Rain or shine, Grillin’ on Main kept on going

“Grillin’ on Main” got off to a sunny start Friday, June 9, 2023 in downtown Minden. Ace Hardware sponsored the Children’s Grilling Competition on Pearl Street at 6 p.m. Kaycee Cottle took home first place in the Senior division with her grilled boneless porkchops. In the Junior division, Payton Lewis earned first place and Cruz Bryce took home second place honors.  Blocks away in the GB&T parking lot, Jacob White and Trace Francis won first place in the Cornhole competition, which was coordinated by the Bossier City Cornhole Association. Brian and Jaxon Smith placed second, and Mick Watson and Mike Osborn placed third.

During Saturday’s storm, Minden Main Street Commission chairman Shawn Hatcher said the group battened down the hatches.

“We chased tents,” he laughed. “It popped up real quick. We just secured everythingthing we could and picked up the damage after.”

Hatcher said a lot of the public went home as well as food vendors.

“As far as the grillers – they still stayed with their turn-ins for 3 o’clock,” he said. “We had the judging and the award ceremony at 5.”

Despite the storm, the organizers had 32 cooks.

“That was a good size,” Hatcher said. “About half were local and about half from out of town.”

He said the President of National BCA (Barbecue Competitors Alliance) told Hatcher he believes Minden has more local turnouts for this event than anyone else in Louisiana.

Hatcher said by today, they should know how well they did. Money secured during this event goes to Main Street projects.

Final standings in all categories of the Grilling On Main event:

Grand Champion: Scotty Bryce, East Texas Smokers
Reserve Grand Champion: Jason White, Cajun Juju
Gardner Award(Local Overall Champion): Scott McCullough, BTI Smokers 


  • 1  Howard Suggs, Shake A Bone BBQ
  • 2  Jason White, Cajun Juju
  • 3  George Hickman, Southern Pride BBQ
  • 4  Scotty Bryce, East Texas Smokers
  • 5  Mike Steele, Pig and Cows Gone Wild
  • 6  Brady Baudin, Sweet Bayou BBQ
  • 7  Benjy Lewis, Bayou BBQ
  • 8  Gerry Vallee, Vallee AC Cold Smoke
  • 9  Micah Boudreaux, Boukite BBQ
  • 10  David Hamlin, Code Blue Smoke


1 Brady Baudin, Sweet Bayou BBQ 2 Duane Anderson, Real Smoke BBQ 3 Benjy Lewis, Bayou BBQ 

4 Scotty Bryce, East Texas Smokers 

5 Gerry Vallee, Vallee AC Cold Smoke 

6 Bob Zannini, Galaxy BBQ 

7 George Hickman, Southern Pride BBQ 

8 Jason White, Cajun Juju 

9 Mike Steele, Pig and Cows Gone Wild 

10 Danny Titus, Roadtoad’s Smoke “n” BBQ 


1 Duane Anderson, Real Smoke BBQ 

2 Daryl Walker, Sweetie’s Bar-B-Q 

3 Scotty Bryce, East Texas Smokers 

4 Jason White, Cajun Juju 

5 Gerry Vallee, Vallee AC Cold Smoke 

6 Scott McCullough, BTI Smokers 

7 Brady Baudin, Sweet Bayou BBQ 

8 Micah Boudreaux, Boukite BBQ 

9 Howard Suggs, Shake A Bone BBQ 

10 George Hickman, Southern Pride BBQ 

Points Jason White, Cajun Juju 19 


Brady Baudin, Sweet Bayou 19 BBQ 

Duane Anderson, Real Smoke 19 BBQ 

Gerry Vallee, Vallee AC Cold 15 Smoke 

George Hickman, Southern Pride 13 BBQ 

Howard Suggs, Shake A Bone 12 BBQ 

Benjy Lewis, Bayou BBQ 12 Daryl Walker, Sweetie’s Bar-B-Q 9 

Mike Steele, Pig and Cows Gone 8 Wild 

Local Chicken 

1 Scott McCullough, BTI Smokers 

2 Slade Frith, Ace Hardware

3 JD Cottle, Pop’s Cook Shack 

Local Ribs

1 Jordan Cupples, Roosters

2JD Wood, Woody’s Smokin’ Que

Local Brisket

1 David Hamlin, Code Blue Smokers

2 Scott McCullough, BTI Smokers]

3 JD Cottle, Pop’s Cook Shack