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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.