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06-28-2006, 02:12 PM
I don't suppose that there is anybody here that is going to Shannon, IL for the cookoff on the 7th and the 8th.
06-28-2006, 04:12 PM
Porkrastinators will be there....
06-28-2006, 07:22 PM
Excellent! Looking forward to meating you.
06-28-2006, 09:16 PM
I'm sure Ulcer Acres will be there.....be sure to tell Randy and Marla "Hello" from the Belly Brothers....
06-29-2006, 08:26 AM
I will be there ..Chi-Town Smokers
06-29-2006, 09:56 PM
I will be there ..Chi-Town Smokers
Sort of met you last time, just not officially as brothers.
Just got my packet in the mail today.
See you on the circuit.
07-07-2006, 02:29 PM
Just spoke with Greg.
He and Bob (MrB1984) are all set up, and were just starting to get a chicken brine going.
Buzz stopped by for a second, but he was running for ice.
Forecast is 84-86* all weekend.
Good luck all
07-08-2006, 10:15 AM
Talked to Greg at about 9:15 this morning, both he and Bob were able to get about 3 hours sleep a piece, and everything was on schedule, with some cooler time for some of the entries.
I've got a good feeling about this one.....I think the boys will be right up in the mix! Good luck guys!
07-08-2006, 07:11 PM
Greg just called.....they walked the stage twice......3rd in beans and 6th in chicken.......he really liked his pork, but it didn't score well.....he said that the ribs and brisket were way too done (like I haven't just recently done that one myself)......and they finished middle of the pack of 64 teams overall. Lotta Bull took grand.....a few other teams that Greg mentioned was there, Quau, Smokin' Triggers, Smokin' Clones, Butt Rub dot com......hell, turn on a Food Network BBQ competition, Teams you see on these shows were what Greg and Bob was up against this weekend......to walk twice is a hell of an accomplishment!!
WTG! I know I'm proud of you!
Copied from another forum....if this is correct, it looks like our own brother Buzz was 10th overall!!
1. Lotta Bull
4. Jerry King
7. Let's Kick Some Ash
9. Heat is On
10. 2 Fat Bikers
07-08-2006, 08:11 PM
Congrats IlFo Brothers!! Great job!!
07-08-2006, 08:12 PM
congrats! something to be proud of with that competition!
07-09-2006, 12:05 AM
I talked to Greg on the way home.
Long day/ weekend.
Chicken improved which was a goal.
Home now, and up at the bar.
Congrats on the walk Bro
07-09-2006, 08:34 AM
Solid job in a tough field.... well done !!
(Did you sauce the chicken with the bagna cauda ??) :lol:
07-09-2006, 09:25 AM
Congrats to you Brothers,WTG
07-09-2006, 09:28 AM
Great Job Guys.
Proud of you!!!!!
07-09-2006, 10:30 AM
Congrats to all! Walking twice with that lineup makes us all proud of ya!
07-09-2006, 11:21 AM
nice to meet Parrothead and good to see Seth & team take a couple walks as well..we were happy to get a call out on brisket too..we have cooked this contest 3 times previous never having placed in anything..tough contest with some very tough competition but a lot of fun too
anyway here are full results....
1--lets kick some ash
3--Joey Mac's Smokiestax
4--One slice at a time
5--Bad to the bone
10-Ther Heat is on
2--Memphis in Mundelein
10-Lets Kick some ash
3--Team Chillly D's
7--Heat is on
Overall 1--Lotta Bull
7--Lets Kick Some Ash
9--The Heat is On
07-09-2006, 12:37 PM
Great time had at a very well run competition. Good to meet some brothers and wish we had a little more time to visit.
As was said. This is a large contest (64 teams this year) that attracts some very big names, and to have all three teams with brothers on them walk the stage was pretty cool.
Learned a ton of stuff as usual. This being only our third comp and the first of the new season, Bob and I are quite pleased with where we are at right now and know that we can only go forward from here.
Chicken--Our triumph for the weekend. When we went there our biggest goal was to improve our chicken. After opening up our chicken (two types) and finding that the lion's share was thighs with ribs attached, we about threw in the towel. We had about a dozen thighs from the other place that did not have the ribcages attached. After lots of sorting and rib removing we ended up with 15 thighs that we were willing to proceed with. We spent tons of time on these and drew from a half a dozen practise chicken cooks from over the last month and we were fairly happy with the results and it paid off.
Lesson learned-----Chicken takes time and babying to do well with and it pays off
in the meantime........
ribs and briskit--we spent so much effort babying the chicken that we let the ribs and the briskit turn into flickers and butter. That's flicker ribs and butter brisket. Damned good and would go over great in the backyard, but not at the competition. While I was at Chi-town smokers talking about my over done brisket, I should have created a diversion and stole the one that they were carving on and ran like the wind.
Lesson learned---don't let your attention lapse on any category unless it is one of the extras that is not as important. Knowing that you have good briskit or ribs doesn't make them cook themselves.
pulled pork-- We also wanted to get higher scores in pork and did spend some extra time and effort on this. As a result we turned out some pulled pork that we all thought was pretty much the best stuff we had ever produced. Came in middle of the pack. During our discussion on the ride home, we determined that our pulled pork was too complex for the midwest pallete and they may be looking for something more simple and sweet which we know we can churn out all day.
Lesson learned--What flies in Long Island may sink like a stone in the midwest. Sometimes simple is better.
Beans--Last year Bob's beans tanked to almost the bottom. I told him this year to do it the exact same so that we see if it was a judges fluke or if they tank again we will know that they need completely tweaked for these judges. On the way to the comp, Bob said he forgot to bring white sugar (his recipe calls for half white and half brown). I said no biggie, just use all brown (ok so we changed them just a little bit). Then I notice him chopping up some of the way overcooked brisket and mixing in to the turn in container. Another small change, but they were still basically the same beans. No other changes.
Lesson learned-- Who knows. Could have been the small tweaks or just the luck of the judges or the bad luck of last years judges.
Other stuff learned--Stream lining is phenomenal!!!! We went from 2 trucks and 2 trailors down to 1 truck and 1 trailer and only forgot one thing. A can opener that we managed around anyway. Set up was a breeze as was the tear down. We were 90% set up in half an hour and were able to leasurly start meat prep and not get burned out on setting up, prepping and all that goes with it for hours straight like we did last year. Another advantage besides less fuel, that we realised on the way home was being able to go over scores and discuss the entire comp in depth while it was fresh in our minds. What to change, what not to change, what not to forget, etc..
I suggest that as anyone unpacks from a competition they closely look at everything that they are packin. If they are carrying around stuff that they haven't ever used, but keep loading and unloadin, then get rid of it.
That's enough for now.
07-09-2006, 12:48 PM
hey Greg-that brisket we were carving when you stopped by was number 1 of the 2 briskets we cooked and was not the one we used..you would have been welcome to it:-D
p.s. how did you guys do in dice? i think i ended up quitting while i was ahead shortly after you all walked up
07-10-2006, 09:27 AM
Great job in an All-Star field!!
07-10-2006, 09:46 AM
Congrats Bothers,keep up the good work.
07-10-2006, 11:06 AM
07-11-2006, 08:25 PM
Seth, good to meet ya!!!!!!!!1 I was busy with some old high school friends when you showed up. Would have liked to spend more time with you. Will you be in Racine? Good to see you take the walk,,,,, what 7 times or so? Good on ya!
Next time I can have more time to say hey.
You guys did great.
07-14-2006, 07:52 AM
Great job, Greg and Bob! Sorry I had to bail on you guys! It sounds like you didn't need me! :-D
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