Coast Guard battles way to second place in BBQ competition

During one particular weekend in Washington D.C., BBQ vendors line the streets in an annual competition that helps raise more than $1.5 million for various charity organizations throughout the National Capital Region. Team Coast Guard was comprised of the Coast Guard’s Food Service Program, Special Command Aide Program and Coast Guard Recruiters.

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Witten by Chief Petty Officer Timothy Sullivan

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft pays a visit to Team Coast guard during the annual Safeway BBQ competition in Washington D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft pays a visit to Team Coast guard during the annual Safeway BBQ competition in Washington D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

During one particular weekend in Washington D.C., BBQ vendors line the streets in an annual competition that helps raise more than $1.5 million for various charity organizations throughout the National Capital Region.

In one competition, which occurred June 27 and 28, military chefs from the armed services faced off to benefit United Service Organization’s metro chapter. Team Coast Guard was comprised of the Coast Guard’s Food Service Program, Special Command Aide Program and Coast Guard Recruiters.

During the two-day battle, the team competed against U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force teams to win the popular vote for crowd favorite. The public was invited to make a $5 donation to the USO and could sample food from each of the teams and vote for their favorite.

The teams didn’t let Saturday’s weather slow them down. In a torrential downpour, Team Coast Guard prepared a jerk chicken with mango chutney sauce.

“A little sweet, a little heat,” Chief Warrant Officer Chad Adams said as he promoted their product.

Their creativity won them a silver medal for the day and in striking distance to win the overall title.

On Sunday, the teams were back on the grill, but this time with better weather and pork loin instead of chicken. Team Coast Guard went for it all with a tasty mojo pork loin and frijoles rancheros. They were rewarded by the appreciative crowd with a silver medal for the day and a second place overall finish.

Congratulations to Team Coast Guard on their second-place finish! Members of Team Coast Guard included: Chief Warrant Officer Chad Adams, Master Chief Petty Officer Katrina Goguen, Chief Petty Officer Timothy Sullivan, Chief Petty Officer Dustin Webb, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Walker, Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Garcia, Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Rohrs and Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Saiyasak.

Team Coast Guard cooks jerk chicken on the barbeque over bamboo charcoal. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Team Coast Guard cooks jerk chicken on the barbeque over bamboo charcoal. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Garcia prepares herbs for the marinade during the military chef's cook off during the annual Safeway BBQ Battle in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Garcia prepares herbs for the marinade during the military chef’s cook off during the annual Safeway BBQ Battle in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Team Coast Guard stands ready to serve on the first day of the BBQ challenge. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Team Coast Guard stands ready to serve on the first day of the BBQ challenge. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Garcia and Chief Petty Officer Dustin Webb make the mango chutney for the competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Garcia and Chief Petty Officer Dustin Webb make the mango chutney for the competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Chief Petty Officer Timothy Sullivan works the grill during the annual Safeway BBQ competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Chief Petty Officer Timothy Sullivan works the grill during the annual Safeway BBQ competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Jamaican jerk chicken with mango chutney, as prepared by Team Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Jamaican jerk chicken with mango chutney, as prepared by Team Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A silver medal won by Team Coast Guard on day one of the BBQ competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A silver medal won by Team Coast Guard on day one of the BBQ competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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