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Updated at 4:45 p.m.

MASON CITY | Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ of Des Moines added another championship to its impressive list of accomplishments with a victory in the 2015 Up in Smoke BBQ Bash on Saturday.

The team of Des Moines restaurateurs Darren Warth and Sherry Warth beat out North Iowa cookers, Pig Skin BBQ, of Rockwell, for the overall win.

Lucky's Q was third.

The teams were judged on chicken, ribs, brisket and pork. Judges certified by the Kansas City Barbeque Society evaluated the dishes on taste, tenderness and presentation.

Category winners also announced Saturday in East Park:

Chicken -- Woodward Barbecue, of Woodward.

Ribs -- Swine Assassins, of Mason City.

Brisket -- Big Chain BBQ Gang, of Charles City.

Pork -- Meadow Valley BBQ, of Ames.

Organizers also announced winners of contests for chili, desserts, "Anything But" barbecue, and SPAM. There also was a "newbie" award for the best first-time participants.

Other winners:

Chili -- Dig-In Cookers, of Ankeny.

Desserts -- Grills Gone Wild Iowa, of Algona.

"Anything But" barbecue -- True Smoke BBQ, of Oronoco, Minnesota. 

SPAM -- Hogline BBQ, of Owatonna, Minnesota.

Rookie -- Knock Ur Sox Off BBQ, of Fontana, California.

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MASON CITY | Teams began presenting dishes for evaluation at the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash on Saturday afternoon.

Judges certified by the Kansas City Barbeque Society will judge teams in chicken, pork, brisket and ribs. There also is a competition for deserts and "Anything But" barbecue.

Teams were putting the finishing touches on their barbecue dishes before carrying them up to the judging tent on Saturday. 

Details matter: The dishes are judged on presentation, as well as taste and tenderness.

Judging is blind -- Judges do not know whose food they are tasting.

Teams bring food to the front of the judging tent, but volunteers carry it into the tent for evaluation.

Dishes are delivered to the judges in white foam containers marked only with a number. 

The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. 

Points earned at the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash will count towards the Kansas City Barbeque Society's year-end contest for barbecue team of the year.

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MASON CITY | The Up in Smoke BBQ Bash will crown the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned champion and the chili cook-off champions on Saturday in East Park.

Judging for the sanctioned barbecue competition begins at 11:30.

Fifty-four teams will submit chicken, brisket, ribs and pork shoulder for review. The panel of certified judges will evaluate each dish for taste, tenderness and presentation.

Sponsored by the Globe Gazette, the Bash is considered one of the premier barbecue competitions in the Midwest.

Follow the latest Bash happenings on the competition's official Twitter account, @upinsmokebbq.

Points earned by teams at Saturday's competition will count toward the Kansas City Barbeque Society's contest for barbecue team of the year.

The beer garden, food court and children's playground opens at 11 a.m. 

The Tree Town All Stars will perform at 11 a.m. 

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