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The Giggler
03-06-2012, 09:56 PM
There are a lot of new things about the Boston Hills BBQ Fest 2012.


First and foremost, is our location. We are pleased to announce that our location is changing this year. The event will be located at The Event Center on The Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY!!!! (Yes, the same grounds as the Hamburg Casino)

Here's what you can expect:
- Same great HOSPITALITY, and dedication to our contestants
- Optional RV Spots with sewer, water, and electricity ($25/night)
- SHOWERS - Yes, I'll say it again - SHOWERS!!!!
- Of course that means, indoor plumbing, so NO Johnny-On-The-Spots!!!!
- Indoor, air-conditioned social and judging area
- No extra space charge, you get what you need when you are shown to your site!
- Dedicated electric and water run by on-site professionals - no more generators.
- Driveways, for easy-in-easy-out
- Same great KCBS and NEBS Trophies
- Stop #3 on the Empire State BBQ Championship Series


Also new this year, is a way for all of you to give something back to the Patchin Fire Company. We have worked with the Erie County Health Department, and have been granted the ability to offer samples to the public. As competitors, you know how many people want to sample real, competition bbq. Participation is not mandatory, but is appreciated. Here's how it will work: sample tickets will be sold for $2 per ticket. Participating teams will offer samples to the public during a set time. Turn the tickets in after awards. You get $1 per ticket, and PFC will keep $1 per ticket. Please make sure to indicate if you would like to participate. There is a CIRCLE ONE spot on the entry form.


As you know, we haven't had the best weather 3 years in a row. We made this venue change for a few good reasons, but mainly because we will be able to deliver a better product to our patrons and all of you.

Friday June 22nd - Load In & KCBS Inspections
Saturday June 23rd - KCBS Contest
Sunday June 24th - NEBS Wide Open Grilling Contest


Boston Hills BBQ Fest 2012 Entry Form AND Judges Registration Form are both attached in .pdf format.


Thank you to all our past competitors. Without your support, we wouldn't be able to put on this event. We look forward to seeing you in June!


Best Regards,

The Giggler
03-06-2012, 10:07 PM
KCBS Team Roster:
Hoof N Hog Smokers
Buffalo Meatheads
Hawg Doctors
Shuck N' Clucks BBQ Team
Three Dogs BBQ
KC and the Smokeshack Band
Doghouse Willie Competition BBQ Team
Buckner Brothers Barbeque
Butts & Ashes BBQ
Butt Hutt BBQ

NEBS Wide Open Grilling Team Roster:
Hoof N Hog Smokers
Buffalo Meatheads
Three Dogs BBQ
Doghouse Willie Competition BBQ Team
Buckner Brothers Barbeque
Butts & Ashes BBQ

The Giggler
03-06-2012, 10:10 PM
Greetings Teams,

I have been sent a few questions regarding the NEBS Wide Open Grilling Event. In order to keep the playing field level, I will offer some clarifications on the entries and rules so that everyone is on the same page.

Best,
Mike C.
Contest Chairman
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Chicken Legs/Drumstick Category: This category is specifically, the lower leg of the chicken and does not include the thigh portion of the leg quarter. The Chicken Leg is also known as a Drumstick. Chicken Thighs will not be accepted as a legal entry in the NEBS Wide Open Grilling Competition on Sunday June 24th, 2012.


As this pertains to the NEBS Wide Open Grilling Contest, we don't want any of the main entries deep fried.


Deep Frying is defined by Wikipedia as: Deep frying is a cooking (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking) method in which food is submerged in hot fat (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat) e.g. oil (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_oil). This is normally performed with a deep fryer (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_fryer) or chip pan (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_pan); industrially, a pressure fryer (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_fryer) or vacuum fryer (mhtml:{F19DAEF4-523C-4DFE-8618-97F08DFBC8E3}mid://00000291/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_fryer) may be used.

Again, even if the oil is heated by an outdoor style, electric or gas turkey fryer or charcoal grill, we will not allow the main ingredient in the category to be deep fried.


Since this is an Open Garnish Rules event, garnishes and/or other components can be deep fried.


Here's an example of what we mean: A team wishes to turn in a Shrimp Taco for the Shrimp Category. They have a fresh tortilla, and plan to deep fry it and form it into a traditional taco shell. LEGAL, as long as the shrimp themselves were grilled over a direct fire (charcoal, gas, or other) WITHOUT being submersed or immersed in hot oil or fat.


