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Smokin' Joe
08-25-2008, 04:35 PM
Anyone ever cooked at this event or plan to cook this year? That weekend is open and we are considering heading up.
Your thoughts/comments would be appreciated
Joe

Smokin' Joe
08-26-2008, 09:34 PM
We deceided to give it a go...Hope to met a brother or two there.

BBQ_Mayor
08-27-2008, 06:42 AM
Went last year. Had a great time. I would love to go agian but not going to make it this year.

Ben Biken made an appearance...
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....so did Daisy Duke. She's really let herself go.
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Here's my first place ribs. :mrgreen:
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Smokin' Joe
08-27-2008, 08:44 PM
Thanks Mr. Mayor...glad to hear you had a good time, looks like a nice place. Hopefully Daisy stays home this year:shock:

Sir Smoke A Lot
09-03-2008, 11:52 AM
I am looking at trying to make this - yeah, I know - nothing like planning ahead. I heard there are only about 10 teams signed up for this. Has anyone else heard this?

Harbormaster
09-03-2008, 12:01 PM
I'm hoping to come up Friday and hang out for a while.
SSAL I'll be looking for ya.

Sir Smoke A Lot
09-03-2008, 01:00 PM
I'm hoping to come up Friday and hang out for a while.
SSAL I'll be looking for ya.

Well, that pretty much settles it then - I have to go!

PimpSmoke
09-03-2008, 01:35 PM
Clark, if your going by yourself gimme a call, we can share gas money.

If not that's fine too, I'll just have to stay home with my baby (hard work I know).

Coz
09-03-2008, 04:40 PM
Their web page shows 15 or 16 teams signed up and I dont see a lot of the usual culprits yet.Is there another contest that day any where near?

Coz
09-03-2008, 04:45 PM
I just took a look at the KCBS schedule and dont see much for competing events with Salem ,Il cancelled.Silver Lake ,Mi? might pull a few of the Illinois competitors,I would find it hard to believe they wouldnt have a very good field of competitors.I have heard that this was a pretty decent comp.

Coz
09-03-2008, 10:13 PM
I just took a look at the KCBS schedule and dont see much for competing events with Salem ,Il cancelled.Silver Lake ,Mi? might pull a few of the Illinois competitors,I would find it hard to believe they wouldnt have a very good field of competitors.I have heard that this was a pretty decent comp.

I want to make a correction on my previous statement.I see on another board that the contest I said was cancelled isnt cancelled its just not sanctioned.Maybe its a bad weekend for folks to be out.

Harbormaster
09-03-2008, 10:48 PM
Well, that pretty much settles it then - I have to go! I'm hoping to go. I have a friend in Onalaska that wants to check one out. I think he got bit by the Q bug.

Clark, if your going by yourself gimme a call, we can share gas money. I was gonna take the boys to get them out of mommas hair for the evening. Oldest has a football game in the morning, so it would be an "up and back" kind of trip.
You can ride along for free if I go.

Smokin' Joe
09-03-2008, 10:54 PM
I see I'm the last one(15th) listed on the website and they just got my entry last week so it must be up to date...I talked to Jim last week and he still thought they would have 25-30 teams? Like Coz said it appears like many of the usuals are not listed including the 2 fat bikers. Coz are you thinking of cooking? I hope to get a chance to meet a few brethren...Stop in and say hello if you get there.
Joe

Smokin' Joe
09-03-2008, 10:56 PM
By the way this will be my first sanctioned event so go easy on me:-D

Smokin' Joe
09-04-2008, 01:54 PM
They have 18 teams signed up as of today...hope to see you guys there!

Harbormaster
09-12-2008, 11:44 PM
Just got back from Sparta.
Had a chance to meet Sir Smokes A Lot. He was doing some testing on chicken and was kind enough to share.
Let me tell you, that was some incredible chicken.
Once again, I was not disappointed in meeting another Brethren.
Great to meet you SSAL, hope you have a great cook!

Ron_L
09-14-2008, 12:00 PM
From "another forum"...

