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tonto1117
01-05-2008, 03:51 PM
Was wondering if anyone is planning on this one or competed in last's years.......whatcha think Bubba and Crewe?? Make it a early start???

Found this on the Illionois BBQ Society Site :


2008 Winter Burn-Off...Mark Your Calendars
The date is finally set. The 2008 Winter Burn-Off, in Des Plaines, is going to happen on Sunday, February 10th at the River Rand Bowling Alley. They had 18 teams last year, already have their Illinois Proclamation from the Governor, and will be shooting to make this fun contest a Jack Daniels Invitational Qualifier.
According to contest organizer Keith Engstrom (KRE Smokers), they are looking for certified judges and will again be using this cook friendly contest as a fundraiser for Albinism (http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/birth_defect/albinism.html).
"So bowling, beer and cooking what more could anyone want?" - Keith Engstrom
To sign up for this contest (cooks and/or judges) contact Keith at
rekengstr@ameritech.net .

Bbq Bubba
01-05-2008, 04:27 PM
So ya wanna go to Illinois and pick on the "A-team" again???? :wink:
It would be nice to get that Jack invite outta the way early this year!!:cool:

tonto1117
01-05-2008, 04:36 PM
So ya wanna go to Illinois and pick on the "A-team" again???? :wink:
It would be nice to get that Jack invite outta the way early this year!!:cool:

LOL...That's what I love about ya Bubba...if were gonna dream, we might as well dream big...:wink::mrgreen::mrgreen:

Scottie
01-05-2008, 05:18 PM
We may have the entire A-Team there, as we had some plans for an annual meeting for that Saturday. The good news, we would all be tired. But we all work good under pressure...

tonto1117
01-05-2008, 05:31 PM
We may have the entire A-Team there, as we had some plans for an annual meeting for that Saturday. The good news, we would all be tired. But we all work good under pressure...

:eusa_clap:icon_smil:eusa_clap:icon_smil...OK, as long as ya'll promise to be really tired...lol. Hey maybe we can get some shigging in...:shock::shock::mrgreen:

ggriffi
01-05-2008, 06:51 PM
Thinking hard about this one, should have my PCC seasoned and ready to go........

BanditBBQ
01-05-2008, 06:57 PM
I cooked it last year...had a great time, met a lot of good people, and didn't freeze too badly. :)

Just to make sure you know...It is NOT a KCBS event. It IS a State Championship, they're working to make it a Jack Qualifier, and will have a lot of heavy hitters both cooking and judging.

Although I probably won't be able to make the contest this year (my bride and I will be celebrating our anniversary on that date), I would HIGHLY recommend doing it. If you're considering...sign-up early...space in the parking lot will be limited.

Carpe 'Que,
Jim Rhino

tonto1117
01-05-2008, 07:16 PM
I cooked it last year...had a great time, met a lot of good people, and didn't freeze too badly. :)

Just to make sure you know...It is NOT a KCBS event. It IS a State Championship, they're working to make it a Jack Qualifier, and will have a lot of heavy hitters both cooking and judging.

Although I probably won't be able to make the contest this year (my bride and I will be celebrating our anniversary on that date), I would HIGHLY recommend doing it. If you're considering...sign-up early...space in the parking lot will be limited.

Carpe 'Que,
Jim Rhino

Hi Jim, thanks for the heads up about the "Not a KCBS event". I edited my first post in which I stated I thought it was. Me bad....still sounds like a fun but cold time!!!

BanditBBQ
01-05-2008, 08:43 PM
Hi Jim, thanks for the heads up about the "Not a KCBS event". I edited my first post in which I stated I thought it was. Me bad....still sounds like a fun but cold time!!!

I think the windchill last year was around -19, but was a beautiful, sunny day! I had on several layers, but didn't have to wear the coveralls I took...turned out to be a very nice day.

Carpe 'Que,
Jim

Ron_L
01-06-2008, 01:05 AM
I'm still thinking about cooking this one solo. That day is my birthday and if I can get everyone to agree to let me win as a birthday present then I'll definitely cook :rolleyes:

Seriously, I would love to cook this one. I've tried to make it the last two years but ran into obstacles both times. This year it depends on what the family has in store for me :-D

BanditBBQ
01-06-2008, 09:42 AM
Just tell the family you'd like do the Burn-Off for your birthday and see if it works. ;)

stlgreg
01-06-2008, 02:22 PM
We may have the entire A-Team there, as we had some plans for an annual meeting for that Saturday. The good news, we would all be tired. But we all work good under pressure...


