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musicmanryann
10-21-2009, 12:38 PM
Boy you'd think there was some big contest going on this weekend that everyone is at.:biggrin:

For those of us not going to the Jack this week, or for those that are that have access to this forum, does anyone have any good stories about this bbq season they would like to share? They can be funny, heartfelt, happy, sad, whatever.

Dan - 3eyzbbq
10-21-2009, 12:46 PM
I got one. Upper Marlboro, MD. They had a nice field, but graduation parking tore it up. So....they decided to steam roll it and seal the surface. Worked out great until it rained about midnight. Water couldn't get into the ground and pooled.

Thanks go out to Smokin Gnome for the shovel to build the drainage ditch and to WATG for the broom (sorry it broke :icon_blush:) to sweep the water into. Also, honorable mention to the VA BBQ pirates for allowing their water to refill our area whenever it looked like we were going to dry out.

It was a good time!

musicmanryann
10-21-2009, 01:19 PM
A fun one was at Mason City. The MC calling the winners was doing a big dog and pony show up on stage. You could tell he was really enjoying himself and was actually doing a great job.

When it came time to call the overall winners he began at third place. Upon hearing several audience members shout "Top 10". He said okay. Then he got so caught up in trying to be entertaining about it he ended up calling the Grand Champion as 10th place overall. The rep ran over and told him what happened and the look on his face was priceless. He then began with the correct tenth place team, and ended with the Grand Champion, which everyone already knew. Hilarious!

Jorge
10-21-2009, 02:11 PM
Boy you'd think there was some big contest going on this weekend that everyone is at.:biggrin:

For those of us not going to the Jack this week, or for those that are that have access to this forum, does anyone have any good stories about this bbq season they would like to share? They can be funny, heartfelt, happy, sad, whatever.

Early this year I contacted Plowboy to see if he'd need some help at Qlossal since they do a lot of catering for the Pork Expo. It's a contest I've heard a lot about and wanted to check out. We worked our butts off but it was a lot of fun for me, getting to spend some time with Todd, Randy, and Randy's family that were there! Flying in and out of Kansas City some other friends took some time out of their schedule and the time I got to spend with them really added to my trip. Thanks to Rod, and the Groneman clan.

Todd and Steph winning the Egg Scramble was really cool, especially under the circumstances. They thought outside the box and came up with a fantastic entry!

Sitting at the back and on the floor was awesome for me because I was off my feet!:lol: Getting the calls we did was awesome. Seeing the Grumpy Old Farts get a call was fantastic. I shoulda known the Boondoggle Boys had bigger things coming:wink:

Being there to see you guys get your first is a highlight I'll remember for a long time! I think it's fair to say that you were surprised:mrgreen: I'd had a great week already, but seeing how much you enjoyed your first made it better!

Something else happened that weekend, when I called to check on some results that made it even more special! I'll leave that to somebody else to explain.

musicmanryann
10-21-2009, 02:29 PM
Early this year I contacted Plowboy to see if he'd need some help at Qlossal since they do a lot of catering for the Pork Expo. It's a contest I've heard a lot about and wanted to check out. We worked our butts off but it was a lot of fun for me, getting to spend some time with Todd, Randy, and Randy's family that were there! Flying in and out of Kansas City some other friends took some time out of their schedule and the time I got to spend with them really added to my trip. Thanks to Rod, and the Groneman clan.

Todd and Steph winning the Egg Scramble was really cool, especially under the circumstances. They thought outside the box and came up with a fantastic entry!

Sitting at the back and on the floor was awesome for me because I was off my feet!:lol: Getting the calls we did was awesome. Seeing the Grumpy Old Farts get a call was fantastic. I shoulda known the Boondoggle Boys had bigger things coming:wink:

Being there to see you guys get your first is a highlight I'll remember for a long time! I think it's fair to say that you were surprised:mrgreen: I'd had a great week already, but seeing how much you enjoyed your first made it better!

