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Sir Smoke A Lot
05-29-2008, 11:35 AM
Wondering if there are going to be any Brethren at this comp. I can't compete (I have my daughter's graduation on Saturday) but I thought I might drag my dad and my son down to hang out.

05-29-2008, 04:50 PM
Thought about this one and would like to go, but the budget says differently. Good luck to all that going.

05-23-2013, 01:23 AM
This is actually my first comp. Very excited about it.

05-23-2013, 01:27 AM
Any brethren attending the Smokin' in Steele in Owatonna feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. My first competition and always looking for tips and help. Would love to visit with some seasoned vets and learn all I can. Thanks.

05-23-2013, 09:28 AM
Yes, there will be a good handful of Brethren there. Both cooks and judges.
BigbellyJim - I will make sure I see you when you get here. Will talk with registration
to make sure you get next to some helpful teams - everybody is friendly. You will not be the only first timer this year. Really happy you are coming.

There is another countdown thread started, but is not on the front page today.

Lots of activities for the whole family.

We still have room. Come join the fun.


05-23-2013, 11:25 AM
Hey, smoke a lot - sure, come out for a visit. Lots of teams, we have our VIP dinner for sponsors ( feeding about 200), our Kids Q is Friday night plus there is a great line up
of Blues Bands.
A number of judges are camping out at the Fairgrounds for the weekend too - but look out for the "old rookie" walking around pulling the cooler on wheels - he will be there too and I will be surprised if there is not Templeton Rye and smoked cheese in that cooler.

It is gonna be a blast!

05-24-2013, 10:05 AM
Looking forward to this one. Save me a shot of Rye Dave!

Balls Casten
05-24-2013, 01:44 PM
We're coming ... Will Ole and Lena be the grand marshals in the parade?
Is the snow gone yet?

05-25-2013, 12:07 AM
Snow is gone. Trees are green. Flowers blooming. Temps predicted in the 80's next weekend- hope they are right about that.

Actually, Ole and Lena will be selling the very best onion rings and cheese curds in their stand.

Steely- the mascot for our fair may lead the parade. That is the parade of antique tractors. Very different from the modified garden tractors that will be pulling in competition right after awards. Don't miss that.

Really glad you are coming - there will be good representation of Brethren there.
Will make sure to stop by and say HI.

05-26-2013, 07:51 PM
Less than a week to go til contest. There is still time to register. We still have spots open.

I wanted to remind you about something special that has not shown up on this thread.

We have enhanced our prize package. Our $10,000 in cash prizes is not changed.

Our grand champion will receive his portion of the purse, a ticket to the Royal Invitational plus a bung for the Jack.

In addition, the grand champ will get a free entry into the USA BBQ Championship in Laughlin NV in November plus a free hotel room at the Riverside Casino during the contest. Laughlin is a $100,000 contest and their grand champ gets a new truck!

In all modesty - whoever can win our contest has a good shot at any contest they

How did we get this deal with Laughlin? Don Laughlin who owns Riverside Casino and led the development of Laughlin was born and raised right here in Steele County. He is very kind and generous to those of us still living here. Then there is the co operation from Ron Cates of Smoke on the Water who organizes that contest.

All we need is you. Come and join in the fun and games.

05-26-2013, 10:10 PM
Can't wait!!

05-27-2013, 02:45 PM
Yeah , Fred, will be looking for you Sat morning with the rest of the faithful judges.

We still have room for teams. The weather man says the week will be wet- so nobody in the fields or yards. Might as well sign up and get up here for a really good time.

Great music, several family oriented events, and even better - time with your BBQ buddies.

05-27-2013, 04:54 PM
Hey Lyle, is that "wet" gonna put a damper on the campground?

05-27-2013, 08:05 PM
We will be just visiting this contest. Had a few surgeries over the winter and can afford one Competition a month this year. Would love to help next weekend with anything we can when we get there. If anyone needs anything please let me know and will try to help out

05-27-2013, 08:33 PM
This is, as always, one of our all-time favorite contests! Have already spent a few days getting everything in order to make it a great weekend! Looking forward to seeing everyone!!

05-27-2013, 09:24 PM
Yoder lover- understand- touch base with me when you get there. Easy to find, one of the few with orange shirts. Hope you get linked up with someone to help. If you don't, I will see what I can do for you.

Dave, no damper on the campground. It will be OK. And I bet you won't rust.

Ryan - defending champ- it will be good to see you again. Thanks for the kind words.

05-28-2013, 02:11 PM
We had three more teams call this morning and will be faxing in applications today.

There is still room for more teams. We are ready and waiting for you.

With just a couple of days to go, just register on the web site or call us.
We will take care of payment when you get here on Friday.

You are not going to want to miss this contest. Just talk to folks who have been here.

Curling Q
05-28-2013, 10:22 PM
Looking forward to seeing our friends we have met along the way competing at other contests. Love it that one of the best in right in our backyard.

05-29-2013, 06:44 AM
Bummed that we have to miss this one this year. Darn weddings! Great contest run by great people. Good luck to all the teams!

05-29-2013, 03:22 PM
Just got 2 boxes of prizes from Fruita Wood Chunks - our Kids Q sponsor.

For the 7 - 10 year olds cooking hamburger - $75 Visa pre paid card for first place
For the 11-15 year olds cooking steak - $75 Visa pre paid card for first place.

We are suppling our lazar etched black granite plaques for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for each age group.

Every person entering will get a $25 gift certificate from Fruita Wood Chunks for their merchandise - they ship free.

Every person entering will get a beautiful red tee shirt with Kids Q on the front and
Kids Q challenge sponsored by Fruita Wood Chunks on the back.

We have other goodies for the entrants as well.

And there is no registration fee.

We still have spots for the Kids Q. Go to our website get an app and send it in. Or register when you get here on Friday. Registration will be open right up until 5:15 pm
unless we max out. Our max is 50 total - 25 for each age group.

This is a heck of a deal for a lot of fun for your kids.

Don't miss out.

Balls Casten
05-30-2013, 01:33 AM
Carlyle, any rules to the anything butt catigory? Presentation? 6 pieces?

05-30-2013, 10:59 AM
Smokers P - Anything Butt for us means anything that is not the 4 categories.. Does not have to fit in 9 X 9.
May have own presentation , but per KCBS needs to be less than 14 X22 - boy , don't hold me to that exact measurement, but it is close.
6 portions at least. I will have forks and spoons, but you may provide.
You may garnish with alcohol - we had beer cans on one- but won't be part of judging,
cause can't drink and judge.

Winner last year was a desert - with a perfect 180.
Be creative, knock out socks off!!

See you tomorrow.

05-30-2013, 09:23 PM
Heading out in the morning hope to get there by 2:30. Should be a great time.

05-30-2013, 10:46 PM
Big Brad , we will be ready and waiting for you.

Glad you are coming.

Was working on site this evening. Some campers are here already. About 4 teams have already arrived, including Stubbs from Kansas City. Most of our vendors are already set up. Hey, lunch starts at 11 on the 31st.

So a lot of you have looked at the site, and we have had a bunch of nibbles on the phone. Now is the time to pull the string and just get here. We will take care of registration when you come. Don't worry about that.

Cooks meeting is at 5 pm on the 31st. Be here by then.

You are not going to want to miss this one. You know you want to be here.

Just make it happen!!