Well, I am ready for my contest on the 11th. Best news I will get to be there as well. I thought I was going to miss it, again. I have done several practice runs getting ready for it. I did a practice run on Monday when I found I was I would be able to attend the contest. That run went really well. It was the best butt I have ever made. My other half said that was the best I had made. It separated with forks quite easily. I decided to have another practice run on Tuesday and bring it to work and have a food day. That one was better than the previous. My other half said that better than Mondayâ€™s. I dropped it and it split in half. The skin slid off in one piece. I got the best compliment you could get, people were asking for more after it was gone. My boss told me it was better than anything he could buy. That made me feel pretty darn good. I got lots of other good comments as well. So today I made another. After all, It would be un-American to not make a great BBQ on this day. I started at noon, central. I got a great surprise too. My neighbor had seen me on my practice runs. He was driving around and spied a downed apple tree. He picked up quite a bit for himself and some for me. I had never smoked with anything other than Hickory or Mesquite. Well today I smoked with hickory, mesquite and apple. I started at noon and finished around 9:30. My other half said this was the best one I had ever done. The kids readily backed up that statement. They were coming back for thirds and they normally donâ€™t. To describe the tenderness, I will just say it was similar to mashed potatos. It would a good thing I wrapped it in tin foil, otherwise I would not have been able to take it off the rack. I picked it up by the bone and it came out. It separated with the tongs as I was trying to remove it from the foil. I did a little separation with forks. The skin separated into the meat. This time, everything was eaten but the bones. Well the dogs ate those. Thanks to those I have received advice from.