Our 2018 Judges
We are so FIRED UP to announce your judges for the 3rd Annual Fire it Up! BBQ Competition!

The Rib Doctor Introducing Hayward Harris, Jr. as a judge for the 3rd annual "Fire It Up!" BBQ Competition. Born in San Diego, raised in Compton, educated in Westwood and living in the Inland Empire Hayward Harris, Jr., known on the BBQ circuit as The Rib Doctor®, is a proud California native with southern BBQ blood lines. The Rib Doctor® has been barbecuing ever since he was "knee high to a five-cent stamp;" so, he knows his way around barbecue pits.

From grilling to smoke cooking The Rib Doctor® is a student of barbecue including traditional Kansas City, Memphis, Texas, and Southern styles. He works tirelessly to tweak his own unique, award winning creations. A certified Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) Master barbeque judge The Rib Doctor® has more than twenty years of experience judging KCBS BBQ competitions nationwide. He is a certified Memphis in May (MIM) BBQ judge and was fortunate enough to judge MIM finals on two separate occasions. Hayward is also an International Bar-B-Que Cookers Association (IBCA), a Memphis BBQ Network (MBN), and a World Food Championship (WFC) judge, and he recently received his certification to be a Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) judge.

The Rib Doctor® is a respected competitor in KCBS sanctioned barbecue competitions, and he understands the time and commitment it takes to produce delicious, mouth-watering award-winning barbeque. The Rib Doctor® has won numerous BBQ cooking awards and has his own national award-winning BBQ sauces in several local stores. He is a member of the National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA) and The California BBQ Association (CBBQA). The Rib Doctor® is excited to be a “Fire It Up!” competition judge and looks forward to meeting all its competitors!

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

LA County Board of Supervisors District 1

Our 2018 Vendors

In-Kind Donors
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Curacao Foundation
Abes Famous Jerky

About Fire Family Foundation

Fire Family Foundation Logo Established in 2008, Fire Family Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance to fire families in need, scholarships, and financial education while supporting fire charities nationwide. Firefighters are in service to all of our communities. They show up when we need assistance, generally in some of our most vulnerable times. Through medical emergencies, fires, and national disasters, we depend upon firefighters to help us. We believe in helping them and their families to the extent possible during their times of need. The Foundation is committed to these men and women who unselfishly give so much of themselves, often at great risk and impact to family life.


Fire Family Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the charitable hand of Firefighters First Credit Union. Contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID # 36-4613248.

Board of Directors

Chair: Dixie Abramian
Harry Crusberg
Gerald Horwedel
Marv Williams

Council of Champions

Severyn Aszkenazy
Isaac Burks
Tom Daly
Michael Dumas
Cindy Iwamoto
Aaron Straussner

About the African American Firefighter Museum

AAFFM LogoThe AAFFM opened its doors as a Museum on December 13, 1997. The dedication of the Museum also served as the acknowledgement of what was believed to be the city’s first 100 years of service by African American Firefighters (1897-1997). The museum’s purpose is to promote diversity and to stand up for inequality against all races and genders. Today the AAFFM stands as the first and so far the only free standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States. The first floor contains vintage fire apparatus, stories and pictures of pioneering African American Los Angeles Firefighters. The Museum gallery is located on the second floor with pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia of African American Firefighters from around the country. There is a memorial moving tribute to the firefighters that perished during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.


The African American Firefighter Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

Board of Directors

President: Michelle Banks
Ryan Ballard
Kelli Shope
Dwight Sankey
Brad Joyce
Daniel Sankey
Jayson Johnson
Christian Smith

Advisory Council

Brent Burton
Carolyn Hughes
Rich Fields
Antoine McKnight
Gerald Durant
Joyce Lamkin
Akosua Hobert-Pierce

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