Something else happened that weekend, when I called to check on some results that made it even more special! I'll leave that to somebody else to explain.

You are the man. Thank you very much for that. It was definitely a weekend we will never forget.

I am interested to hear what happened next though. Plowboy?

Smokin' Joe
10-21-2009, 02:31 PM
I'll play!

Another water related one, we were at a comp in Ottuwma Iowa in a very large parking lot and the bottow of a very large hill...our spot was right on top of the single storm drain for the entire lot. I awoke to pouring rain about 3:30 AM. I knew we had a water problem when I stepped out of the camper and water filled my shoe:shock: The water was about an inch from running in the firebox on my Fatboy...not much I could do other than laugh and go back to bed...

http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm67/joebellbucket/130.jpg?t=1256153342

Dan - 3eyzbbq
10-21-2009, 03:02 PM
Smokin Joe-

Thats like a nightmare! Did it get in the vents?

Smokin' Joe
10-21-2009, 03:08 PM
Smokin Joe-

Thats like a nightmare! Did it get in the vents?

No it didn't, got really close as is actually was on the way down by the time I took this pic...the team across from me offered me a beer and we sat and watched the water crest:grin:

NelsonC
10-21-2009, 03:13 PM
Those were fun times.... you still managed to pull out a GC despite all of that!

I got one. Upper Marlboro, MD. They had a nice field, but graduation parking tore it up. So....they decided to steam roll it and seal the surface. Worked out great until it rained about midnight. Water couldn't get into the ground and pooled.

Thanks go out to Smokin Gnome for the shovel to build the drainage ditch and to WATG for the broom (sorry it broke :icon_blush:) to sweep the water into. Also, honorable mention to the VA BBQ pirates for allowing their water to refill our area whenever it looked like we were going to dry out.

It was a good time!

Plowboy
10-21-2009, 03:22 PM
After any contest, one of the first calls is to Andy. After Qlossal, I called to tell him of our RGC. His return to that was Smoke on Wheels first ever GC at Marysville, KS. The very next evening we are all back in Kansas City have Prime CAB dry aged ribeyes with our wives and Jorge before he returned to Tejas. Of course, Smoke on Wheels picked up the tab that night. Little did we know that the next weekend they would do it again in Boston, NY. That initial first GC for SOW in early June has turned into a KCBS leading six GC's for the year. It has been hard to keep up with the little bastage! The Royal was Plowboys' sixth of the year, so we are even... for now.

Another great memory for me of 2009 was winning Burlington, KS for the second year in a row and then to follow up the week later with GC in El Dorado, KS. The significance of Burlington was that I hadn't won a contest in the year since Andy and I took GC there a year ago. I hadn't qualified for the Royal Invitational yet. There were only three contests left and it looked like I'd be on the sidelines for the Royal Invitational. Burlington became my qualifier and the rest is history. Winning a contest back to back is amazing! We also placed in all six categories both years. This year, I was solo... and tired.

The best memory of the year, maybe bigger than the Royal Invitational, was the Plowboys Trifecta in mid July. As Plowboys, I won Butt to Butt in Shannon and Andy won Chest to Chest in the same day. The following day, cooking as Plowboys BBQ, Randy (Pigboy) took RGC at Warrensburg, MO. For all three of us to have individual success hundreds and hundreds of miles apart was simply special. They are my brothers and I couldn't have been more proud.

Balls Casten
10-21-2009, 03:38 PM
My favorite quote of the year came from KCBobby.
He stoped by our spot on Friday at the Royal. And during a short chat I ask if they were cooking the Invitational? Bobby’s response “Naw, we're not that good.” :lol:

Smokin Mike
10-21-2009, 03:46 PM
my story will not top these, but wanted to share.

