Howdy all! My and my guys competed in the Lakeland Pigfest this past weekend in Lakeland, FL. This was our 3rd year competing in this event and its one of the largest in FL and the entire SE. At the cooks meeting they actually told us it was the Biggest Backyard (Amateur) competition in the whole South East.
We got down there Thursday evening to setup and get cooking. Friday was vending only from 5pm - 10pm and Saturday was Vending and Competition all day. I've always hated the Presentation component of my turn ins overall, but i was very happy with the way we plated all of these boxes (see below). Also this year the KCBS allowed Kale to be used for Garnish so that was awesome and drastically cut down our box building time! Hopefully that rule sticks!
I dont get the results packet for another week because they mail them in but we did get a 9th place call in Pork!! That's the best we'd done in that category and on a huge stage! So i was very happy. I think there were 50+ teams in the Backyard division.
Here are my turn in boxes...would love any critiques on it or even a judging number from any KCBS judges on here! I have thick skin, let me have :)
Brisket - Loved the smoke ring but a little drier then mine usually come out.
Ribs - Was hoping for more uniform bone pull back
Pork - Still working on my money muscle work but this was the first time i used Horn meat and i really like the results. Adding that into my usual turn ins for now on
Chicken - I could have done a better job with glaze application
And here are some more photos of the team, our setup and vending!
Tried out a new recipe for vending...Teriyaki and Coffee braised beef tacos!
Part of the crew! @Rob63 (middle) and 2 friends who were first timers!
Bennet holding our 9th place ribbon!
My friend Jon displaying his love for this competition in his own special way haha
I got us some nice Dickeys shirts with patches!
Friday "night" around 3am
cutting a sample of the Teriyaki-Coffee beef to Quality-test :)