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March 20, 2014

Grills Gone Wild competitor's profile: 'Holy Grillers' practice often

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — There’s nothing Sid and Connie Wibbels like more than a good barbecue. As far as the happily married couple is concerned, the best place to relax, enjoy the company of friends and indulge in delectable cuisine is outside amongst the grills.

It’s also their favorite arena to taste victory – along with pork, chicken, brisket and ribs, of course.

The Wibbels make up the competitive barbecue and grilling team Monty Pigthon and the Holy Grill, based out of Fisherville, Ky. Together, Sid and Connie have traveled to, competed in, and dominated barbecue competitions in Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky, the latter being the couple’s undisputed favorite.

“Owensboro – where we won our first Grand Championship in 2008 at Grillin’ and Chillin’ – has always been our favorite,” said Sid Wibbels. “We love competing in Kentucky. We’ve met some great people and good friends here.”

Lucky for them, they’ll be able to add another Kentucky event to their resume come March 28 and 29 when the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission hosts its first-ever barbecue competition, Grills Gone Wild.

“There are so many good events here in Kentucky. We love the events held in Springfield and Mumfordville,” said Connie Wibbels. “We’re really looking forward to attending one in London.”

The Wibbels were married in 1990, but did not form their team until 2006 after their first barbecue competition experience. The couple was at the event – called Memphis in May – as mere spectators. However, they found the friendly atmosphere and genuine camaraderie between teams to be infatuating.

“We enjoyed every moment of it,” said Connie Wibbels. “You just meet the best people.”

The Wibbels soon came up with their clever team moniker, Monty Pigthon and the Holy Grill. The couple claims to be big fans of the film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and can admit to coming up with the name on a party-worthy whim.

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North Laurel won its second straight Senior League State Championship with a 6-3 decision over Lewis County. Much of this same team also won a state title as 11-year-olds.

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