It was a great ending/beginning of the NEBS barbecue season for our team. We won our 5th Massachusetts State Championship. It's a great feeling to do well in our home State. There were a few bumps along the way but all in all it was a great weekend. We were set up next to one of our favorite competitors the gang from Lunchmeat. They're a lot of fun to be around and just a great bunch of folks. We placed 6th in Chicken, 4th in ribs, 3rd in pork and 3rd in Brisket. Lunchmeat took Reserve Grand.
We have a homemade water filler for our Backwoods but I left the water Jug in Reno(oops). Our waterpan got pretty low sometime during the night and the temp on the cooker spiked to 325 degrees. One Brisket got completely overcooked but luckily we were able to salvage the second brisket. The Pork turned out a little darker than normal but tasted pretty good. We've struggled with chicken all year long so we decided to cook some white meat as well as dark since we will need to do that for the Jack Daniels contest this year. Since our chicken hasn't done that well all year we didn't see it as too risky. We were happy with the results but there is definately room for improvement. We need to get more flavor into the breast meat.