Iowa Farm Bureau members last week smoked and grilled their way to the championship round of the Iowa Farm Bureau’s 51st cookout contest held on Iowa Farm Bureau Day at the Iowa State Fair.
Fifty-one meat masters from around the state shared their specialties with judges hungry to crown the new champion. Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer and contestant on last season’s "The Bachelorette" served as a guest judge for the competition along with Ed Wilson of WHO-TV.
In the end, it was Phil Cummings of Center Point who took home the top prize of $200, a crown and a permanent trophy as the 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest Champion for his Mediterranean lamb pops.
"Cooking has become a family affair for us," said Cummings, who competed in the Cookout Contest against both his wife and daughter. "It’s something we love to do together as a family, and it’s...