View Full Version : Memphis In May Report

05-15-2009, 03:03 AM
My wife surprised me with 3 nights in Memphis for a valentines day present. We left Ankeny about 9:30m and got here about 9pm. Stopped for lunch in Hannibal, MO. Checked in, freshened up and took off for the contest site. We tried to make the rounds of the brethern. First was the Bastey Boys, no Sully he was off somewhere else. Next was Pellet Envy, no one home either. Stopped to visit the Resivour Hogs only to find out it was a different team with the same name. Once we started talking and they knew we weren't there to freeload off them, they were real cool and offered us food and drink. I was carrying around a bottle of rye whiskey so we had a couple shots. Our next stop was the Danish national team. A friend of a friend type deal. We hung out with them for a good 2 hours, they were really friendly. We talked a lot of barbeque and they fed us brisket sandwiches, that were very good. They are sponsered by Weber, so they had all kinds of cool toys. A guy from the next spot comes over and sat with us, by this time the whiskey, beers and wine were flowing. He really liked the whiskey. We were talked pits and my buddy on the Danish team wants to show me the one next door (team Norway). Man, it was nice. Sinks, storage, insulated, dish receiver and flat screen mounted to it. I walked around the back of it and see it's a Klose pit. I tell him its damn nice and Klose makes good pits. He says you know the owner, don't you. i reply nope never met him. He grins and says you've been drinking with him for the last hour. Wow, its a small world, I didn't recognize him, no cowboy hat. I got my pic with him and we taked some more. All in all a great evening. We plan to go back tomorrow.

05-15-2009, 06:36 AM
Sure sounds like a fun evening and what a great valentines gift.

05-15-2009, 06:46 AM
Not going to be able to make it to MIM this year (been there about 10 of the last 15 years).

If you get down there early enough on Friday, you can see the hog teams preparing their hogs.

05-15-2009, 07:35 AM
Great story. Thanks for sharing. :icon_cool

Diva Q
05-15-2009, 07:37 AM
Terrific update hope you can post more of them.

Wish there was a live feed camera that would be cool too.

05-15-2009, 07:43 AM
too cool!!:biggrin:

05-15-2009, 10:00 AM
Hey, we are at the hotel right now, getting ready to head over to graceland then it's off to the festival.

05-15-2009, 10:19 AM
Nice report.
Speaking of rye, have you tried [ri]1? Good stuff.

05-15-2009, 10:39 AM
See if you can trade Dave a bottle of rye for a pit.

Just Pulin' Pork
05-15-2009, 11:10 AM
See if you can trade Dave a bottle of rye for a pit.

Thats awesome!

Just Pulin' Pork
05-15-2009, 11:11 AM
BTW post pictures if you get a chance. Would love to see the layout of the contest.

05-15-2009, 11:51 AM
Knowing my brother, pics will probably have to wait til he gets back.

(maybe that will get him to post some)

05-15-2009, 12:22 PM
That's why he brought me. Sherry (aka the wife)

05-15-2009, 08:35 PM
See, leave it to your old buddy Lou to hook you up!!!!:-D

05-15-2009, 09:10 PM
Nice report.

05-16-2009, 02:26 AM
See, leave it to your old buddy Lou to hook you up!!!!:-D

Lou, that's only 1/2 the story. Wait til you hear what you're bringing down to KC for me.

05-16-2009, 02:48 AM
got to MIM just after lunch. had a goodie bag(rubs, sauces, shirts and champange) for the Danish team, so went there first. Decided to walk around a bit, met up with Anne from Iowa with the National Pork board. Stopped to say hi to Rod and Sherry gray(Pellet Envy) had to show my wife what a FEC-100 is. Planting the seed. It was hot and humid so made our way back to the Danish camp, they had just turned in brisket. We gladdly accepted their hospitalilty and had brisket, shrimp, pulled pork, lamb, and hot wings and many cold ones. Hung out with them till after turn ins were over. They are a well oiled machine. 8 cooks(most a chefs) about a dozen support staff(runners, coach, media, and helpers) they left the team psychologist at home. About 1200 people applied to be on this team and they had to compete to be selected. They even have their own media guide with bios and recipes, know I just need to learn Danish.

at 4 we went to a rib demonstration put on by the natonal pork board, they had Chris Lilly present. the only secret I got out of him was to use big Bob Gibson's rub. Got to me him after he was done, really a nice guy.

We found a table in the shade to watch the awards and still within distance of the Danish bottomless coolers. They made their trip worthwhile by taking 3rd in the lamb category. Royal Oak out of Oklahoma tore it up with 4 top 3 calls.

One last stop at the Danish camp to offer congrats, one of their head guys was preparing a lobster team meal for them. We decided not to wear out our welcome so we took off towards the exit. The sun was setting over the Mississippi river so we walked the path beside it up river. We saw a team having a riverside memorial and throwing someones ashes in the river( i get goosebumps thinking about it, I hope I am lucky enough to have the type of friends who would do that for me). Just 300 yards futher upstream we wittnessed a couple getting married on the bank. How many of us could talk your spouse into getting married at a BBQ contest?

We headed for Beale St to have dinner and caught some live music at O'sullivans. It was a great day, no real agenda, but enough to keep us entertained.

Here's some pics. My favorite is Rod Gray taking a picture of Chris Lilly.

05-16-2009, 02:55 AM
See, leave it to your old buddy Lou to hook you up!!!!:-D

Lou, I'm hooking you up to. I got you a copy of the Danish teams CD. Yes music cd with their own BBQ song.

05-16-2009, 10:15 AM


05-16-2009, 11:01 AM


Yeah, I was surprised to. The have a contest for meats, seafood, beans, wings, best booth, best tshirt. Then today is the big events with the onsite judging ribs, shoulder and whole hog.

05-16-2009, 12:34 PM
i knew about the other, just never heard of brisket category

are the grounds dry, or did they get a little swampy?

Big Tom
05-16-2009, 05:42 PM


The brisket was probably the entry for the beef category for "anything but" MIM breaks out the 'anything but' to: beef, poutlry, seafood and exotic.

Thanks for the updates DMDon

05-18-2009, 10:35 PM
Don sounds like a awesome trip!!

05-18-2009, 11:11 PM
What a great wife to surprise you with this trip Don! Glad you had fun!