GC Dr. Porkenstein
RGC Tippy Canoe BBQ

Firefightn' Cookin' Crew
Bunsen Burners
Big Time BBQ Buddies
Farm Boy BBQ
Daddio of the Patio
Porkrastinators
2 Fat Bikers
Big Boar Smokers

Congrats, Kate and Alex, Smokin' Joe and Buzz and Dan!

Smokin' Joe
09-14-2008, 12:24 PM
Chicken
Farm Boy BBQ
Porkrastinators
Big Time BBQ Buddies
Dr. Porkinstein
Burnt Food Dudes
Big Boar Smokers
Daddio of the Patio
Firefightin' Cookin' Crew
Dry 2 da bone
Luv-to-Q

Pork Ribs
Dr. Porkinstein
Firefighten Cookin Crew
Porkrastinators
Demon Pig BBQ
TippyCanoe BBQ Crew
2 Fat Bikers
Bunsen Burners
Road Warriors
Fram Boy BBQ
Burnt Food Dudes

Pork
Bunsen Burners
TippyCanoe BBQ Crew
Big Time BBQ Buddies
Daddio of the Patio
Dr. Porkinstein
Farm Boy BBQ
Firefighten' Cookin' Crew
Schweaty Hogs
FNG Smokers
Demon Pig BBQ

Brisket
It's the Pits
TippyCanoe BBQ Crew
Bunsen Burners
Bit Time BBQ Buddies
Dr. Porkinstein
Firefighten' cookin' crew
2 Fat Bikers
Porkrastinators
Daddio of the Patio
Sergeant Smoker

Smokin' Joe
09-14-2008, 12:33 PM
We had and great time and managed to stay fairly dry. Congrats to all the fellow brothers. I will post some thoughts and pictures later.

Trainwreck
09-14-2008, 01:38 PM
Congrats to all the Brethren that calls and competed. Hopefully the rain wasnt to bad

Smokin' Joe
09-14-2008, 06:58 PM
We had a great time and really enjoyed the weekend. It was our first sanctioned contest but it seemed pretty well run and organized. I heard they had some power issues but it didn't seem to affect our site. They had 25 teams. The weather was wet Saturday but stop just long enough for turn ins and the awards.

I made one big mistake on the weekend...I trimmed the thighs pretty small trying to get more in the box and didn't adjust the cooking time. The smaller pieces got a dry and for some reason the skin turned out very poor. I knew the chicken was in trouble. It ended up hurting us more than I ever imagined and I guess thats a good thing:wink: 9th place chicken gets us Grand:eek: Leason learned I guess. Ended up 16th in chicken, 5th in Ribs, 2nd in Pork, and 2nd in Brisket. Overall, it was a great weekend...we had a blast, met some good folks, and took a few walks. If there was any doubt before, we are hooked now:mrgreen:. If fact I'm in the process of re-aranging my entire schedule this week in an attempt to get to Independance next weekend:lol:

Congrats to all the brothers who got calls.
Joe

Smokin' Joe
09-14-2008, 09:42 PM
Another thing I forgot to add...I was thinking on the way home about how things would have turned out this weekend if I hadn't found this place:shock:. I feel like the Brethren have shortened my learning curve by about 5 years.

I chose my smoker based a thread here
I learned about lump here
I learned how to build boxes looking at a pictorial on this forum
I learned my chicken technique here
I learned 3-2-1 here
I learned to foil by brisket @ 170 here (fat cap up or down?:eek:)
I learned what a money muscle was
I learned honey and sauce make a great glaze
I chose my rub based on Recommendations here
I figured out my timeline starting point here
Hell everything down to my prep table leg extensions came from this place.:lol:

So I guess I just wanted to say thank you for sharing:eusa_clap
This place is what its all about!!

Harbormaster
09-15-2008, 10:01 AM
Nice couple of posts Joe!
I was up there to see Sir Smokes A Lot, and saw the Tippy Canoe BBQ pit. I didn't realize you were Brethren or I would have stopped by.
We had pretty good success at our first comp too, and it was all because of what I learned here.
These guys are the best.
Congratulations oon a great weekend!