View Full Version : Reno Road Trip

07-08-2007, 11:35 PM
We left Seattle June 30th, and flew to Reno NV for the 24th Annual Volleyball Festival with my daughters 15yr old team. Rented a car and hooked up with my wifes relatives from the Bay Area and stayed at the Northstar Resort outside Truckee CA while the kids stayed outside the Reno area. Although this trip was for Volleyball, I had checked out things for me to do and of course it had to be Q related! We found a BBQ joint in Truckee called Smokey's that we stopped in the first night that had all the menu items we all love and some "Nouveau Q" items that sounded interesting but would require an extended stay to sample. It was close to closing (9PM) but they still served us and told us to take our time and don't worry about the clock. We had some decent brisket and pulled pork sammies that filled the voids.
Then on Sunday July 1, we participated in the Great International Chicken Wing competition as Judges. Myself and my nephew Kyle sampled some very tasty wing variations, our favorites were the Garlic/Parmessan from Wing Stop(who took 4th Place) I believe there were 13 Teams competing, they were all deep fried and the temps were in the high 90's that day, which was cool compared to the rest of the week (100*++)






Volleyball was the focus and my daughters team had a great time, there was @136 teams in their age bracket and they played some great teams from SoCal,NoCal and Nevada.

On to the Q quest- I nosed around for some good eatin' and found the BBQ HOUSE at 463 Roberts St. in Reno (775-323-RIBS) Me and the cousins were on an exploratory mission and the smell and sight at the place made us want to have lunch! Sliced Brisket "Oakland style" (open faced on a grilled French roll) with 3 excellent sauces and very tasty slaw, beans and potato salad ($8.99) We poked around and the chef (CIA and Charcuterie trained) showed us the heart and soul of the place, a huge J & R Oyler with Rotisserie, and 2 more smaller J & R's all wood fired (cherry is all he would let on) I knew that BBQ Joe has a J & R and I asked if it was a "Vault" and he was surprised I asked and said it was, then he and the cousin got to talking about wineries in Napa & Sonoma and things just got better fron there, we got some samples bites of beef sausage, chicken and butt and that sealed the deal-We came back for dinner the next night with the wives and they were hooked! I wish I had pics of the cookers and all, but it was the real deal and very good, he even told us where the other Q joints were, but it was all we needed! Very humble guy and didn't bad mouth the other places!
I picked up sammies for a couple parents, the coach and myself for the plane ride back, and the TSA agent told me to dump the sauce and sides containers in the takeout box and we breezed through security with them, while the girls had their bags screened for gels and liquids!!
It's great to be back home!


JD McGee
07-09-2007, 07:44 PM
Hey Swamp...sounds like a great trip...I wouldn't care for that heat though. Garlic/Parmesan wings sound interesting...though I think I'd bake 'em instead of deep frying. My father-in-law is visiting this week so we smoked a butt on Sunday. The neighbors smelled us out (LOL!) so no leftovers! This weekend I'm doing some babybacks for him. Welcome home! Happy Smokin' :biggrin:


07-09-2007, 08:21 PM
Fantastic report and sounds like a heck of a trip with some great Que stops,

Lost in this was your daughter's team.
Did they have a good time???????


07-09-2007, 09:23 PM
Sounds like a very informative and fun trip for sure.

Glad you found some great food as well.

07-09-2007, 09:34 PM
Fantastic report and sounds like a heck of a trip with some great Que stops,

Lost in this was your daughter's team.
Did they have a good time???????


Tim- Thanks for asking!

The girls had a great time! We had to do some side trips to Lake Tahoe for a couple days so they could hang out on the beach one day and float the Truckee River another. They were kept pretty busy with the tournament, there was a concert and Opening ceremonies at the UN/Reno and hanging out with sister teams. They were ranked fairly high and and played some very good teams and dropped down in the brackets but they are still learning and growing.

There were over 600 teams ages 12-18 at 13 different venues.

07-09-2007, 09:46 PM

The Kiddos are what it is all about!
The Que is an added bonus.

Sounds like you found both to be excellent!



07-12-2007, 06:57 AM
Love that area. Biddies parents moved up there and we visited in the summer lots of time. Great adventure and lucky you on being a judge.