer on their favorite BBQ teams and wait for the results to be announced. There will be free food, product demonstrations, face painting, live radio entertainment from 100.7 WHUD, giveaways and a chance to enter a raffle and win a trip to the WFC in Kissimmee, FL.

“We were so happy to see so many families come out and enjoy themselves at last year’s competition,” said Rolf Zimmermann, the Vice President of Sales for Best in Backyards. “We are really looking forward to hosting another fun-filled day.”

Customers will also be able to take advantage of special sales that day in all Best in Backyard stores. There are three in Connecticut (Cheshire, Danbury and Monroe) and three in New York (Elmsford, Mahopac and New Windsor). All stores sell wooden cedar swing sets from Eastern Jungle Gym, storage sheds, Springfree trampolines, in-ground basketball systems, outdoor kitchen islands, pergolas, pavilions, gazebos, retractable awnings and pool houses.

The Best in Backyards Bull Burger Battle will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. Best in Backyards is located at 119 Route 6 in Mahopac, New York. Bull is hosting four more Burger Battles throughout the summer: May 16 in Baton Rouge, July 25 in Chicago, August 8 in San Diego and September 12 in Indianapolis.