Challengers Loosen Their Belts for the BW’s BBQ Pulled Pork Eating Contest


At the Erie County Fair, there is fun and excitement around every turn. Something else found around every corner? Food. BW’s Barbecue Restaurant has found a way to combine both of these Fair elements into one with their 3rd Annual BBQ Pulled Pork Eating Contest. The competition took place Saturday August 21st at BW’s Fair location, on the hill.


Eight contestants ages 18 and up were invited to participate in the eating contest. The challenge was to eat 3 pounds of BBQ pulled pork in 5 minutes – no silverware allowed. Before the contest began, it was agreed upon that any visual sign of sickness would lead to disqualification. The winner would be the first person to clear their plate.


As soon as the competition began, the contestants dug right in. Using their hands as scoops, the pulled pork disappeared rapidly. After only 3 ½ minutes a winner was declared. Timothy Piorkowski, 22, of North Tonawanda ate at a rate of almost 1 pound of meat per minute! Second place went to John Holzwart of Sheboygan, WI, with a time of 4 minutes 30 seconds. Holzwart also won the Fair’s Pie Eating Contest. Third place winner Andrew Gretch hails from Tonawanda.


If you’d like to sample BW’s BBQ without a time limit, stop by their Fair location on the hill tomorrow, the last day of the 171st Erie County Fair.