Bib’s Downtown falls short in ‘BBQ Pitmasters’ competition

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bib’s Downtown lost in its second competition on “BBQ Pitmasters” in an episode that aired Sunday night on Destination America (digital cable channel 256 on Time Warner Cable, or 1256 in high definition).

The show pits barbecue teams against each other at sanctioned barbecue competitions around the country.

Mark Little and Ricky Seamon of Bib’s Downtown triumphed in their first competition for the show that aired in June, featuring a competition at the Hog Wild Festival in Mobile, Ala.

The semifinal round on Sunday had Bib’s team cooking whole hams and buffalo short ribs at a festival in Fredericksburg, Va. They were competing against David Bouska of Team Butcher BBQ from Chandler, Okla., and Michael Character of Character’s Famous BBQ in Adairsville, Ga.

Little said he was happy with his dishes, but the judging just didn’t go his way. “Facebook just blew up after that. Even Dave Bouska thought we had it. After the judging, he was in tears. He came up to us and said, “I don’t know what happened. This was y’alls.”

Two other semifinal rounds are yet to be shown. Little said those will be shown in the next two weeks, followed by the final, which has already been filmed.

The winner of the final gets $50,000.

Little said he was sorry to lose, but he enjoyed the experience, and would like to do it again if he has the chance.

“It’s OK. I’m not a sore loser. We were blessed to be there,” he said. “And if we had won it this year, we wouldn’t be able to go back.”

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