Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The show was fun to watch

The show was both fun and painful to watch. We came out of the gate very strong with a 25 point lead. Our pork couldn't have come out better and the cracklins we included just put us over the top. It was all down hill from there though.

We made our sauce for the tenderloin in a cast iron pan and the sauce started picking up some metalic flavors from the pan. We transferred it to a different pan and thought we were alright. Obviously we were wrong. That must have been the burnt taste the judges were complaining about. Maybe the longer the sauce sat the more pronounced the flavor got, we'll never know since we didn't taste it after turning in the venison. We also had other issues with the tenderloin. We originally wanted to turn in kabobs with cherries bet were informed it was against the rules. We also wanted to use a rub as a garnish but that was nixed too.

I won't even go into the crab. Let's just say it was not the freshest seafood on the planet.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Tonight's the night

Well the episode of the Barbecue Championship series that I participated in will be on tonight at 10:00pm on the versus chanel. I hope it's enjoyable.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Going to get my trailer

I'm sitting at a rest stop on Route 2 in Leominster MA waiting for Charlie to drop off my trailer. I have my fingers crossed that he doesn't have any problems and that I don't have any trouble on my way home.

It's been a long time since that trailer has been home. I'm looking forward to having it back in the yard so I can do some Holiday cooking. Maybe I'll bone out a couple of Turkeys and roast them in the FE one day this week. I also have a new larger firebox for my Caldera sitting in the trailer that Fred dropped off for me at the Jack. I'm curious how long of a burn time I will get with the larger firebox.

It looks like I have a lot of playing to do.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Winter Q

I was chatting with my fellow New England bbq'rs on the NewEngland BBQ Yahoo list last week and made the following post: "We need to organize a contest for December. Not just grilling but Barbecue. I'm Jonesing for a contest. I don't want the season to end" Well that little comment blossomed into a fullblown Barbecue contest that will be held in Lincoln New Hampshire on January 14th and 15th at the Inn Seasons Resort. There will be more info posted on the NEBS website if your interested.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Home Sweet Home

Charlie and crew made it home safely last night. We're glad to have them home safe and sound. I'll have to give him a call tonight so we can plan our next roadtrip..........NOT.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

On the road again

Well the 2nd transmission has been installed and the gang is on the road again 200 miles closer to home. Keep your fingers crossed !!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Saga continues

Charlie called me around 4:00pm. The good news is they traveled around 450 miles. The bad news is the new transimission just crapped out. He's somewhere in Virginia waiting for another transmission to arrive which probably won't be until sometime Friday. I'm at a loss for words.

Jack Continued

With a belly full of Southern delights it was time to prep the meat for competition. We trimmed our butts and briskets at home but we still had to trim Ribs and Chicken. Doug worked on the ribs and Charlie trimmed the chicken while I made up our injections for the pork and brisket. Once the meat was injected we put it in Zip Lock bags and then back into the cooler to rest before it was time to cook. We discussed when we would put the meat on the cooker and had to take into consideration that turn-in times were one hour later than a normal KCBS competition. We also discussed how we would present our meat in the boxes because the rules stated we had to have at least 7 pieces as opposed to the normal 6.

After the meat was prepped it was time to join the parade which is led by the Lynchburg High School band. While waiting for the parade to start I got to spend some time with Guy Fieri from the food network. We met at a bbq class in Houston before he bacame famous. I really enjoyed talking to him and hearing about all the exciting things he has coming up. The parade goes from the contest site through the center of town and over to the Visitors center where there are busses waiting to take people up the hill to a reception party. To be honest the reception was a bit of a disappointment this year. They served chili which was very good but really not up to par with the fried chicken and sides that were served last year. But it was good meeting and chatting with people from all over the world. There was plenty of free Jack Daniels and Lynchburg lemonade to go around.

I left the reception around 9:00pm because it was time to light the pit and get ready to cook some meat. I loaded up my Backwoods smoker with Wicked Good Charcoal and BBQr's Delight Pecan Smoke Stix and waited for it to come up to temp. It was somewhere around this time that I found out about my Friend Scotties Father passing. I tried to offer what comfort I could but knew there was really nothing I could do for him except let him know I was there for him.

At 11:00 pm I loaded the Butts and briskets into the Backwoods. A couple of people from the Qhaven bbq team stopped by for a visit and to share a drink. The wind was kicking up pretty good at times but it didn’t seem to affect the smoker. We had several visitors during the night.

The weather was much improved in the morning. Charlie got up at 6:00 am to season the ribs and put them on the smoker. He also added more charcoal, wood and water to the smoker. I got up around 7:30 to get ready for the day. The Chicken went on the smoker around 11:00 am and the brisket and butts came off to get some rest time. The ribs needed a little more time. Everything was looking pretty good. We had some visitors at this time but regrettably I really couldn't spend much time with them, we had too much to do. Doug spent most of the morning prepping his dessert. Charlie cooked our chefs choice entry.

The one entry I didn't like was our Pork. Of course pork is what we did best in. We did spend extra time on it trying to improve it's taste and texture. I guess it paid off. Between turn-ins and awards I got a visit from drbbq and Lee Ann Whippen who have both been on the television show The Barbecue Championship series. I have known both of them for awhile. I attended a drbbq cooking class a few years ago and I consider us friends. I have competed against Lee Ann several times and we have become friends. They both wanted to sample my ribs and brisket and I thought that was a real compliment in itself. I didn't really ask them what they thought because I didn't want to put them on the spot. My good friend Garry Howard from the smokering.com also stopped by.

After that we started breaking down camp and getting ready for the awards ceremony.