Bad Ass Bar -B Que are firehouse buddies Christopher Malanga and teamate Matt Joseph. They both became KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) Certified Judges in March 2008.
In October 2008, Chris and Matt entered their first KCBS sanctioned competition in Sayville, NY. Along with 42 other teams, they braved an eight-hour torrential downpour in the midst of cooking for two days outdoors, and although they didnít take home any trophies or medals (they finished 37th out of 43 overall...not bad for their first competition!), they came away from the experience with lessons learned and determination to return to the competition next fall with more fuel on their fire!
By day, Matt is a First Responder AEMT for Melville Fire Department and has just started a forray into the fine art of beer making; Chris is an HVAC Design Engineer for an international engineering firm. Chris also writes the column "What's Cooking with Chris" in Outlook Long Island magazine.
We ended 2010 with the infamous 13th place chicken award at the Battle of the BBQ Brethren, and started 2011 of with a bang by getting a fourth place call for ribs at Willepalooza. Williepalooza in 2012 continued to be a great contest for us with several calls and a second place finish overall it was a fantastic way to start the season off. We look forward to seeing everybody out there! Happy Queing