Warehouse Barbecue Co. Wins IPP"s Pulled Pork Madness Competition

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:

District

Restaurant

Town

1

Iowa BBQ Co

Le Mars

1

Smokin' Hereford BBQ

Storm Lake

2

Vinny's BBQ

Dakota City

2

Edgewater BBQ

Emmetsburg

3

Blue Barn BBQ

Cedar Falls

3

Starbeck's

Cedar Falls

4

Backwood's BBQ

McGregor

4

Dotzy's Restaurant & Saloon

Elgin

5

Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon

Beebeetown

5

The Full Nelson

Halbur

6

Bett & Bev's BBQ

Jefferson

6

Short E's BBQ

Johnston

7

Warehouse Barbecue Co + Brewhouse

Ottumwa

7

Lynnville's Smokin' J's BBQ

Lynnville

8

Smilee's

DeWitt

8

Sweet 'N Saucy

Fairfield

This is the second year for the contest. The inaugural winner of Pulled Pork Madness in 2018 was Moo's BBQ in Newton.

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