My 2nd ever contest, at Pleasant Hill Mo, (which I got to meet a bunch of brethrens), totally forgot chicken, Shane and Vern came to check the meat and opps, no chicken, no prepping either intill I got my chicken. THEN found out, after I had my wife get chicken and gave it to me, NO GREENS, back to K.C for her

I was cooking by myself, Wife and then 5 year old son. Somebody (I know who it was) all the time, intill turn in times, playing music super loud over a amp,(starting to fry my nerves, repeat same crappy songs over and over)first kids Q I did, worried about everything I'm doing, and missing, when I was helping my son.

When everything was turned in, relaxed for a minute, had some beers with Jay, and later thank god Dave was near me, during awards time, had some more beers. Got my first call in ribs, and got hooked to comps after that.

Plowboy
10-21-2009, 03:47 PM
One of the most impactful events of 2009 was the death of my friend and pitmaster of Smoking Poobahs, Dwain Gleason. Dwain and I worked together and talked food/bbq daily. He passed away the Monday before Qlossal. His funeral was that Friday and I couldn't return for it with our catering commitments. It was a very terrible week and BBQ was a welcome and necessary distraction.

In September, his wife and team reunited after two years to cook the Blue Springs contest. It was a way to memorialize and honor Dwain who was by all accounts their Head Cook. Though we were vending, we successfully made several attempts to visit and check in throughout the weekend. I prayed that they get just one call, but their best finish was 11th in sausage. They were with us at awards and were as emotional as we were when Plowboys won GC at Blue Springs, our hometown. In a way, I think it was a bit of influence from Dwain honoring all of us, the people who loved him.

That was hard to write. I miss Dwain's daily presence. What a great guy lost way too early.

BBQ Bandit
10-21-2009, 05:01 PM
I got one. Upper Marlboro, MD. They had a nice field, but graduation parking tore it up. So....they decided to steam roll it and seal the surface. Worked out great until it rained about midnight. Water couldn't get into the ground and pooled.

Thanks go out to Smokin Gnome for the shovel to build the drainage ditch and to WATG for the broom (sorry it broke :icon_blush:) to sweep the water into. Also, honorable mention to the VA BBQ pirates for allowing their water to refill our area whenever it looked like we were going to dry out.

It was a good time!

At Upper Marlboro, MD

Brought the family to introduce them to the competition concept, check out the layout, and introduce them to other Brethren and make new friends.

Realized the comp was placed at the Equestrian Center. Depending how the wind blew... either you smelled BBQ or manure. Then the rain came thru the first night. My family was not impressed due to the existing elements provided by Mother Nature's scents.

widespread
10-21-2009, 05:26 PM
I got one. Upper Marlboro, MD. They had a nice field, but graduation parking tore it up. So....they decided to steam roll it and seal the surface. Worked out great until it rained about midnight. Water couldn't get into the ground and pooled.

Thanks go out to Smokin Gnome for the shovel to build the drainage ditch and to WATG for the broom (sorry it broke :icon_blush:) to sweep the water into. Also, honorable mention to the VA BBQ pirates for allowing their water to refill our area whenever it looked like we were going to dry out.

It was a good time!

LMAO, I'll never forget being there at 2am, drinkin' a beer and watching you and Dan keep the drainage system flowing with the broken broom. And then being told we were too loud.
Good luck at the Jack!

Ron_L
10-21-2009, 06:50 PM
The best memory of the year, maybe bigger than the Royal Invitational, was the Plowboys Trifecta in mid July. As Plowboys, I won Butt to Butt in Shannon and Andy won Chest to Chest in the same day. The following day, cooking as Plowboys BBQ, Randy (Pigboy) took RGC at Warrensburg, MO. For all three of us to have individual success hundreds and hundreds of miles apart was simply special. They are my brothers and I couldn't have been more proud.

This was fun to be a part of as a spectator!