You wont be tired enough for me!

Bill-Chicago
01-07-2008, 08:41 AM
That day is my birthday

Incoming!

billm
01-30-2008, 08:49 AM
Ill be judging..wondering if any of the Brethren have decided to cook in this?

tonto1117
01-30-2008, 09:07 AM
Were gonna head over and judge.To cold to cook for my blood, plus the coach is winterized and it's to soon to pull it out. See ya'll there.

billm
01-30-2008, 09:11 AM
Were gonna head over and judge.To cold to cook for my blood, plus the coach is winterized and it's to soon to pull it out. See ya'll there.
see ya in the WARM judging room :-P

Scottie
01-30-2008, 11:41 AM
Big sissy's... I mean, I'll at least be out in my heated RV... 8)

See you up there...

Scottie

billm
01-30-2008, 11:49 AM
Big sissy's... I mean, I'll at least be out in my heated RV... 8)

See you up there...

Scottie
call it what you will Scottie..you know me .. im freezing at the end of august!!!:grin:

tonto1117
01-30-2008, 12:46 PM
Yep, I'm a big sissy:grin:. If it's anything like the weather is here today(-15 to -20 with windchill) I pity the poor soul who doesn't have a heated RV.:eusa_clap

Were planning on heading up on Sat and staying in Rosemont. Any good restaurant suggestions besides the hotel??

Thanks

Scottie
01-30-2008, 01:28 PM
There's a bunch of the good steak places up in Rosemont. Cause it's close to O'Hare... If you want specifics, let me know... Or what you will be in the mood for...

Scottie

tonto1117
01-30-2008, 01:44 PM
A good Steak house that you would reccomend would be great Scottie.

Scottie
01-30-2008, 01:52 PM
Here is a link...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=rosemont+steak+restaurants

I've been to Morton's and Gibson's... Both are outstanding. also on this link is a place called Johnnie's Beef. It is hands down the best beef place in Chicago. Well worth the drive for a true Chicagoland favorite. Italian Beefs... I would get a combo, wet, with giardinera. mmmmm

Scottie

tonto1117
01-30-2008, 02:12 PM
Johnnie's Beef it is!! Sounds great. Just mapquested it and it's only 7 miles from the hotel.:wink:

Thanks Scottie. See ya in a couple weeks!!

Scottie
01-30-2008, 02:27 PM
It is the best beef place in Chi-town. Honestly, I would rather go there than an overpriced steak house anyday...

See you next weekend.

Scottie

billm
01-30-2008, 02:31 PM
It is the best beef place in Chi-town.
See you next weekend.

Scottie
lets not get crazy now....
Tonto - you will soon find out that one of Chi-Towns greatest past time is arguing with each other over who serves the best eye-talian beef :)

Scottie
01-30-2008, 02:44 PM
I thought you grew up at Johnnie's? but you're right. it's for sure in the top 3!!!! ;-)

billm
01-30-2008, 02:45 PM
I thought you grew up at Johnnie's? but you're right. it's for sure in the top 3!!!! ;-)

yea..but I grew up NEAR Johnnies...I was more than likely hitting Als On Taylor Street back then..and Carms on 12th..
I do like Johnnies ..i just dont think its worth the stand in line and they are stingy on the meat..

tonto1117
01-30-2008, 02:52 PM
LOL...Will have to give them all a try with as many comps we have planned in your neck of the woods this year!

Scottie
01-30-2008, 02:59 PM
yea..but I grew up NEAR Johnnies...I was more than likely hitting Als On Taylor Street back then..and Carms on 12th..
I do like Johnnies ..i just dont think its worth the stand in line and they are stingy on the meat..

Carms was my place too. I also loved the fries at that place on Harlem and Madison (the a-frame building) which I am having a brain cramp what their name is... But timing is a key issue at Johnnie's...

tonto1117
01-30-2008, 03:06 PM
Carms was my place too. I also loved the fries at that place on Harlem and Madison (the a-frame building) which I am having a brain cramp what their name is... But timing is a key issue at Johnnie's...

