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I finally bit the bullet...I competed in a BBQ competition.

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this isn't your typical bbq comp story. I've been smoking for 14 years now and never considered doing a competition. Why? I guess you could say im a BBQ Purist. yea I know, im old fashioned for a 30 year old. If your bbq is good it does not need



BBQ sauce. Just meat trimmed correctly, rub, smoke, steady temp, wrap, and slice only when you need it. I don't believe in basting ribs with jelly, injecting a perfectly good brisket etc. However, I do make 3 different sauces and my wife and I will bring our sauce to a bbq restaurant if there bbq isn't up to par. anyway, my friend wanted to do the in town Homers Backyard Ball in Amarillo, Tx (State Texas Championship cookoff) it was for Make a Wish so I told him if he found sponsorship we would do it. (The $10,000 up for grabs was a good incentive also) he found sponsorship so we were in and all food got paid for. I told him I would do ribs he could do the other three categories (we only did chicken, chili ribs, brisket) I quickly noticed I was the only bbq guy out there who was not a 'painter' (the guys that paint on the honey, jelly, sauces, glaze, etc.) My cooking partner could not believe I was not injecting my ribs, drowning them in marinade, and coating them in jelly. I simply trimmed them nicely, de-felted, squared them up rubbed them with my rub, smoked them and when they were done I broke down and lightly sauced them with my 'sweet garlic' bbq sauce. After 60mph winds at 4 am friday where I lost a NEW 12'x12' canopy and ALOT of dust being blown around the results were in...There were 105 teams that participated My ribs scored out to put me in 8th place. It paid $80.00 and was overall a fun experience. My cooking partner did not place anywhere, but we had a fun time drinking some beer, listening to Texas Country, and smoking some Q' ...sometimes less is more and to stick out of the crowd you have to do something non-conventional (plus I think I had a tough judges table haha) the ribs had a perfect horseshoe bite mark when bitten into. Overall a fun experience and will probably do again next year.   

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Happy smoken.


post #3 of 15
That is awesome! Congrats on the placing.

One day I will get to compete, but for now we will start judging to get familiar......
post #4 of 15

Congrats on the call.  It always feels good to be recognized for a product you take pride in cooking.

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Congratulations! Whatcha mean, wind and sand in Amarillo in the sumertime? Oh my! Light a tumbleweed, turn it loose, and you'll clear burn all the weeds and both the trees from Amarillo to Odessa in one afternoon. ROFL.......


105 teams, its really grown. 

post #6 of 15

That's very cool!  Congrats on placing...sounds like fun!



post #7 of 15

Congrats Backwoods BBQ!

post #8 of 15

Congrats on the Great Call!  We are proud of you!



post #9 of 15

Well done my brother.  I agree with you; the meat is good or it ain't and covering it up with sauce MAY mean tryin to hide mistakes.  Havin said that, if you wanna compete ya gotta play tha game.  $80.00 will by a few LoneStars for the next smoke. cheers.gifWELL DONE!  Keep Smokin!


post #10 of 15

Congratulations, very well done.



post #11 of 15

Congratulations! I'm not one to really "slather" on the sauce. Most times if it's good meat, that's what I want to taste! Good for you in sticking to what you believe!

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Good to hear you did it, and did well. Does this mean more competitions for you in the future?

post #13 of 15

Congratulations on the accomplishment. Sounds like big fun.

post #14 of 15

Way to go and you're supporting a great cause.  I've been cutting back on the car shows I do but if it's for a children's charity, there is a good change that I'll be there.

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Not sure if I'm going to get into the competition circuit full fledged, the problem is that judges often times have no idea what good BBQ is especially with big competitions where they use in town locals. A lot Of these people have notions in there head that good BBQ should taste like the pre packaged frozen tubs in the grocery store. On the other hand I might do them just to jack with the judges "cooks choice event" put some boiled crawfish in a container or some fried frog legs!!!! Haha basically forcing them to try stuff that is really GOOD expanding their horizons
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