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I won my first competition......

post #1 of 10
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But it was just a back yard party contest.  All for fun & charity.  Two groups, the Home Brewer's club & The Pepper Lovers club got together for a brew & BBQ contest & party.  They brought the beer & we brought the BBQ & sides.  There were 10 pulled pork entries.  This was my second time competing in my group which we do once a month with different themes.  I was able to get a good idea of what they liked last time since I just joined them & they like some heat so I brought it but didn't try to kill anyone.  Also I didn't have much prep time for the last contest.


So this time I had a chance to make my own chipotle sauce which I used in this "Smokey Chipotle Sauce".  Its a lil Carolina tang & some southwestern heat combo finishing sauce for pulled pork.  I doubled the chipotle sauce & cut the ketchup.  I also made the ketchup. 


Spicy Rub


1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 cup Paprika

1/2 cup Celery Salt

2 Tbsps. Granulated Garlic

1/2 Tbsp. Mustard Powder

1/2 Tbsp. White Pepper

1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

2 tsps. Ground Thyme

1/2 tsp. Salt


Chipotle Barbecue Sauce


1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 1/4 cup Ketchup

1/4 cup chipotle sauce

3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp. Salt

2 Tbsps. Yellow Mustard


*not sure where I found these recipes but they work for me


I made 3 & had to pull them off the smoker at 195 which I wasn't thrilled about but I just wrapped em & put em in a cooler with towels & 6 heated fire bricks lol!.  Fortunately the contest got started late which seems normal protocol with the club.  The butts got to rest 1.5 hours & I started pulling 10 min before contest started.  I don't sauce mine so I did not want it to dry out in a crock pot.  I just warmed the dutch oven & stuck it in insulated bag. 

Thats my chunky stuff there in the middle

Some nice sides & there was chips/dips/salsas outside

My prize......a pig cookie jar rofl!  Gonna put flour in it & stick that next to the stove for sausage gravy. 


Sorry my camera one is ordered.  Here we are getting together $50 for my man Justin to eat 1/4 of a ghost pepper.  I stopped by his house this morning with snow cones.  We asked wth are you bringing me snow cones for?  I told him he will need em to wipe his butt in the near future. 


Anyway it was fun & sorry if I bored anyone :) 

post #2 of 10

Looks great. I loved the snow cone comment I tell people that and they give me a blank stare, I tell them nevermind you'll figure it out.

post #3 of 10

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the recipes.


Wish I was there to snag that $50.  I have some ghost peppers and trinidad scorpions here at the house and have popped them in my mouth from time to time ;).

post #4 of 10

Chipotle Sauce


Are you making your own, or what exactly as you using?

post #5 of 10

Congrats on the win!  Good fun too.  Snow cones would be in order....or a huge block of ice!



post #6 of 10

Nice job for a good cause....looks like all had a great time....congrats on the win......Willie

post #7 of 10

Congratulations. I guess this makes you the local Prince of Pork!



post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone!  The recipe for the sauce I posted is what I would use if I bought ketchup & bought chipotle sauce.  That is as close as I can get you to my own home made ingredients.  I also make my own tomato paste along with other sauces & salsa's with my home grown tomatoes.  All I did to make the chipotle sauce part of the bbq sauce recipe was smoke em up for a few hours, throw em in a blender with a smoked tomato, lime juice, cider vinegar & a lil water.....then strained it.  For the contest I used 1/2 cup of my chipotle sauce in the recipe.  Hope that this is making sense :)  I will post my ketchup recipe on the bottom & its as good as Heinz & some say better. 


While I like things hot & spicy I have not graduated to eating those ghost peppers raw.  These folks are like mad scientists with them & were talking about the trinidad ones too.



1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup simple syrup (I use corn syrup)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
dash of cloves
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and slimmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove pan from heat and cover until cool.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

post #9 of 10

Nice!  Congrats on the win, pretty clear from the pics which one was the real quality que!!!


Nicely done!



post #10 of 10

Looks like such a fun time. Congrats on the WIN! wink.

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