For us I think the most challenging competition of the year was the Rotary Club Ribfest at Elk Grove Village, IL. The whole Chicago area had experienced heavy rains the week leading up to the competition and the ball fields where the teams normally set up was saturated so they moved the vendors out of the parking lot and had us set up in the parking lot. When we arrived it was raining heavily again and we backed the trailer into our assigned spot as sat in the truck, just waiting.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SkFC1vMvQ2I/AAAAAAAADPs/TxZc615z2rw/s800/IMG_0060.JPG

By the time the rain stopped the front doors of our truck was in water about 8" deep and the lower part of the parking lot was almost three feet deep! The water did drain off of the parking lot into a nearby creek and teams were able to get setup for the competition.

That evening, after the cooks meeting and a lot of teams had already fired up their pits, the creek rose over it's banks and the water started creeping back up again. At around 7pm the local police came to let us know that more storms were coming and had winds up to 70 mph. They strongly advised that we take shelter in the local high school, but, of course, none of us did. We took down our pop up, rolled up the awning and put away anything that could blow away and went into the trailer. When the winds hit I think we were lucky that our truck was next to the trailer and blocked some of the winds. As it was the trailer was rocked pretty hard. After the storms cleared the water kept rising until it was inches from our trailer from the back and inches from our truck on the side. Divemaster's site was flooded and he had to move his pit twice. Several teams had to move completely and a couple packed u and went home.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SkFC3vHhU2I/AAAAAAAADQI/tgRYkqNkShw/s800/IMG_0068.JPG

The water finally started receding at around 10 on Saturday morning. Everything was muddy, but we finished the competition.

Buster Dog BBQ
10-21-2009, 08:10 PM
Seeing the Grumpy Old Farts get a call was fantastic.

That was very memorable. A standing ovation for them.

The whole fiasco at Min in May in the pork category was not great. Not getting my FEC to fire in LaPorte City had me freaked out, lucky Clone was there to help out.

Seeing all my BBQ buddies get calls, especially those who got their first GC's, or won a huge contest was great.

Smokin' Joe
10-21-2009, 10:28 PM
especially those who got their first GC's, or won a huge contest was great.

You know thats a great point...I probably had almost as much fun watching you, Big Tz, Boondoggle, and others win for the first time as I did winning my first one. Over our first year that has become a part of this crazy business that I really enjoy, and quite frankly I didn't expect that.

Lion Bout The Q
10-22-2009, 09:13 AM
The one that sticks in my mind the most was Hermann Mo BBQ.It was midnight and we had just finished preping chicken.I was going to do some dishes and reached into the sink filled with soapy water and bam, hit my new very sharp knife my wife had just given me for my birthday.I knew it wasn't good.I tried to stop the bleeding as I wondered the compound looking for someone from the area who knew if the they had a hospital.Luckily the hospital was very close as I recieved 5 stiches and came back to the comp and turned on the trailer light and my finger was bleeding just as bad as before.Had to drive my buddy's iwfes car back to the ER and get restiched.I didn't get back to the trailer until 230 am.Missed my pork on cooker time.It all worked out and we still came in 7th overall.

Plowboy
10-22-2009, 10:04 AM
The one that sticks in my mind the most was Hermann Mo BBQ.It was midnight and we had just finished preping chicken.I was going to do some dishes and reached into the sink filled with soapy water and bam, hit my new very sharp knife my wife had just given me for my birthday.I knew it wasn't good.I tried to stop the bleeding as I wondered the compound looking for someone from the area who knew if the they had a hospital.Luckily the hospital was very close as I recieved 5 stiches and came back to the comp and turned on the trailer light and my finger was bleeding just as bad as before.Had to drive my buddy's iwfes car back to the ER and get restiched.I didn't get back to the trailer until 230 am.Missed my pork on cooker time.It all worked out and we still came in 7th overall.

I could have gone all day without hearing that story. I had when stuff like that happens... and it does. I'm VERY careful with knives and get on people who aren't. I've experienced too many accidents.