Another clarification on how a grilling surface is defined: grill grate, grill plate, griddle plate, place setter, or grill pan which is directly over a charcoal, gas, or other type of fire. Oil or butter may be used to to keep food from sticking to the hot surface, as long as the main category is not immersed in hot oil or fat. Also, a griddle plate, cast iron plate or pan, or bakeware accessory that is placed on a grill grate, directly above the fire, shall be considered a legal grilling surface.


A note on Garnish and Team of the Year Points directly from NEBS:
OPEN GARNISH - Anything goes. Chefs Choice or Dessert must use Open
Garnish. Stuffing, wrapping, skewers, and decorations of any kind edible or not
are allowed. Any size chunks or ingredients can be used. Cooks should remember
the judges will be instructed to evaluate how well the cook has represented the
contest category. Excessive garnish or additional ingredients, that cover or hide
the appearance and/or taste of the defined category, may result in a lower score.
The New England Barbecue Society Rules apply for this contest, with exceptions listed here. See NEBS Rules and Regulations: http://www.nebs.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=12


From the NEBS Board of Directors: "In order for a competition team to have their scores count towards NEBS Team of the Year honors, the chief cook that signed the contest application for the team must be a paid member of NEBS when the contest takes place and must be present at the
competition. Any scores accumulated after the listed chief cook is no longer a member, by a vote of the Board of Directors for
non-payment of dues or any other reason, will not count towards NEBS Team of the Year."

BigBellyBBQ
03-07-2012, 12:10 PM
We will be there...just have to figure out how to tie up the Peace Bridge from Canada..for a few days!!!!

HarleyGirl14226
03-07-2012, 12:12 PM
We're there too! (You should have our app in the mail today or tomorrow)

BigBellyBBQ
03-07-2012, 12:58 PM
We're there too! (You should have our app in the mail today or tomorrow)
You and your puppy dawg are so photogenic!!!

Muzzlebrake
03-08-2012, 10:33 AM
Driveways? so you mean no more of this?
Andy and I spoke yesterday, we're still working on logistics but there will be some sort of Smoke On Wheels/Big Guns team or teams there.

Still get free beer and Sled's favorite pizza?

BigBellyBBQ
03-08-2012, 10:49 AM
that is a picture of Mikes new stick burner being delivered, just have to burn the paint off and should be ready to go! Special and very secret flavor profiles...

HarleyGirl14226
03-08-2012, 11:13 AM
@Muzzlebrake
That's a memory I won't be forgetting anytime soon...

@BigBelly
You like that don't ya! :-)
Just don't expect me to be dressed like that at comps... they are a much more "casual" affair...

BigBellyBBQ
03-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Gail and everyone....this BBQ comp is one of the best around, I did enjoy the setting of the hills around the pit area..Mike and his crew really go out of their way to be sure that you have everything...however having solid ground will make thiers and our jobs alot easier...this is a first class comp run by a first class group and for those of you thinking about, quit thinking and come join in the fun!!!!

Muzzlebrake
03-08-2012, 01:01 PM
that is a picture of Mikes new stick burner being delivered, just have to burn the paint off and should be ready to go! Special and very secret flavor profiles...

I thought the best part about it was the guy trying to pull it out with that Trailblazer!

I felt bad for Mike and the whole contest committee because you just knew what the aftermath of that whole mess was going to be. Glad to see it didn't bankrupt or blackball them.

BigBellyBBQ
03-08-2012, 01:33 PM
however the trailblazzer had the shortman syndrone...weighing in at 5800...truck at 22,000....uh..step back shorty!!!!
but the rain was relentless and STILL they pulled off a great show...and Shelly with those damn crack-a-rittas! Shelly, quenn of tekilla

polishdon
03-08-2012, 01:54 PM
Smoking Aint Easy will be there, looking forward to it, Mike and crew always put on a great event. And instead of 5 miles away from my house the venue is now less than 1!!!

BigBellyBBQ
03-08-2012, 04:31 PM
Smoking Aint Easy will be there, looking forward to it, Mike and crew always put on a great event. And instead of 5 miles away from my house the venue is now less than 1!!!
yes, I also now only have to travel 7 miles..but still camp out..If any out of town teams need anything...(must be over 18) give me a shout bigbellybarbeque@yahoo

HarleyGirl14226
03-08-2012, 06:00 PM
@BigBelly - no disrespect meant there Pete... I know Mike and crew are a class act. The Boston Hills event was the first contest we ever did as a backyard team and the first one we ever did for KCBS - it will always hold a special place in our hearts. XOXO

Pelkster
03-08-2012, 07:57 PM
I loved having this comp in the Hills, but I have to agree with the venue change. I know its going to be the same great comp as its been the last three years. The location change will only benefit EVERYONE! Just somebody do me a favor and bring some shackels to keep me out of the casino :laugh: If you've been considering it, Like Pete said, get off your duff and take the plunge! The more teams the better the competition.

