The entire family made the short trip down to Claremore, OK. We were greeted by a rare site this BBQ season – sunshine! After setting up and getting the AC running, I worked on prepping everything while my sons played with the Ncognito Cookers kids.
I thought I had a solid cook but was disappointed with my chicken. To my surprise, the judges disagreed and scored it a 174 for 3rd!
I followed with 6th Ribs, 7th Pork and 10th Brisket for 4th Overall!
I almost accomplished two goals at once – a Top 5 finish and all scores above 170… alas, my brisket was a 169.1084. But I was excited for a bit more consistency and 4th. Congrats to my friends Three Hog Night on their GC and American Dream RGC. Next stop is a little break from BBQ and family vacation.
Till next time…
We thought it would be fun to pick up the boys after their last day of school Friday and head down to Grand Lake in Oklahoma.
The first stop was Langley, Oklahoma for the Grand Lake BBQ Festival We were greated with a steady rain for setup and some fierce overnight storms. Surprisingly, none of my setup was damaged in the storms.
I thought my cook went fairly smoothly but the judges didn’t much care for the pork shoulder and brisket. In the end, Oklahoma Jayhawk only managed one call with 7th place ribs (which is shockingly 3 for 3 Top Ten calls in ribs).
After packing everything up, we made a short drive over to Water’s Edge RV to camp out the rest of the weekend. We spent the time relaxing, playing catch, camp fires and watching our sons play with neighboring kids. It was a great weekend away from home.
Till next time…
It really did feel like battling the weather more than making BBQ this weekend. I’d love to go over the details, but am too tired and soaked. Here is the summary:
Every piece of equipment I own is dripping wet
Chicken 20th, Ribs 8th, Pork 14th, Brisket 20th, Overall 15th (two times in a row now)
Till next time…
Made the short drive down to Sand Springs, OK this past weekend for my first KCBS contest of the year. With a couple of practice cooks under my belt from 2 weeks ago, I was optimistically “ready” to give it a go. After arriving and setting up, I was treated to an awesome potluck hosted by Joe and Kelly of MooChewSooey. Then it was time for getting down to business.
The cook went smoothly for the most part despite Oklahoma standard windage of 20-25 mph. Pork butts flew thru cooking and were up to temp about an hour early. Not sure how I managed to break/crack a turn-in box while adding kale…
In the end we all congratulated David and Chris for another dominate cook and GC. Uncle BCs swooped in for RGC. I managed to end the day with two Top 10 calls out of 33 teams.
Pork Butt 20th (oops)
Luckily, my 10th place ribs were the highest score table 251 gave out all day (they didn’t have another score in the top half of the field). As for the pork butt, I thought it was the best product I put out all day… so there I go thinking I know what the judges want. Next stop is Sam’s Club in Overland Park – where I’ll have to step up my game if I want to make it past the first round.
Till next time…
Round trip of a little over 1600 miles to pick up my new toy. The truck and trailer held up well but the bridges at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on Hwy 60 are old, sketchy and narrow. My trailer was simultaneously hanging over the white line (inches from the cement/metal sides) and over my half of the double yellow line. This was fine until I saw an 18-wheeler coming the other way.
On the way out, I went from Coffeyville to Chattanooga with stops for diesel and the Loveless Cafe. The cafe is on the south side of Nashville. I got some country ham, fried eggs, hashbrown casserole, biscuits and turnip greens – everything was really good. After a good nights rest, I headed out early for Deep Sout Smokers in Cumming, GA. Randall was quick to load up my new toy and I was off for my marathon home. The way back only saw stops for diesel. Unfortunately while checking my trailer, on my second stop, I was greeted with a deflated caster wheel on my new smoker. I racheted down the other three straps and carried on.
The next morning, I spent awhile getting the caster wheel patched before I was able to move my Deep South RGC (nickname pending – you may recall I called my Weber smokers the Amigos). Now to say Randall builds a solid pit is an understatement, because this is his smallest model and it is plenty heavy. It took a solid effort to move it up hill to the back patio.
I loaded it up with one bag Stubb’s briqs and gave it a run to see: 1) how long it would take to get up to temp and 2) how long it would hold temp. It took 90 minutes from being lit to 275 degrees and held it for over 13 1/2 hours. I say over 13 1/2 hours because I shut it down at that point and went to bed. When I checked it the next morning, I found it used about 3/4-7/8 of one bag compared to the 3 1/2-4 bags I needed my Webers.
In no particular arrangement, I placed all the pans I will use in a typical contest on the four racks. Now to just order up some meat and do a few practice runs to play with arrangement and cooking times.
Till next time…
Kristi and I had been talking about wanting to go to a Chiefs game for awhile, and decided this Sunday was the time to get it done. Kristi’s parents agreed to watch the boys Sunday and get them off to school Monday morning, so off we went Sunday morning. We made a pit-stop for brunch/lunch at The Farmhouse near Downtown KC. The food was pretty good, I especially liked the curried carrot soup with chili oil. If you are into hipster decor and good farm-to-table food, check them out.
After filling our bellies with mamosa, bloody mary, and food, we headed to Arrowhead. Prepaid Gold parking thru Gate 5 is totally worth the $60 it costs if you go to a game. We were waived straight in and got parking in the third row. We got to Arrowhead a little early so we strolled around the Hall of Fame and grabbed some brews before heading to our seats.
Section 120 in row 32 has a pretty good view. We had a few sprinkles during pregame but stayed dry for the game. The Chiefs rewarded our journey with defensive bonaza for the win. Turnovers were awesome to watch but a kickoff team scoring on a fumbled return was spectacular.
After making an easy exit from Arrowhead (Gold Parking Gate 5 people!), we headed to Power & Light to check in for our overnight stay at The Ambassador. Since we are old, we just chilled in our room and watced Sunday night football with room service.
Tomorrow morning we are heading home to Coffeyville. Till next time…