Lion Bout The Q
10-22-2009, 12:44 PM
Yeah, we never put knives in the sink like that either..I guess it was just late and we weren't thinking..
But everyone should cook Hermann... wonderful contest,Wine bottle trophies, Kids Q and a Hospital two and a half blocks away!

Divemaster
10-22-2009, 02:12 PM
This was fun to be a part of as a spectator!

For us I think the most challenging competition of the year was the Rotary Club Ribfest at Elk Grove Village, IL. The whole Chicago area had experienced heavy rains the week leading up to the competition and the ball fields where the teams normally set up was saturated so they moved the vendors out of the parking lot and had us set up in the parking lot. When we arrived it was raining heavily again and we backed the trailer into our assigned spot as sat in the truck, just waiting.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SkFC1vMvQ2I/AAAAAAAADPs/TxZc615z2rw/s800/IMG_0060.JPG

By the time the rain stopped the front doors of our truck was in water about 8" deep and the lower part of the parking lot was almost three feet deep! The water did drain off of the parking lot into a nearby creek and teams were able to get setup for the competition.

That evening, after the cooks meeting and a lot of teams had already fired up their pits, the creek rose over it's banks and the water started creeping back up again. At around 7pm the local police came to let us know that more storms were coming and had winds up to 70 mph. They strongly advised that we take shelter in the local high school, but, of course, none of us did. We took down our pop up, rolled up the awning and put away anything that could blow away and went into the trailer. When the winds hit I think we were lucky that our truck was next to the trailer and blocked some of the winds. As it was the trailer was rocked pretty hard. After the storms cleared the water kept rising until it was inches from our trailer from the back and inches from our truck on the side. Divemaster's site was flooded and he had to move his pit twice. Several teams had to move completely and a couple packed u and went home.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SkFC3vHhU2I/AAAAAAAADQI/tgRYkqNkShw/s800/IMG_0068.JPG

The water finally started receding at around 10 on Saturday morning. Everything was muddy, but we finished the competition.

It was Elk Grove Village for us too... The 2nd photo above is of our site....

I'll never forget Anglo, sitting on the back of the trailer working on boxes... With Haz-Mat boots on...

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
10-22-2009, 02:42 PM
It rained at about every comp I did this year.. I did manage to "borrow" golf carts at 3 of them and give them a test run:lol:!

One of my favorite things has got to be seeing friends take their 1st big walk! WATG? and Big Uglys..kinda a brings a tear to your eye.. gotta think "that may be me one day!".:roll:

BChawg
10-23-2009, 09:47 AM
It was Clark Kent's 1st year on the trail doing 6 contest's in 2009. It's been a humbling experience for sure, but I really feel like I lived life to the fullest. Met some really great folks and got schooled on a regular basis--for Free (if you don't consider what I spent going to the contests). With the sheer effort it takes, I can't imagine doing any more in a given year. My hat's off to those of you that do! The cookoff's really are a great way to bring people together and honor some of them that have passed.

Clark

Bones
10-23-2009, 10:08 AM
I am with Ron and Divemaster as the Elk Grove IL contest was the one. We lost out EZ up and had a weber lid blow across the parking lot. Unlike the others we went to the schoolgym and waited it out and came back to the twisted pile of metal.

monty3777
10-23-2009, 11:39 AM
I remember Waterloo - it was so cold I was sitting in the sleeping bag we use to hold our brisket and pork butt. The thing was NASTY with stains and spills but there was nothing left but to crawl inside it and watch my cooker while Jeff and Oly slept like babies in the camper. That's why I'm buying my own camper this year!

musicmanryann
10-23-2009, 11:47 AM
I remember Waterloo - it was so cold I was sitting in the sleeping bag we use to hold our brisket and pork butt. The thing was NASTY with stains and spills but there was nothing left but to crawl inside it and watch my cooker while Jeff and Oly slept like babies in the camper. That's why I'm buying my own camper this year!

Hilarious!