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Busy few months… quick update and then were off again…

Posted in Around the house, Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2012 by Big JT

It has been a busy few months since the last post, we have competed several times, vended at a few places and actually had a weekend off… here are some pictures from the past few months, like they say a picture is worth a thousand words…

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Liberty,In BBQ results and other things

Posted in Competition BBQ with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by Big JT

Well, about 2 weeks ago we competed at the Liberty, In Smokin’ on the Water competition. This was our third year there and they had definitely added some improved electric and water utilities for all the teams. 31 teams showed up to battle it out. Since we didn’t have our new offset cooker yet, we decided to run the Ole Hickory CTO even though I had retired it to vending and catering only.  We arrived mid afternoon after a few stops and started to set everything up and socialize with the neighbors.  We had Jeff and Shelly from Yellow River BBQ, Rich from Bonehead BBQ and a new team WeQ4U on the other side. We couldn’t have asked for any better neighbors.

The overall results of Liberty weren’t that great, on the bright side we got a 6th place call in ribs and the DBQ Smokin Sauce took 4th / 20 teams. Chicken gave us fits as it wasn’t up to the temp we like for turn in but it wasn’t undercooked, well the legs were. We ended up with a 18th place finish. We had an issue with the CTO, some of the internal wiring that controls the draft fans had actually broke and we had to do emergency smoker surgery by Droid Flashlight app at about 0345 in the morning, which put us behind our schedule. We all thought pork was good, and even brisket was good but not good enough as we finished 17th and 20th respectively in those categories’.  Lady’s Grilled Banana Pudding finished 3rd in the anything but category, the winner turned in Brisket something or other… Not sure what it was.

I want to take this time and congratulate Marc and Matt from Velvet Smoke on the Grand Champion at Liberty, I hope there are many more for those guys. They say the first one is the hardest one to get. We also want to say good luck to the few teams we know are down at Memphis in May. DBQ is down there cooking the Whole Hog category, that’s a tough one, not a lot of Party teams cook whole hog… As one of my BBQ Mentors says “Better have your big girl panties on”

Memorial Day weekend we are taking a trip down south to Burleson, Tx to pick up the new Jambo Pit. I think we are going to make a pit stop and eat at one of the newest BBQ restaurants in the Memphis area… Memphis BBQ Company. It’s going to be a long trip down there but it will be worth it to pick up the new pit. Once we pick up the pit we have one week, well actually less than one week to try and figure it out before we head up to Fair Oaks, In for the Milk Cow Music Festival and compete for $15,000 in prize money.

BBQ Bucket List…

Posted in Competition BBQ, Important News with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2012 by Big JT

There was a post on that got me thinking, what BBQ Competitions and events do I want to do before I “retire” from Competition BBQ, or even better yet, what are my GOALS for competition bbq.

When I started my journey in Competition BBQ obviously I wanted to win as I am a very competitive person and really hate to lose or do bad at anything. My ultimate goal my first KCBS sanctioned event was to turn everything in on time and to not finish last in any category.  I ultimately accomplished that goal in Benton, Kentucky in 2010 and actually exceeded it with a 5th place finish in the Chicken category. My next goal my rookie year was to finish in the top half of the field and I accomplished that at the very next competition in Liberty,In with a 7th overall out of 36 teams and that included two HUGE walks with a 1st place ribs and a 2nd place pork. The rest of my Rookie season didn’t  go as well as I had planned, and even the beginning of 2011 started out kind of rocky, but it picked up in Westmont,Il with a 1st place chicken call in a very tough field of cooks and my first ever encounter with a 2 hour rain delay at a competition. The calls kept coming for the remainder of the year and we ended up with several Top 5 overall finishes and the last 6 competitions of the year our brisket and pork were rarely out of the top 10.

This year starts the quest for our first Grand Championship and I am putting it out there for everyone to see, we have come to close too many times and this year we are going to earn our way into accomplishing some of the other goals or “Bucket list of Competition BBQ”

1. Taking Grand Champion at a competition – Easy enough said right? Well this has to happen for us to continue to our next several items.

2. Cooking the American Royal open and Invitational – I have always said I want to cook the Royal, but the only way I am going is if i can cook the back to back open / invitational.

3. Cooking at the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championship – Most people would say win the Jack Daniels, but you have to be selected to cook it first , so let me be selected and then we can talk about winning the thing…lol.

4. Cooking at Memphis in May – Worlds largest Pork BBQ competition. I want to cook whole hog and do the on site presentation. Whole hog is where the big boys play at MIM may score horribly but I have learned from the best and think i could hold my own against any team down there.

5. Sams Club BBQ Series – I kind of have mixed feelings about this, on one hand its the closest thing that we have to a play off series in BBQ, on the other hand is it really the BEST teams in the Nation you are cooking against, now I know what you are saying… “JT who are you to say your one of the best in the nation!” and I say just watch and see… We are still a young team experience wise and I believe this is the year everything starts to snowball in our favor.

6. KCBS TOY – I am leaving this as the last item on my list. At some point in my BBQ career I want to be able to drop everything and set my sights on the KCBS  Team of the Year, I realize that I will have to grind it out for 30-40 competitions, but I want to be able to say that I did it.

7. Friendships – I have to say the BBQ community is one of the best ones I have ever been involved with. Most everyone is like family even if you only see them once or twice a year you can pick up right where you left off. There are weekends that I’m not cooking that I am always checking for results to see how this person or that person did at their competition. Just last week when I saw that Rob from 2 Worthless Nuts got the 180 chicken and overall GC I was just as thrilled as if it had been me up there getting those awards. Same goes for any of our BBQ friends If i dont do well at a competition I sure as hell hope one of my Friends cleans up at awards.

Well the blog kind of swayed from it original intent, but who cares, its mine anyways… Be sure to check out products from my sponsors , , & I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without their support. Also, we will be in Liberty,IN at the Smoke on the Water Festival by the Lake the first weekend of May so stop by, IM not sure if Shane from Draper’s BBQ will be up sampling his products or not. After that it looks like we may be heading to Westmont,Il and Fair Oaks, In back to back weekends plus Jeffersonville,IN and Franklin,IN back to back weekends with us vending at Franklin. So stop by and see us, and at Franklin, stop by and eat some bbq!

PS. DONT forget about our BBQ 101 class at Eastside Community center coming up in July, make contact with Eastside to register and get your name on the list.