How so??

billm
01-30-2008, 03:12 PM
Carms was my place too. I also loved the fries at that place on Harlem and Madison (the a-frame building) which I am having a brain cramp what their name is... But timing is a key issue at Johnnie's...

its still there..Parky's...great stuff

billm
01-30-2008, 03:15 PM
LOL...Will have to give them all a try with as many comps we have planned in your neck of the woods this year!
Id bring ya one to to the burn off but i dont think they would allow us eating beefs at the judging table...
you will be somewhat close to Rolling Meadows area..Papadeax's is good too although I havent been there in awhile..
Im trying to think about what pizza places are in that vicinity as well but Im drawing a blank..

billm
02-02-2008, 11:16 AM
I think they are still looking for judges for this if anyone is available

tonto1117
02-09-2008, 08:19 AM
Headed out the door in a couple hours to beat the winter storm warnings posted for tonight thru tommorow. See you all there Sunday.That is if I can regocnize any of you cooks, which I'm thinking will look somthing like this. :eusa_clap:-P

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/272/autographed20randysnowsib6.jpg

Ford
02-09-2008, 08:26 AM
Good luck to everybody. Wish I could be there but I am heading to Detroit tomorrow afternoon and hoping the roads won't be too bad. Maybe if I get there early enough I can hit a casino to make up for not being with all of you.

Ron_L
02-09-2008, 09:17 AM
Ford... Good luck at the casino!

Tonto... I'll see you tomorrow. I'm on the list of judges as an alternate since I didn't know if i was going to be able to make it until Thursday, so if I can't judge I just walk around and harass the cooks :-D

tonto1117
02-09-2008, 09:25 AM
Have a good time Ford!! Win Big!!!:-D



Ford... Good luck at the casino!

Tonto... I'll see you tomorrow. I'm on the list of judges as an alternate since I didn't know if i was going to be able to make it until Thursday, so if I can't judge I just walk around and harass the cooks :-D

Sounds like a win win situation....:lol::mrgreen: See ya there.

tonto1117
02-11-2008, 08:05 AM
Her are the results of the cookofff. Let me tell you that it was the coldest, most brutal contidions one could imagine to cook in!! Congrat's to all that walked and cooked...you are indeed brave souls and hope you have finally warmed up by now.

Overall

1. Quau
2. Porkrastinators
3. KRE Smokers
4. Joey Mac's Smoke Stax
5. Smoke Hunters
6. Smokey Joel/Cubby Bear
7. Cancersuckschicago.com
8. Windy City Smokers
9. Bear Cat Smokers
10.Good Bad and Ugly

Ron_L
02-11-2008, 09:09 AM
Congrats to all! The cold obviously made it an interesting day. When I arrived at the site I walked around to say hello to the cookers and either folks were huddled inside their cars, vans or campers, or they were bundled up so tight that I could only recognize two or three people! :-D

The cold generated a couple of good stories. Burnt Food Dude almost didn't make it bacause his equipment was in his garage and the garage door was frozen shut. Dr. Chuckie made it to the site on Saturday but when it came time to set up on Sunday the back of his truck was frozen and even a locksmith couldn't get into it :shock:. He cooked a couple of categories on borrowed equipment. Smokehunters ran into trailer problems on the way to the site due to the cold and arrived late. As you can see from the results it didn't hurt him too much. Rick told me that he put his brisket in the WSM at 11:00AM for a 3:00 turn-in! He took first place in brisket :shock: Rick, are you going to show up late for every comp now? :-D

Despite the cold I think everyone had a great time. KRE Smokers (Keith and Rebecca) did a great job organizing the comp and Doug and the gang who ran it did fantastic.

parrothead
02-11-2008, 10:24 AM
Man, glad I wasn't there. Too cold for me.

BanditBBQ
02-11-2008, 10:34 AM
Congrats to all! The cold obviously made it an interesting day. When I arrived at the site I walked around to say hello to the cookers and either folks were huddled inside their cars, vans or campers, or they were bundled up so tight that I could only recognize two or three people! :-D

The cold generated a couple of good stories. Burnt Food Dude almost didn't make it bacause his equipment was in his garage and the garage door was frozen shut. Dr. Chuckie made it to the site on Saturday but when it came time to set up on Sunday the back of his truck was frozen and even a locksmith couldn't get into it :shock:. He cooked a couple of categories on borrowed equipment. Smokehunters ran into trailer problems on the way to the site due to the cold and arrived late. As you can see from the results it didn't hurt him too much. Rick told me that he put his brisket in the WSM at 11:00AM for a 3:00 turn-in! He took first place in brisket :shock: Rick, are you going to show up late for every comp now? :-D

Despite the cold I think everyone had a great time. KRE Smokers (Keith and Rebecca) did a great job organizing the comp and Doug and the gang who ran it did fantastic.

Ron,

Do you mind if I reprint your entry for the Illinois BBQ Society's website and newsletter?

Carpe 'Que,
Jim