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Official SMF December Throwdown

post #1 of 46
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Announcing the first of SMF's Monthly Throwdowns.
It is time to get those creative juices flowing and fire up those smokers.
This months category is.........
Soups, stews, and chili.
Here are the rules, please read them carefully.

Official Monthly Throwdown Rules
1. The dish must be SMOKED in the cooking process, or feature SMOKED ingredients in a prominent manner.

2. You must follow the throwdown theme.

3. All entries must be cooked during the current throwdown period (12/1 - 12/31). A code word will be provided and must be written on an object and shown in your picture. This months code word is Groovy

4. All entries must be submitted by Midnight Eastern time on the night of 12/31.

5. Entries are to be submitted to me (Fired Up) via Private Message with ONE picture of your dish and a brief description of your entry. Do NOT post your entries in the general forum until after the contest winners have been determined or you will be DISQUALIFIED.This is to keep anonymity for the Members choice category.

6. There will be two categories for the judging. One will be determined by the judges of the events committee, and the other by SMF members choice through a voting poll. One contestant cannot win both categories. If that should happen, the runner up in the Members choice category will be the winner of that category. Any ties will be broken by the events committee's judging votes. Prize(s) if any will be awarded to the winner of each category.

7. Events committee judging will be based on three scores, each given a score of 1-10 for a 30 possible points per judge. These will then be combined with all of the judges scores. Whoever has the most points will be the winner. The judging will be based on these three scores.
ORIGINALITY =Trying something outside of the box.
APPEARANCE = How good the dish looks.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY = Technical difficulty and the amount of work that has gone into the dish.

8. Any entries that do not adhere to these rules will be disqualified. Judges decisions are final.

9. These rules are subject to change. Any changes made will be posted for everyone to see.

If you have any questions please send me (Fired Up) a private message and I will be happy to answer them for you.

Good Luck and have fun!

post #2 of 46
Sounds like it will be fun.
I'm already working on my dish in my head. I know what I want to do just need to refine it a little and get to work on it.
I like the idea of submitting one photo to you with a short description, will be a lot simpler and cleaner than posting entries in a thread.

Remember folks, send your entries to Fired Up

and not me Fire it up
post #3 of 46
This is awesome cant wait already got mine planned.PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #4 of 46
Aww man You've got to be kiddin me! i just did some meat for chili and stuff today...It figures the one time i'm on the ball with posting my pics the day I smoke something I don't have a groovy sign to put in the pics.
Oh Well!!PDT_Armataz_01_04.gif
post #5 of 46
Brad - his thread was posted today and in my opinion, would qualify as an entry since it was done in December. Just my $0.02. If anything, he would want to make sure his entry followed the rules laid out.
post #6 of 46
It's ok - you can still use smoked INGREDIENTS in your dish, and then when you PM Fired Up, it will still be anonymous!

So you posted pics of meat today - should be no big deal. Once chopped, diced, shredded, etc...and put in a dish - no one will know it was the meat you posted today, right? icon_cool.gif

Of course, that is MY interpretation of the rule - but I'm usually wrong when it comes to interpretation...just ask the Mrs.
post #7 of 46
Thanks Sumo And Bman for the support. Firedup PM'd me and straightened it out.
post #8 of 46
Great idea!

If I wasnt busy this month / way from my smoker for most of it I'd be in for sure!
post #9 of 46
This should be fun.Thanks to all who are running this contest....PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #10 of 46
Like the idea.
post #11 of 46
I just did 5 gallons of chili and posted it 2 weeks ago so I'm gonna have to skip outta this one. I'll be looking forward to the next one. I'm chili'd out...
post #12 of 46
So where do we submit the DNA for entry verification? icon_mrgreen.gif
post #13 of 46
I've changed my mine, I'm in!....
post #14 of 46
I hate to be the one throwin some cold water on this fine subject, but it seems the most important aspect of cooking is missing in this virtual cook-off... TASTE

Great looking pictures don't make something taste good. Otherwise isn't a recipe/picture contest and not a cook-off.

Someone has to try out the recipes and grade them. Possibly a committee of former pro cooks, who would have little difficulty in duplicating a recipe. Of course cost gets to be a factor, so put a limit on how much the total ingredient list could cost. In addition the contestant could either get on the phone or voice over internet guide the cook in preparation of the recipe.

The last step could be when the judging committee gets the contestant entrees down to 3 finalist.

Any entree can challenge the 3 finalist (prior to cooking by pro cook) by paying the pro cook for all ingredients to make the recipe. The pro cook should have at least 2 weeks to cook the recipes..
post #15 of 46
Im excited for this! I can't wait to come up with something.
post #16 of 46
come on, after all it IS a "virtual" throwdown. how about just have fun and share ideas/recipies. i would be willing to take it for granted that taste really isnt an issue and that all entrys are of course gonna be awesome tasting... who would post something they didnt feel was a great dish anyway. imho, keep with the plan and lets have some pics of some great tasting food. after that we all can try these out for ourselves if we wish and make up our own minds. great fodder for expanding horizons and sharing recipies we might not normally share. sorry just tryin to be an umbrella over a good idea...
post #17 of 46
Very well put Erain. I hope to enter the challenge but I got to work on my photo skills in the mean time.. It is a virtual contest and visual does matter and there's some semi pro's we be up against.
best of luck to the rest of the entries...
post #18 of 46
Organized in a simple and efficient manner, my compliments. Good luck to all!
post #19 of 46
I agree on taste, cause I have a VERY good entry, but what are you gonna do? I don't even think he wants the full recipe, just a short description. Appeal and looks is going to be the big factors here. I took over 20 pictures so I could pick out the best one.

So word of advice, get close ups, take some with flash, some with natural light, different angles, spoon, no spoon, whatever, have a fun time and session with it. Then comes the tough part, finding the one shot you think will get ya the win. :)
post #20 of 46
I disagree, it is what it is.

You'd probably be right if the first prize was a Ferrari as top prize between renowned international Chefs, but this is just a fun contest.

So the judges can't taste the actual product. That doesn't matter because its an eye appeal contest.

Just look at something Our newbie Treegje has done or something Cowgirl has done. Tell me that doesn't taste good. We need to keep this just a fun little contest.

Besides it would take some Great top of the line Pro cook to outcook Jeanie. icon_smile.gif
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