Red Valley BBQ
03-08-2012, 08:43 PM
We'll be there....well, at least some of us will.

The Giggler
03-08-2012, 11:00 PM
Driveways? so you mean no more of this?
Andy and I spoke yesterday, we're still working on logistics but there will be some sort of Smoke On Wheels/Big Guns team or teams there.

Still get free beer and Sled's favorite pizza?

No mud, driveways, indeed. With a Midway, even. High society!

"That's not mud chuckles...." - Name that movie, Sean!

Andy is doing a BBQ-101 Class (Awesome!), I was holding off on announcing until we have the date and time worked out. So I knew you'd be there in some capacity. Smoke on Wheels AND Big Guns - the more the merrier.

Definitely, on the hospitality package - An adult beverage wristband for you and each member of your team, as well as Sled's favorite pizza (pan style SHEET!) (of age, of course on the wristbands)

The Giggler
03-08-2012, 11:30 PM
that is a picture of Mikes new stick burner being delivered, just have to burn the paint off and should be ready to go! Special and very secret flavor profiles...

Sweet heat, baby! (laughing)

I miss my Klose Mobile. Big Tilly is doing well, and is in daily service. She's much happier.

I thought the best part about it was the guy trying to pull it out with that Trailblazer!

I felt bad for Mike and the whole contest committee because you just knew what the aftermath of that whole mess was going to be. Glad to see it didn't bankrupt or blackball them.

Honey Dippah vs Trailblazer - what can you say. I guess I'd say - there is no way I would have done that with my truck.

Appreciate the sentiment. The weather made it challenging, three years in the row.

It was a mess to deal with, during and after. This is all I'll say on the matter - I witnessed, firsthand, political turncoats. The town politicians and employees who came out to gladhand, well wish, sample, and imbibe in all good things BBQ, did a complete 180 on Monday. People that had the power to do what was right by working together, absolutely chose not to. It was disgusting, and disappointing.

Word to the wise though - it is always a good idea to have event insurance. :becky:

In all honesty, the event has grown each year. Despite the weather. There are more and more teams that come out (IMHO - mostly because of the kind reviews and accolades from you all).

This new venue is a step in the right direction. When I was invited by the Committee to tour The Fairgrounds, I asked two things: Is this move good for the Patchin Fire Company? And will this move be a good move for the Teams? Yes and Yes, were the answers. I hope you all will agree.

The Giggler
03-08-2012, 11:35 PM
Smoking Aint Easy will be there, looking forward to it, Mike and crew always put on a great event. And instead of 5 miles away from my house the venue is now less than 1!!!

Hells Bells.... That's walking distance!

yes, I also now only have to travel 7 miles..but still camp out..If any out of town teams need anything...(must be over 18) give me a shout bigbellybarbeque@yahoo

If you get into The Queen's Tekilla, you better camp out.

Since you both are so close, can I count on you to be part of the Official Welcoming Committee?

The Giggler
03-08-2012, 11:39 PM
We'll be there....well, at least some of us will.

OK, so who will need wristbands? And who won't? :-P

The Giggler
03-08-2012, 11:47 PM
I loved having this comp in the Hills, but I have to agree with the venue change. I know its going to be the same great comp as its been the last three years. The location change will only benefit EVERYONE! Just somebody do me a favor and bring some shackels to keep me out of the casino :laugh: If you've been considering it, Like Pete said, get off your duff and take the plunge! The more teams the better the competition.

Admit it, KC, you are kinda PO'd that you have to drive 7 miles instead of 1 mile....

There might even be some free play for teams at the Casino?!?!

smokinit
03-09-2012, 07:13 AM
Sweet Sounds great!!

BigBellyBBQ
03-09-2012, 08:05 AM
free play at casino!!!! and I thought free beer screwed my scores...move from mud issues to bbq sauce all over the handles on the slots!!!!I hope they understand..

