Charlene Dickens, left, and husband Andy are all smiles as they learn they have ron the Eastpoint Rick Cookoff. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Cooking ribs like the Dickens

Georgia couple wins top prize at Eastpoint cookoff

Charlene and Andy Dickens have been bringing down their Double D Smokers’ talents to the Eastpoint Rib Cookoff for the last four years.

Last Saturday, they put it all together and traveled back to Andersonville, Georgia with a $1,000 check in their pockets, which they plan to spend on their rig at the next big competition, the Big Pig Jig, Nov. 1 and 2 in Vienna, Georgia.

“We hit the tenderness and the taste,” said Andy. “We had a good blend.”

The Dickens had several racks of prime Prairie Fresh ribs from the Apalachicola Piggly-Wiggly to work with and so they bested the competition at the 24th annual cookoff to raise money for the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department.

But it wasn’t by much.

The Double D team finished just one point ahead of runner-up Bigfish Cafe on St. George Island, captained by Clint Taylor, which earned the team $750. In third place, also a mere one point behind, was 10-4 BBQ, led by John Solomon and assistant Philip Sapienza. which brought them home $500.

Honorable Mention, and a $250 prize went to J Dawg BBQ, led by Jay Humphreys together with the island’s Jimmy Crenshaw, last year’s winner.

Blessed with a sunny day, the cookoff drew a steady crowd and 14 competitors, all judged by a 10-person crew led by certified judge and table captain Gail Riegelmayer.

Fire Chief George Pruett said final totals have not been tallied of the proceeds, but that the silent auction had yielded $5,000 for the department. 

He said proceeds will go towards making the final payments on a $349,000 2020 Toyne Class A pumper the department bought four years ago.

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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