OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - "The Shed" has won the Ultimate Hometown Grill Off Competition on the popular national talk show "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly." The title brings the Ocean Springs restaurant publicity and pride that money just can't buy.
The Shed in Ocean Springs doesn't usually draw a breakfast crowd. But Friday morning, family, friends, and loyal customers filled the barbeque joint to cheer on owners Brad Orrison and Brooke Lewis. The siblings were competing for the title of Ultimate Hometown Griller.
"I really want this to happen in such a small place, in such a small town. We deserve it because we are the best," family friend Alyssa Briggs said.
Everyone was nervous, especially Brad and Brooke's mom, Linda Orrison.
"I am really excited about it all, it has been really nerve racking," Orrison said about the competition. "I will be glad to find out if we won or we didn't win."
The pulled pork sandwich her son and daughter made famous locally landed the pair in the competition. Online votes landed them in the finals. Friday, The Shed won first place in the Ultimate Hometown Grill Off.
"It gives us bragging rights and I love bragging rights," Shed employee Marika Brandt said.
"It represents the food; it represents the people who have voted, obviously the Gulf Coast and the State of Mississippi," Orrison said.
"We all know how incredible the food is and it is not just food, but the personality of The Shed and everything that goes along with it," loyal costumer Darrin Jagur said.
The Shed will get a full spread in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for winning the Hometown Grill Off Competition.