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I survived the state championship

Discussion in 'Pork' started by 2bears, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. 2bears

    2bears Smoke Blower

    Well that was pretty fun (I am hooked now) We just finished the Big Island BBQ State Championship Saturday. I had a lot of help from you guys and a couple friends from where I live (Thank you).

    The product all turned out pretty dog gone good, gave a ton of samples out to get a feel of what the people thought of it all and the response was very good. I was even asked to cook for an event from a gal that tasted the ribs then walked away and came back a few min later telling me how good they were and wanted to know if I would cook for an event for her.

    I will post some pictures when I can, not sure if we even got the cut Q view's  but did get pics before I foiled the product.

    My goal was to not end up at the bottom of the list and I ended up at 49th out of 64  teams overall (very happy with that for my first time). The teams came from all over the midwest. I even beat a known resturant that does this type of food for their living so I am happy with my results even though I didn't hit the top ten.

    We had 2 smokers (both identical) and I cooked using hickory in one and oak in the other, interesting thing is that people are split about 50/50 on which wood flavor they liked. I gave everyone ribs cooked with oak and hickory. The biggest difference was the hickory was more reddish and the ribs cooked with oak were darker but both tasted very good.

    Briskets Smoked with oak

    Ribs Smoked with Hickory

    Boston Butts Smoked with Hickory
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats, sounds like you had fun and well isn't that what this is all about[​IMG]
  3. Kudos on a job well done!!! Sounds like you had a blast, which is key...

    What was the rub on the brisket and pork shoulder? It all looks very tasty!!! [​IMG]
  4. Very cool, I will have to make a few events next year to check out the competitions in Minnesota. How many events have you done?  
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Very nice showing for the first time out for sure - nice looking product
  6. 2bears

    2bears Smoke Blower

    This was my first event, only been smoking for about 8 weeks.:) hooked now though and am going to build a trailer unit this winter, I have a 120 gal tank to build now but am leaning on going with a 250 gal tank for the trailer.
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great job 2bears!  [​IMG]

    Everything looks really good!

    Only One Bear
  8. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Congrats!!  I haven't done the comp thing yet but look forward to it. Keep posting your results. I bet we see you at the top in no time.