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2011 – Inaugural Kentucky State BBQ Festival

WOW!  That’s really all I can say about the innaugural Kentucky State BBQ Festival.  

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Brad & Cindy Simmons of Lucky Dog BBQcontacted me a couple of months ago about an idea that they had to create a festival atmosphere where competition quality BBQ was available for purchase by the public.  You see, BBQ competitions are all the craze these days but you can’t sample or buy the BBQ that the teams prepare.  They only prepare enough for the judges and since they travel all over competing, they aren’t certified by all the local health departments to serve the public.

Brad & Cindy’s idea was to emmulate the Big Apple Block Party format and have competition teams prepare their specialties and make it available for purchase by the public.  They coordinated with a half dozen teams and the health department, and then threw the gosh-dangdest festival I’ve been to in awhile.

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Big Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ, Craig Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porkers, Melissa Cookson of Yazoo Delta Q, Shelly Hunt of Desperados BBQ, and Brad and Cindy of Lucky Dog BBQ were the featured attractions, serving their competition grade BBQ.  But there was plenty more to take in.  Ray “Dr BBQ” Lampe was on hand for cooking demonstrations on the Big Green Egg. Shane Draper of Draper’s BBQ was there with his awesome new rubs and sauces.  And there was a wide varity of vendors displaying their wares and an excellent selection of music throughout the day.

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I spent some time getting photos and taking in the festival, but I spent a good part of the day on Saturday pitching in to help the Peg Leg Porker team handle over 1,000 customers.  The festival began at 11:00am and by 4:30pm, Peg Leg was sold out of his Memphis style pork shoulder sandwiches.  Lucky Dog was out of brisket about the same time,  and all the other teams ran short on at least one item.  For a first year event, the turnout was phenomenal.

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Firehouse BBQ took home the People’s Choice award, but with the turnout and incredible November weather, all the teams were winners.  I sure hope this becomes an annual event!

Here’s a link to a few more photos.

Cheers,
Braddog 

Pig-Con Delta Averted!

Through our efforts this weekend, I’m pleased to announce that Pig-Con Delta was averted.  I received this traffic from the Kulinary Command Battle Staff (KCBS) commander to let me know that we have completed this exercise and that we’ll be doing it again next year. 

EXERCISE    EXERCISE    EXERCISE 

CLASSIFICATION: LUDICROUS

TO: TASK FORCE BACKWOODS

FROM:  KULINARY COMMAND BATTLE STAFF (KCBS) 

SUBJECT: OPERATION HICKORY SMOKE III

1. BY ORDER OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL HARWOOD “LUMPY” CHARKOAL, COMMANDER KCBS, ALL “PRO JUNIOR” FORCES ARE DIRECTED TO STAND DOWN AND RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS. 

2. ASSUME POSTURE: PIG-CON ALPHA   

3. THE COMMANDER AND HIS ENTIRE STAFF EXPRESSES THEIR DEEP APPRECIATION FOR YOUR PATRIOTISM AND DEDICATION TO THE MISSION (REAL WORLD).  DUE TO YOUR EXORDINARY EFFORTS, ADVERSARY “GRUMBLING BELLY” HAS BEEN SUPPRESSED.

4. FOR FUTURE PLANNING PURPOSES, EXPECT AN RFF (REQUEST FOR FOOD) FROM KCBS ON OR ABOUT 23 OCT 2012.  THIS RFF WILL INCLUDE DIRECTION FOR TF BACKWOODS TO EXERCISE DEPLOYMENT OF THE RAGING INFERNO BRIQUETTE SYSTEM (RIBS) AS A CONCEPT DEMONSTRATOR.

END OF MESSAGE

CLASSIFICATION: LUDICROUS

EXERCISE    EXERCISE    EXERCISE

I never served, but I can support those who do.  And the best part is that I can do it with something that I love to do;  BBQ!

Cheers,
Braddog 

2011 – Operation Hickory Smoke

For the third year in a row, I’ve teamed up with a good friend of mine ( a retired Lt. Colonel in the USAF) to feed some of the troops at Scott Air Force Base. They seem to enjoy the BBQ, and I enjoy cooking it as my way of saying thanks for their service.

We fired up the Backwoods Pro Jr. on Friday night and had 7 pork butts on by 10:30pm. They started finishing up by mid-morning on Saturday, perfect timing to get them pulled and transported to the base. I hope they enjoyed the grub.

Here are a couple of shots of my work.

Cheers,

Braddog

2011 Praise the Lard BBQ Competition

I had the opportunity to travel back to Murphysboro, IL this weekend and attend 17th Street BBQ’s annual competition, Praise the Lard.  This is the second time I’ve attended the event, but the first time that I was able to stay for the awards ceremony on Saturday night.  