The Giggler
03-09-2012, 09:30 AM
KCBS Team Roster:
Hoof N Hog Smokers
Buffalo Meatheads
Hawg Doctors
Shuck N' Clucks BBQ Team
Three Dogs BBQ
KC and the Smokeshack Band
Doghouse Willie Competition BBQ Team
Buckner Brothers Barbeque
Butts & Ashes BBQ
Butt Hutt BBQ
The 5th Artery

NEBS Wide Open Grilling Team Roster:
Hoof N Hog Smokers
Buffalo Meatheads
Three Dogs BBQ
Doghouse Willie Competition BBQ Team
Buckner Brothers Barbeque
Butts & Ashes BBQ
The 5th Artery

TooSaucedToPork
03-09-2012, 09:37 AM
KCBS Team Roster:
Hoof N Hog Smokers
Buffalo Meatheads
Hawg Doctors
Shuck N' Clucks BBQ Team
Three Dogs BBQ
KC and the Smokeshack Band
Doghouse Willie Competition BBQ Team
Buckner Brothers Barbeque
Butts & Ashes BBQ
Butt Hutt BBQ
The 5th Artery

NEBS Wide Open Grilling Team Roster:
Hoof N Hog Smokers
Buffalo Meatheads
Three Dogs BBQ
Doghouse Willie Competition BBQ Team
Buckner Brothers Barbeque
Butts & Ashes BBQ
The 5th Artery

Just dropped our app in the mailbox

For those of you on the fence - this is an awesome contest that treats teams like gold.

smknwhlswife
03-09-2012, 09:48 AM
I am so glad that we will actually be able to make it this year. I have missed the NE bbq family.

Mike - the girls have a request..... KIDS Q!!!! They want to cook!! :becky:

The Giggler
03-09-2012, 12:14 PM
Just dropped our app in the mailbox

For those of you on the fence - this is an awesome contest that treats teams like gold.

Neal, your hospitality is legendary as well!

The Giggler
03-09-2012, 12:22 PM
I am so glad that we will actually be able to make it this year. I have missed the NE bbq family.

Mike - the girls have a request..... KIDS Q!!!! They want to cook!! :becky:

Us too! As you've all been missed.

It may be time to look at Kids Q. I'll reach out to the Reps.

HoDeDo
03-09-2012, 12:57 PM
We'll look forward to breaking in the new venue!!! We're putting the band back together!

I'm letting David B. on your board dictate the class time/timeline... by whatever is best for you guys and the folks attending. Sounds like some big meats, and some grilling! Should be a blast - and something for everyone!

We're working on all the logistics - but looks like we'll have the Boom, Boom goin' on! I'll get an entry sent in directly, so you can add me to the list.

polishdon
03-09-2012, 01:06 PM
Hells Bells.... That's walking distance!



If you get into The Queen's Tekilla, you better camp out.

Since you both are so close, can I count on you to be part of the Official Welcoming Committee?

I can be at the Fairgrounds early if you need help in any way Mike, not a problem, just let me know.

Pelkster
03-09-2012, 11:50 PM
Admit it, KC, you are kinda PO'd that you have to drive 7 miles instead of 1 mile....

There might even be some free play for teams at the Casino?!?!

Can't deny that having the event basically in my back yard was nice...I did want to try to win one for the "home" team, but growing the event is whats more important. I'd love to have over 50 teams competing at the Fairgrounds with 1000 people a day walking through the gates. :becky:

The Giggler
03-12-2012, 07:21 AM
Can't deny that having the event basically in my back yard was nice...I did want to try to win one for the "home" team, but growing the event is whats more important. I'd love to have over 50 teams competing at the Fairgrounds with 1000 people a day walking through the gates. :becky:

So everyone knows, the event will be capped again at 50 teams. KCBS requires a second team of Reps, and that expense would put a serious dent in the prize money. Each year, we seem to have 5-10 new teams + returning teams.

Believe it or not, we got 1000+ people a day in town. We hope to bring 5000+ per day.

The Giggler
03-12-2012, 07:30 AM
We'll look forward to breaking in the new venue!!! We're putting the band back together!

I'm letting David B. on your board dictate the class time/timeline... by whatever is best for you guys and the folks attending. Sounds like some big meats, and some grilling! Should be a blast - and something for everyone!

We're working on all the logistics - but looks like we'll have the Boom, Boom goin' on! I'll get an entry sent in directly, so you can add me to the list.

I'm sure it will be a stone groove....

David and Eileen B. are some of the nicest people you'd want to know. He wants a pellet cooker, so let him know you might have a connection or two. We all had the BHBF Meeting last week, and he brought me up to speed on the deal. Given our advertising program this year - radio, tv, and print, the turnout should be good. Thanks so much for bringing your talent and class to to our event.

My rig is available, if Sean doesn't want to drag his trailer. The FE does fit in a truck bed for an easy trip. I have some Webers if he doesn't want to bring the FE?!?! :twisted: