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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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2012 Benton Kookoff

Posted in Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by Big JT

First competition of the season has come and gone, and while we expected a little better placing, we had a great time.  First off, Thank you to Shane and his crew from Drapers BBQ(www.drapersbbq.com). He went out of his way to help us out so we could travel to the comp light and cook. Between the use of his Toy hauler, cooking on the Tucker Cooker (www.tuckercooker.com) I do have to say the Tucker Cooker is an impressive piece of work and if i hadnt already spent the money on a Jambo, i would say that i would probably pick up a Tucker, hell I think I will just get both… Also, we were told we were having burgers for dinner, and I expected run of the mill burgers… NOT Shane and Co. made up some monster 1lb Bacon and Cheese stuffed burgers cooked on the Grilla pellet cooker that were amazing, I had one and had to go into a food coma for a bit.  We also got a sneak preview of the new Brisket / Beef rub called Moo’d Enhancer which is pretty amazing, and is going through some testing here at home so I can incorporate the rub into our Competition arsenal, it helps bring out  the beef flavor that can get lost in all the other flavors of BBQ. It is a very bold rub, but not overpowering.

As for the cook itself, it couldn’t have gone any better, well that is until turn in time. With our chicken turn in we went outside the box a bit and i’m not sure how the judges really cared for it, scores weren’t too bad but it didn’t place well (29/42). Our ribs were very good, but then again we fell short of the top ten with an (18/42) placing. Pork was our bright spot of the day with a 9th place showing thanks to DBQ Smokin Sauce. Now to brisket… my strongest category from last year where were weren’t out of the top 10 … this brisket that was cooked was the best we have ever done, flavor was outstanding, tenderness was spot on… not sure what was going on in the judges tent but I was for sure the brisket was a top 5 product, but it finished  22nd. So i was a little disappointed in the showing, but we have to stay the course our next competition is in Liberty, Indiana in May. Hopefully we will have the Jambo by then so we can get the smoke rolling with it.

We did get to walk around and meet a bunch of great guys on the BBQ Circuit,  we chatted it up with Chris Chadwick from Grillin and Chillin and Bill Arnold from Blues Hog BBQ plus many more that we see more often on the trail such as Bourbon Barrel BBQ, Pappy Q, and the eventual GC Eat More Butt. A big Congrats goes out to those guys. Also want to thank Mojobricks (www.mojobricks.com) and Simply Marvelous BBQ (www.simplymarvelousbbq.com) for their great products we couldn’t do it without your support!

2 Weeks, 2 competitions…

Posted in Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by Big JT

Well, it may not be the Iron Man stretch that Rob from 2 Worthless Nuts had with 8 Competitions in 8 weeks but it was tiring… and worth it.  So lets start back last weekend at Jeffersonville , In. I arrived early evening on Thursday and was set up down on the river bank… AGAIN… oh well, after getting camp set up i ventured up the hill to visit some friends, ended up spending most of the evening talking with Moonswiners, Hot Racks and BBQ Stacks, Perry Brothers, Burbon Barrel and 2 Worthless Nuts. Friday Lisa’s parents, Sister, and Brother-in-law arrived to set up their camp for the backyard event. Before the cooks meeting Lisa and I went to a restaurant called Cluckers that served hotwings and such.  After cooks meeting it was time for Lisa to get everything ready for the Dessert turn in, She made Strawberry Mousse Shooters with a double fudge brownie and chocolate covered strawberries. Fast forward through the night complete with thunder storms and weather to the morning. Saturday morning Shane Draper from www.drapersbbq.com drove 3.5 hours up to meet and hang out during turn ins. He also hooked me up with some of his sauce and rub to try out. Now time for awards.  We weren’t really expecting much but it started out good with  Pop’s Belly BBQ  taking GC of the backyard division, then Lisa hit it big with a 1st place dessert win. Then I got to…. sit in my chair and not get any calls… that is until Brisket (not my best category) and ended up tieing for 2nd but losing a tie breaker to get 3rd in brisket! I think we ended up 14th overall which is 10 spots better than last year.

 

On to this past weekend in Franklin, In… nice to be back in Franklin after spending my college days there soaking up … well never mind what i did in college. I arrived late on Friday afternoon and after a grueling 20 minute drive I was ready for a nap, but this was no time to nap, shortly after I arrived fellow BBQ nut and co-cook for a weekend Kempis arrived and we set up camp and then attended the cooks meeting. For a 1st year competition they seemed to have everything covered.  After the cooks meeting I returned to camp and met up with Lisa and my Mom and we ate dinner at the Willard.  After dinner we made our rounds and visited with Buttrubbers BBQ, Bronze Star BBQ, Yellow River BBQ, Here for the Beer BBQ, and  Porky from Porky’s House of BBQ.  It was time to get down to business started to trim the brisket and my fillet knife slipped and sliced my ring finger open… I probably should have got a couple stitches… but this is BBQ BABY! I taped it up, double gloved it, and got back to work.  I got everything trimmed and ready for the 4am wake up call.

Once the meat hit the heat, we were able to eat biscuits and gravy along with some coffee provided by the organizer, this was awesome because i was hungry… Turn ins went ok, well except for ribs, but we wont talk about it. I wasn’t too happy with my turn ins except for brisket, i thought brisket was better than last weekend at Jeffersonville.

At awards Lisa started it off with a 7th place Dessert call ( we then found out it was open to everyone not just comp cooks), Kempis took a 2nd place anything butt call with his smoked beans, I ended up with a 2nd place chicken, 1st place pork, 19th place ribs, and a 9th place brisket for a 5th place overall finish (my best since Liberty last year with a 7th overall) Overall i was pretty happy and not looking forward to the 4 weeks in between competitions now… oh well i guess its practice time…Next stop, New Palestine…

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Smoke Break BBQ improves showing at Liberty,In Competition

Posted in Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by Big JT

Well, just finished unpacking from the Liberty competition, we didnt do bad, but we sure as hell can do better. Chicken again is my Achilles heel 22nd place out of 35 i believe, Ribs improved drastically to 11th just missing top ten by a narrow margin, Pork finally cracked top 10 this year with a 9th place, and Brisket dropped to 16th, which i find hard to believe because this was the best brisket TC has ever produced in competition. But that is BBQ, a HUGE congrats to Rich at Bonehead BBQ for his two HUGE calls in pork and brisket. This was his first KCBS competition and he took 3rd place pork and 6th in brisket i believe. I think that 4 hour trip back to Chicago was a little easier with some gas money and trophies LOL.

We also were the first team to cook with the new CHERRY Mojobrick which is an amazing product and I predict that it will take off sooner rather than later.

Also at Liberty, I took 3rd in a burger contest, 2nd in sauce, and Lady took 1st in anything butt when she made a White Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake, it was amazing, this makes her a 2 time defending champ in Liberty and she is ready for the next one!

Here are some pictures of our turn in boxes and other pics from the weekend.

BBQ 101!

Posted in Around the house, backyard, Important News with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by Big JT

Well, it seems that the first BBQ 101 class received rave reviews, we are tentatively  scheduled to hold another class on June 11, 2011 at Eastside Community Center.  We here at Smoke Break BBQ want to say thank you to all who helped make this class a success. Here are some pictures to show you what you missed!

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1st competition completed, looking forward to Liberty

Posted in Competition BBQ with tags , , , on April 6, 2011 by Big JT

Smoke Break BBQ competed in their first 2011 competition last weekend, despite the 4 hour drive and the chilly weather it was a great time meeting new people and mingling with teams. Our highest finish was TC’s Brisket which placed 6th out of 43 teams. Other finishes were Chicken 17th, Ribs 38th (we tanked ribs), and Pork 22nd. I thought that my chicken and pork were the best i have turned out in a long time. Here are our turn in boxes from the event.

Next competition for Smoke Break BBQ will be Liberty, In on May 1,2.

Don’t forget to sign up for the BBQ 101 class we still have open seats available.

Squealers BBQ & Wicked Good Charcoal…

Posted in Around the house, Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by Big JT

On Saturday we made the trip up to Mooresville, In to pick up Some Wicked Good Charcoal from a BBQ place called Squealers. I have never been there, but I heard that it was owned and operated by a fairly successful competition team.  I wasn’t expecting much in the way of food since it was after all a restaurant.  When we pulled into the parking lot and opened the doors you were immediately hit with the aroma of smoke (which is good if you are a BBQ place)

Once inside you were greeted withdozens of awards and other bbq decor hanging on the walls.

I ordered the 3 meat pit sampler; Ribs, Brisket, and Pulled pork with slaw and potato salad as sides. After about 15 minutes our orders arrived.

Well I can say that i was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food that we received, everything was well seasoned and had the right amount of smoke. I asked for my meal dry since they apply sauce for you in the back. Turns out i didn’t need any sauce at all.  I ended up taking the ribs home and eating them for dinner later that night.

And finally I now have 20 bags of WIcked Good Charcoal in my garage waiting to be used.