The Throwdown History

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Mano a mano:

History of the Throwdown

Mano A Mano adverb or adjective mä-no-ä-‘mä-no: used to describe a situation in which two people directly compete, fight, or argue with each other. Mano a Mano comes from a Spanish phrase that means “hand to hand.”

The Mano A Mano Rib Throwdown was born out of trash talking. The boys from Starvin Marvins Bay Area BBQ were always talking trash to each other about who could cook the best BBQ. One day, they figured the only way was to go head to head, one on one, man vs. man. They invited some friends, had significant others and friends to judge and Mano A Mano was born. Since the beginning it’s been all about the camaraderie of BBQ – good people, cooking meat, a few beers, some BS’ing, and a lot of trash talking. In the end no matter who comes in first or last, everybody has a good time.

To this day, it’s been a cave man style cook to prove who can cook the best ribs. A contest to prove who can manage their fire, mix up the perfect mix of rubs and seasonings and turn in ribs that people enjoy. Although judging is based on KCBS, it’s not a KCBS competition. Scoring multipliers favor the tenderness or how the meat is cooked rather than flavor. There’s no hiding behind sauces or rubs here!

Whether you’re new to BBQ’ing ribs, you cook the best ribs on the block or you’re a seasoned competition cook, as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously and can hang with the trash talking, the Mano A Mano Rib Throwdown is for you.

If you’re interested in competing learn what you’re in for, read the rules here, then register here. You won’t regret it.

If you’re interested in judging, please fill this out. We’d love to have you even if you don’t have any experience! Mano A Mano has always held a “the more the merrier” policy.

Past Champions:

Spring 2013:
Dustin “Big Sloppy” Claussen

Fall 2013:
Jeff “Worst to First” Bordes

Fall 2014:
Dustin “Big Sloppy” Claussen

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