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This event is a little unique in that it’s a combined event with both a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) & and a Memphis BBQ Network (MBN) contest occuring at the same time.  KCBS contests feature stricly blind judging in the categoreis of chicken, ribs, pulled pork, and brisket.  While MBN contests feature both blind judging and team presentations in the categories of whole hog, pork shoulder, and ribs.  Some teams competing this weekend entered both contests, while other (and probably the majority of the) teams entered only one or the other.

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The more involved in the BBQ culture I become, the more friends and acquitances I acquire.  Carey Bringle & his team at Peg Leg Porker welcomed me and allowed me to hang out with them on Saturday.  I watched Carey’s presentations for shoulder & ribs and gained a new appreciation for the MBN teams.  I was pulling for Carey and his guys to bring home some hardware from the event.  While they fell a little short in the 3 MBN categories, I thought it was fitting that they did win the Ambassador’s Award for hospitatliy and showmanship.  They were gracious hosts and I enjoyed hanging out with them.

Peg Leg Porker Competition Team

I connected with Jeff at BBQ ProShop who particiapted as a judge for the KCBS competition.  I’m a customer of Jeff’s and it was good to put a face with the name.  Jeff’s a great guy and I encourage you to look him up if you’re in need of rubs, sauces, and accessories for your own BBQ adventures.

I also got a chance to connect with my Backwoods Smokers dealer, Brian Luke.  I met Brian at Praise the Lard a couple of years ago and bought a Backwoods Fatboy from him.  Brian also let me hang out with him in Steeleville, IL last spring.  Another great BBQ guy.

There are lots of others, but I can’t name them all.  It’s a really neat community of folks who enjoy competing and sharing their love for BBQ.  I look forward to doing it again real soon.

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Oh yeah, there was a competition going on too.  Tower Rock BBQ pulled off  a clean sweep in all 3 MBN categories and walked away with Grand Champion honors.  On the KCBS side,  Gilly’s Barnstormin’ BBQ took Grand Champion.

Here’s a link to a larger set of photos from the event.

Cheers,
Braddog 

Recap: Pig-a-palooza 2011

For the second year in a row I volunteered to smoke the pork butts & ribs for Pig-a-Palooza.  This is the big fund raiser for Jacob’s Ladder, an organization that provides scholarships to school children in our area to enable them pariticpate in music & band programs.  

We planned to cook 20 pork butts and 25 sides of ribs.  Ribs we served in 4-5 bone portions and we served nice big pulled pork sandwiches.  Additionally, we had a large grill to cook hamburgers & hotdogs on.

Friday night, I headed to the park at 10:30pm.  I had the cooker lit by 11:00 and we began rubbing the pork butts shortly after midnight.  We put half of the pork butts on at 1:00am, and the other half went on at 3:00am.  I managed to rack out for a couple of hours around 4:00am, but when you’re sleeping outside and it’s 90 degree weather you don’t sleep much.

We began pulling the membranes and trimming the baby back ribs at 9:30am.  We staggered the start times of 27 sides of ribs.  This allowed us to keep a steady stream of fresh ribs coming off the cooker throughout the afternoon.

There were lots of activities for the kids, music, and silent & oral auction items.  We had a great turnout despite a heat index of well over 100 degrees.

By the end of the day, we sold all of the BBQ that we had prepared.  I had great help from my friends and neighbors.  I can’t thank them enough for volunteering to help prepare and serve the food.  As I write this, I’m still pretty tired from working more than 20 hrs straight.  But I’m sure that I’ll be ready to do it again next year.

Here’s a link to a few more photos from Pig-a-Palooza 2011

Cheers,
Braddog 

Grillfest 2011

Just like last year, my buddy & I will be demonstrating the Big Green Egg for the local dealer.  This is their annual wing-ding where the manufacturer’s representatives come and display their wares, answer questions about their products, and cook samples for folks to try.

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Last year the Big Green Egg rep couldn’t make it, so we stepped up and handled the demo in his place.  They asked us back for another demo on Father’s Day weekend also.  I don’t mean to brag, but between the two demonstrations and their normal sales efforts we sold every Egg of every size that they had ordered for the entire season….and then some.

So if you don’t have plans this weekend, come on down to Hearthside Grill & Fireplace to check out the Big Green Egg (as well as the Weber, Traeger, & Holland line ups). 

Here are the details:

Hearthside Grill & Fireplace

http://www.hearthsidegrill.com

418 South Belt East
Belleville, IL

One Block East of the Fairgrounds.

We’ll be there from 8:00am – 8:00pm this Saturday, April 30th.  Hope to see you there!

Cheers, 
Braddog