Not much is going on at this time. We are smoking a couple of chickens today. We will be cooking again on the 4th of July. We have applied for judging a couple of contests, but haven't heard back yet.
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Now for all the details from Lincolnton. Teams are not permitted to set up until 4PM on Friday, as the contest is held in downtown, around the courthouse. We requested a different site as the original site was on a pretty steep incline. Hard to operate in a trailer that's running down hill. They were having some sort of power problems. We didn't get any power until 8PM or so. The most annoying thing of the evening was having to listen to a highpitched motorcycle doing wheelies for about 3 hours.
The organizers have a new gal in charge, so things were a little hetic. Hopefully, there will be lessons learned and improvements next year. Cooks meeting had too much going on. Missed out on our cook's bag. Clear instructions on where to get your t-shirts, free beverages etc. were not explained.
The weather was great. There was a fairly large turn out of the public. I think it was much larger than in previous years when we have cooked there.
The first contest of the year for us has come & gone. We were not exactly sure what to expect,
as we have been practing on trying some new things. Lincolnton was kinda testing the waters. While our placement finshes were not what we had hoped for, our individual scores weren't bad.
From the results of our indivual scores, we can see the areas where we need to tweak and improve. Some things just did not go as practiced at home. At home the chicken skin, you were able to bite through it. The chicken at the contest, you could not. Anybody else have that problem? And have you figured out the answer?
Tomorrow is finish straightening day for getting evrything back in order.
Tomorrow more details from the contest.
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.