Everything seem to go well this weekend. Tried a couple of new things, which the judges didn't seem to like as much as we did. Best we could do for the weekend was 8th place chicken.
Super Bowl this year was a little more special as the home team was playing. We had the biggest cook for a Super Bowl yet. Had to fire up the big and the little cooker. Also cooked a brisket and a rack of ribs. Cooked 270 lbs of pork.
We had the pleasure of cooking the staff Christmas dinner again this for church. Brisket, baked potatoes, green beans and rolls. Another couple did the desserts this year.
Seems as if I forgot to update on the last contest of the year. Also give a big thanks to Dean for coming and running boxes for us. The weather was great, the best weather I can ever remember for Shelby, even Friday night was warm. And way better than last year. We only managed to win people's choice this year.
Judged the first Smoking in the Foothills contest this weekend. Another great weather weekend, and a good turn out. The entries were a mixture of some good and not so good samples. Pork being the best category overall, with a few good chicken and brisket entries. Ribs were the most disappointing. We'll be finishing up the year in a couple of weeks at Shelby.
Back to back contests this month. And what a difference in weather from one week to the next. It rained the whole weekend, surely didn't need the AC this weekend. But I did need my new rain boots. The Friday night get together was canceled due to the rain. We ended up going to a seafood restaurant with Smoke This. Managed to place 6th in chicken, 8th in pork, and another team first(we have never done the People's Choice), 1st in People's Choice.
.Another great contest hosted by Tilly's Harley Davidson and Gary Moss. The weather was just like summer, so we had a chance to try out our new air conditioner. Man, it worked great! Friday night get together, hosted by Pickin' Porkers, one of the biggest crowds we seen. Lots of great food and fellowship. A cake for Killer Bees. We managed a 7th in ribs.
This weekend there were a couple of firsts for the team. 1. Trip to Floyd VA 2. First time Brian has done a contest by himself. I had to stay home with the dog to tend to some medical stuff going on.
Have to give a big thanks to Dean Wertz and his wife Karen for helping out in my absence. Karen ran the boxes for the team.
Friday night was food and fellowship with several other teams. Sharing grilled NY strips, potato salad, green beans, corn on the cob, cucumber salad, chicken and shrimp gumbo.
The mountains in the meadows of Dan were beautiful, and the weather was perfect.
Our chicken and ribs have done pretty good so far this year, not sure what happened to them in VA. We did manage a 4th in brisket and 13th overall.
Judged the second annual contest in Asheboro. Judging location was moved to a bigger space this year. Had a few good entries. Everything ran smoothly.
We had sweet treats of cookies and cupcakes afterwards. But we were really looking forward to the Dippin Dots we had last year.
Did a little cooking at home today. We cooked a variety of items this go round. 145 lbs of butts, 20 lbs of brisket, 3 racks of ribs, 12 lbs of chicken, 2 gallons of beans and a gallon of slaw.
Candy is a team member, certified judge, table captain and IT person for the team. She joined the team in 1999 and assists the head cook.