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Solidkick
10-01-2004, 10:19 PM
Wow! What a day! The weather held out for the most part, which was a good thing!!!

We got to meet a lot of new people, put names and faces together. We ran into KC right off the bat. He had scoped out a few spots already. We met Jim Minion and Ray Lampe (Dr. BBQ). JM is about as nice a guy as you'd ever want to meet. Same with Buzz and his lovely wife, we had a great visit with him. Forgot to take his picture, and I'm sorry for that. We talked with several teams we had competed against this summer at the Boone County Fair. Most of them remember us right off the bat, which really made us feel good, face and name recognition after one cook off couldn't keep me from feeling very proud.

JM had a decent finish in the overall, I think it was 26th. Our buddies, 3 Little Pigs, (that have a table full of AR trophies), and 63 Diner, had a pretty rough go of it. Judging in the invitational seemed to be extremely tough, if I remember correctly the highest score I can remember was like 174 and that was in the brisket catagory.

We went by to see Bill Arnold of Blues Hog fame, and he immediately asked us if we wanted to stay overnight and cook with him. What a great honor to be asked, and if I didn't have to open on Sat. morning it probably wouldn't have taken much arm twisting for us to stay! (OK maybe a little for BellyBro, ;) )

We never bought a drink the whole time we were there, we were well taken care of. We did buy some tokens so we could try some "Texas" brisket. Didn't even come close to what we can turn out.

Pictures to follow. KC, hope you took more than I did! I got to busy visiting!

Forgot to tell you we ran into a guy that was cooking on what appeared to be an original NB Bandera. I asked how he liked it and what mods he had done, he said it was just given to him 2 days before. KC and I sprang into action, and came to his rescue! We had him making a temporary baffle out of foil and a heat shield from a shelf and foil. The guy was very receptive, soaking it all in cause he KNEW he'd come across a couple of guys that knew what they were talking about.

All in all, I bet we saw 25-30 Banderas at the AR.

Next year, The Belly Brothers are comin' to kick ass! Get ready Kansas City!

Solidkick
10-01-2004, 10:28 PM
Belly Brother II, Jim Minion, and BellyBro at the American Royal

Solidkick
10-01-2004, 10:29 PM
3 Little Pigs table full of American Royal trophies.

Solidkick
10-01-2004, 10:32 PM
What I think is an original NB Bandera..........I may be wrong.

kcquer
10-02-2004, 07:09 AM
To those who have never been, this event is unlike anything you can imagine. I can only attempt to describe it as, "what would happen if Woodstock and Mardi Gras had a baby that loved BBQ and grew to cover 20 acres". This is the Mecca of BBQ.
In the area that was predominately "open contestants" every 5th space or so had a substantial sound system, every 10th space or so had an out right stage setup. I saw as many kegs of beer as bags of charcoal!
Start making plans now to attend next year. Simply Farkin' Awesome!!!
Kick, when you get time, post the pic of the Frankensmoker and the mod'd Backyard 'dera.
I got pic's of Buzz and Jim, will post them a bit later.
One other observation, Q folk are absolutely the friendliest people on the planet. Every place we even so much as slowed down people said, "Hey, how you doin'" , they answered every question, offered beer or food at every turn.
Jim, was a real pleasure to meet you. Buzz, what can I say Brother except thanks for the hospitality, it was a treat to meet you and the Mrs. and what awesome farking spares! Kick, BellyBro, and BellyBro II, I had another great time hanging with y'all, just one question. Did you go home with the chicken cooker?

kcquer
10-02-2004, 07:40 AM
Top photo is Jim Minion giving us a taste of some awesome rub, Jim what was that stuff and where can we get some?

Below is Buzz (2Fat) prepping pork butts.

kcquer
10-02-2004, 07:48 AM
Unique cooker pics

Arlin_MacRae
10-02-2004, 09:21 AM
Awesome, Kick! That picture of the 'original NB Bandera'...was that a custom name plate on the door? I've got a Made in America 'Dera and it doesn't have that, so either the guy put something original on the door or that is something older. Glad to hear that there were so many 'Deras at the competition. It gives me warm fuzzies to know my rig isn't something to hide in the back yard. <grin>
And those trophies...WOW! Guess I need to put another couple thousand hours into Q'in' and start going to these things!

Arlin

parrothead
10-02-2004, 09:28 AM
Sounds like a blast. Hope to make it next year.

BBQchef33
10-02-2004, 09:37 AM
Awesome, Kick! That picture of the 'original NB Bandera'...was that a custom name plate on the door? I've got a Made in America 'Dera and it doesn't have that, so either the guy put something original on the door or that is something older.
Arlin

I Think(and believe the memeory is shot).. I think that was an Oklahoma Joe smoker.. If memory server right, years ago New Braunfels either bought the Bandera from Oklahoma Joes, or just like Brinkman witht he smoke king, copied a design and marketed it. It looks like an OJ logo on that door though.

but whats with the patio block?

willkat98
10-02-2004, 10:39 AM
NB did buy OJ

Solidkick
10-02-2004, 01:30 PM
Awesome, Kick! That picture of the 'original NB Bandera'...was that a custom name plate on the door? I've got a Made in America 'Dera and it doesn't have that, so either the guy put something original on the door or that is something older.
Arlin

I Think(and believe the memeory is shot).. I think that was an Oklahoma Joe smoker.. If memory server right, years ago New Braunfels either bought the Bandera from Oklahoma Joes, or just like Brinkman witht he smoke king, copied a design and marketed it. It looks like an OJ logo on that door though.

but whats with the patio block?
NB did buy OJ

OK, that clarifies it! I DID see 1 Bandera with an Oklahoma Joes metal engraved nameplate, so I guess that one would be the original. I figured it was a knock off of the original, kinda like the Brinkman. The one in the picture had the NB nameplate painted on, but it was a stenciled factory job, not something an owner would do . I think the concrete block was to take the "spring" out of the sprung firebox lid. (I have to be careful to not be judgemental here and give the guy a break, the cooker was new to him, and we invited him to check out this board to help him with his futures cooks.)

