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Connersville,Decatur, and Ethnic Expo…

Posted in Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by Big JT

I know I havent kept up to date with this, but it is hard to find time to sit down and recap competitions. This has been our busiest year yet in Competition BBQ.  We just competed in our 11th competition so far this year at the Decatur, Al 2012 Riverfest. A few weeks before that we were in Connersville,In for the Thunder in the Park and from the weather forecast that is exactly what we thought it was going to be with the remnants of the hurricane blowing through it was tough to find 25 teams willing to cook the event. We ended up making the 25 team limit. We had a pretty good showing with a 3rd overall and 4 category calls. Congrats to Kevin from Juicy Butts BBQ for his 1st KCBS GC. Connersville was supposed to be the last competition of the season, but we decided to try our hand at a few more before the end of the year.

We set our sights on Decatur,Al for its 2012 Riverfest competition (made famous by BBQ Pitmasters) it was a short 6 hour drive down I-65S then we hung a right at the rocket and found ourselves at the home of Big Bob Gibson… Check in was a breeze as we were greeted by Ken Hess and directed to site 34 which would be home for the weekend. Pretty uneventful night as we ate at Big Bob Gibson’s restaurant and then returned to get started on prepping the meat for the fire. Apparently they had a famous music star there by the name of Lee Brice and there was one hell of a concert Friday night. After a short nap we put the meat on the Jambo Pit and took a walk around and met up with George from Pitmaker at the Kingsford tent. We got an upclose view of the Kingsford Pitmaker Vault trailer… All i can say is I now want a Pit Maker Pit, their quality is great and i think it would fit in to our vending needs.  We were pleased with out turn in boxes and even tried a new pork recipe… On to Rewards… We were just hoping for a to 15 finish in that group of competitors. In the end we received a 4th place chicken, 1st place Pork, and 4th overall (tieing for 3rd but losing the tie breaker) needless to say we were ecstatic with our results. We even recieved a big check from Kingsford for the Kingsford Challenge.

On the way home from Decatur we decided that we can cook one more event for 2012 and that is in White County, Ga at the end of October. We will also be vending at the 2012 Ethnic Expo in Columbus, In for the 2nd year in a row on October 12&13, 2012

To finish off here are some pictures from the last few competitions…

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Wild Ride coming…

Posted in Competition BBQ, Important News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by Big JT

Well, after firing up the CTO for the first time in about 3-4 months it seems that I have been bitten with the bbq bug again (not that it ever went away). I cooked quite a bit of food for the Superbowl and I am starting to get some requests for brisket and ribs for Valentines Day dinners.

In March I am heading out to Kansas City with a few BBQ friends and we are going to try and hit up a few local bbq places as well as stop into Ambrosi Brothers knife shop. Speaking of knives I just received my new slicer via FedEx today. It is a Glestian 12″ Beef Slicer, i ordered it from http://www.knifemerchant.com and I am really excited to use it. I also purchased a digital camcorder today so that in the next few weeks I can start adding videos and cook demos to the website.

Shortly after returning from Kansas we will be on the road to the first stop on the competition trail for 2012. We will be in Benton, Ky cooking at their Tater Day BBQ Competition. We have cooked here the past two years and I will probably keep cooking it since it was the first professional competition i cooked. We actually won 5th place Chicken.

The bbq forums are buzzing with excitement about the upcoming BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 casting call, I did shoot and submit a video and I will have it up on this site soon. I highly doubt that I will be chosen, but if i am it will be a Wild ride for sure.

I am heavily anticipating the call from Jamie Geer about my new Jambo pit. I was told it would possibly be ready for pick up by April so I wont be cooking on it in Benton, but I am having a friend help me out down there. Shane Draper from Drapers BBQ will be cooking with me down in Benton and providing me use of his cookers for the weekend. I hope we do well and believe me I wouldn’t be able to cook down there if it hadn’t been for him stepping up to help me out.  Shane is also helping out the team this year as a sponsor. This year we will be using his Smokin’ Sauce in competitions. The sauce is great, it is a very original sauce and has some many subtle flavorings that help bring out the flavor of rubs and the meat. I have used it with my competitions rubs from Simply Marvelous and they pair up nicely.

Looking forward to the next few months and looking forward to seeing all the BBQ crew when we hit the competition trail. Hang on its gonna be a wild ride!