An Ottumwa restaurant beat out fifteen other competitors to take the championship bracket of Pulled Pork Madness sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). Warehouse Barbecue Co. was the top vote-getter in this social media contest that had 2,200 votes cast as Iowans worked their way through the Sweet Sixteen group announced March 13.
IPPA's Consumer Outreach Director Kelsey Byrnes initially invited Iowa Pork social media followers to nominate the Iowa restaurant they felt had the best pulled pork sandwich. About 1,130 pork fans nominated 80 restaurants and Byrnes then selected the top two vote-getters in each of IPPA's eight districts to fill out the "Sweet 16" bracket that got the head-to-head contests underway.
In the championship round, Warehouse Barbecue Co. defeated Iowa BBQ Co. of Le Mars.
Warehouse Barbecue Co. is owned by a father and son duo, Dusty and Roger Ware. The menu describes their winning Pulled Pork as made from hickory-smoked Duroc premium pork. You can order a pulled pork sandwich, or buy the pulled pork in ¼, ½, or 1-pound quantities.
"We hold this social media contest to attract new pork fans and remind people that there are restaurants in all parts of Iowa that offer really great barbecue pork," Byrnes said.
Along with bragging rights, Warehouse Barbecue Co. receives $250 and a "Pulled Pork Madness" plaque.
Here is a full list of the 2019 Pulled Pork Madness restaurants that competed in the bracket rounds:
Iowa BBQ Co
Smokin' Hereford BBQ
Blue Barn BBQ
Dotzy's Restaurant & Saloon
Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon
The Full Nelson
Bett & Bev's BBQ
Short E's BBQ
Warehouse Barbecue Co + Brewhouse
Lynnville's Smokin' J's BBQ
Sweet 'N Saucy
This is the second year for the contest. The inaugural winner of Pulled Pork Madness in 2018 was Moo's BBQ in Newton.