Another good one to share......KC and I are walking down this long row of cookers and KC says " Hey I think that's Paul Kirk's cooker and van, I seen them on TV when they got stolen a few months back". Sure enough, walk up to the cooker and there's this engraved plate on it "custom made for Paul Kirk by Dave Klose". Now, the amazing thing......KC identifed Kirk's cooker from about 35 yards away!!!!!!!!!!
What an eye!!!

Solidkick
10-02-2004, 01:35 PM
Kick, when you get time, post the pic of the Frankensmoker and the mod'd Backyard 'dera.

Solidkick
10-02-2004, 01:39 PM
Kick, when you get time, post the pic of the Frankensmoker and the mod'd Backyard 'dera.]

Solidkick
10-02-2004, 02:07 PM
Did you go home with the chicken cooker?
I couldn't get that cute little filly to come down even $10.00 on the price! We went back and talked to her like 3 times! LOL Finally, her sister says "we might be able to throw in a $3.00 bag of wood chips".
The Belly Brothers sure got a kick out of that! If I remember correctly, that cooker is made by the Amish out east. I asked what shipping would be for one and the sister said "around $200.00" I guess I have to pay for the shipping to them and then to me! Guys, the legs come off the chicken cooker and fits in the trunk of your car, and they wanted $200.00 for shipping? No way Jose!!

http://www.alphae-sales.com/index.php?action=item&id=962&prevaction=category&previd=1&prevstart=0

tommykendall
10-02-2004, 02:35 PM
Kick - thanks for sharing the photos

BrooklynQ
10-02-2004, 03:50 PM
Guys - great job with the pics and stories. Next year we should all be there!

racer_81
10-02-2004, 10:54 PM
Nice pics. Nice caps too - where'd you guys get those caps with the flames?

:shock:

kcquer
10-03-2004, 05:37 AM
Kick, thanks for the photos Bro.

The BYC (Bandera yard Chef) had tuning plates and the waterpan isn't used.

The frankensmoker was just too cool not to take a picture of. The brand new shiny diamond plate on the trailer next to the rusty whatever the smoker was made of was just funny. Anybody know what that big iron is? Boiler parts, pipeline stuff?

jminion
10-04-2004, 08:13 AM
Finally made it home and able to get the computer. Great meeting you all wish there had been more time to talk. We did finish 21st overall in the invational (6th place pork), have not seen any results from the open.
next off to the Jack will be in Lynchburg on the evening of the 20th I believe.

Bellybro
10-04-2004, 09:35 AM
Jim and Buzz thanks fo the hospitality and taking time to visit with us observers!
Both of these guys are great!

If you have never been you have to go at least once because after that you will be hooked!

We will be there next year for sure! Would be cool if we can get a bunch of teams from the board and try to get in somehwhat the same area!

I wish we could have stayed fridya night and Saturday!

Again can't say enought about how nice everyone was and the hospitality was awesome!!!!

Look forward to seeing eveyone there next year!

BigBelly
10-04-2004, 10:50 AM
That last picture of the bastardized Dera is awesome!!! I am serously thinking about ripping mine up and doing that very same thing!

Bigdog
10-04-2004, 11:00 AM
Bellybro, nice shirt bro. Thanks for wearing my shirt. I assume that it was the one that had my Avatar on the back. 8)

Bigdog
10-04-2004, 11:14 AM
Nice pics. Nice caps too - where'd you guys get those caps with the flames?

:shock:

Get your butt to a bash bro. and you would have a matching apron as well. :P

brdbbq
10-04-2004, 11:22 AM
Nice pics. Nice caps too - where'd you guys get those caps with the flames?

:shock:

Get your butt to a bash bro. and you would have a matching apron as well. :P

The only place he can go outside of Texas is Kentucky. After we had lunch awhile bck I can understand. 8)

Bob-BQN
10-04-2004, 12:44 PM
Here's a closer look at the Bandera's Logo. I have one just like it that I've been reconditioning. The guy I bought it from said he bought it new over 8-10 years ago.

http://www.romineinc.com/BBQ/nonq/grafix/0039.jpg

brdbbq
10-04-2004, 02:41 PM
Nice pics. Nice caps too - where'd you guys get those caps with the flames?

:shock:

Get your butt to a bash bro. and you would have a matching apron as well. :P

Guess I missed hearing about the bash that Jim went to ????

Bigdog
10-04-2004, 03:43 PM
Nice pics. Nice caps too - where'd you guys get those caps with the flames?

:shock:

Get your butt to a bash bro. and you would have a matching apron as well. :P

Guess I missed hearing about the bash that Jim went to ????

Notice that I didn't say that it was the only way to get one. :wink: