“After doing competitions for six-plus years, we kind of figured we’d have a better chance of making money if we started catering and vending professionally,” said Aubrey Freeman, who owns Freeman Brothers BBQ with his brother, Peter.

Over the last four years, the scales tipped and now the brothers do more vending and catering than competitions. They frequently pop up at Hop Haus Brewing Co. in Verona, as shown here, with their brisket, ribs and smoked turkey.