New York State BBQ from the Hudson Valley wins national championship

For the second year in a row, an award-winning Hudson Valley restaurant won a national championship.

This weekend, members of the Handsome Devil team headed to Flordia to attend the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival.

Newburgh, New York Eatery wins national championship again

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For the second year running, Newburgh’s Handsome Devil returns to New York State as a National Champion!

“Your back-to-back visit to the grill masters at the Ft. Lauderdale. They’re bringing the hardware back to the Hudson Valley,” Handsome Devil wrote on Facebook. “Why have 1 belt when you can have 2. Great job team”

The win must have been especially sweet for owner Ed Randolph, who has been dealing with some epic “travel woes.” fly to the sunshine state.

Orange County restaurant owner arrested by TSA

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Randolph was arrested by the TSA as he was going through security and questioned why he’s traveling with a championship belt and more.

“I always knew our rubs and condiments were awesome, but the TSA thought they were, too,” Randolph wrote on Facebook. “After I was incarcerated I asked numerous questions from the prescription to why I have a championship belt in my pocket and 3 punches later (not even my birthday) the Narcotics and Bomb Squad chief decided to let me go to permit.”

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Beautiful Devil named ‘Best BBQ’ in Newburgh

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Last year, Handsome Devil won Best BBQ at the same competition in Florida.

“It takes a team. And when this team has a common goal, we all win. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who supported, helped and voted,” Randolph wrote on Facebook after winning the title in 2022.

Randolph, a Food Network Chopped Champion, competed against Masterchef Season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale, Florida chefs and other grill spots to win the Best BBQ title.

Despite some stiff competition, including the Masterchef champion, Newburgh’s Handsome Devil was voted Best Grill.

Randolph won with Handsome Devil’s Texas Hot Link brisket sausage.

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Handsome Devil’s Banana Pudding also helped the Newburgh BBQ Joint win the title of Best BBQ.

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Opened Newburgh Restaurant late 2020.

Handsome Devil opened their restaurant at 3 Corwin Court in Newburgh in late 2020.

Handsome Devil was located at 21 Lakeside Road in Newburgh, which is also the Ice Time rink, for over four years. In January 2018, the restaurant left this location.

After what is said to be a grueling two-year search that failed in seven locations, Randolph finally succeeded in eight locations. Handsome Devil transformed a 5,400 square foot building on Corwin Court that was once home to Advanced Medical Imaging PC into a barbeque restaurant.

Credit: Handsome Devil LLC

Credit: Handsome Devil LLC

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