We went to Greer on August 24th to judge. I think there were a lot of new teams competing from the looks of the boxes at our table. The boxes were just a little on the messy side. There definitely was room for improvement on the presentations, yet judges still scored them a 9. A 9 should not need any improvements, and a judge does the team a disservice to score an entry that way. The team will not know they need to work on improvements if they are getting 9s. Also, no comment cards were available, and these teams really needed comments. All in all it was the most disappointing contest I have judged. Our table only had 2 or 3 entries that were good, the rest not good. And no comment cards when they would have been really helpful.
No cooking going on. Finally received conformation back from Maggie Valley, and we didn't get in before they were full.. Looks like our next event will be judging next month in Greer. Stay tuned.
We will be cooking on Labor day Monday Sept 2nd. So place your order now to make sure your Labor Day meal is ready.
The schedule has been updated with the latest contest and judging dates. Actually we are still waiting conformation of the Maggie Valley contest. Did a little practicing on ribs around the house over the weekend. Got a new secret weapon we're gonna try on the ribs.
We judged this past weekend in Lincolnton NC. There were a few entries that were good, with brisket being the best category. I was not impressed with any of the pork entries. I turned in a number of comment cards.
Finally an update on the Evans GA contest. The weather was great! Warm, but a nice cool breeze all weekend. The park is a great location. The music was good. Lots of top competition. We didn't win anything this go round, with our best score in ribs...13th place.
The awards we received at the Jiggy with the Piggy are the first of this kind we have. A glass trophy and a metal (like a sign) trophy.
Kannapolis NC.... Our second contest of the year, and Friday was Brian's birthday. The weather was great! Did get a small downpour during tearing down. This was the Inaugural Jiggy with the Piggy contest and they did a fantastic job for a first year contest. Our results were a bit better than King's Mtn with a 1st place finish in Chicken, and a 2nd place in Pork We missed 1st place Pork by 2/10000 of a point. The ribs killed us. We didn't turn in the sweet candied ribs this time and the judges scored them low. We managed a 12th place overall.
The first place trophy is a really nice(and heavy) glass flame. I'll post pictures of it later.
Next contest is in 2 weeks, in Evans GA.
Did our first judging on the season, BBQ Capital of the World. Brian actually judged, and I was a table captain. While I didn't get to sample any of the entries at our table, I did sample from the grazing table. Only a couple of the samples I had were fairly good, not so for the rest.
Just finished our first contest of the year. The weather was cloudy all day Friday, with a short thunder storm rolling through. Saturday was great. We were not happy with any of entries and the best finish we had was 9th in Pork. The judges pretty much agreed with us on our entries. We finished overall in about the middle.