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BBQchef33
10-24-2004, 08:26 PM
hey Ladies.. Back from the Jack and a great 2 days.

Got there Friday mornin after crusin the Tennesee countryside for 2 hours. Beautiful country, hours of 2 lane road and hillsides, grazing animals and a whole load of houses with multiple cars in the driveway(read that as front lawn)....none newer than 1976, some sans hoods, tires or interiors..... :shock:

The town of Lynchburg has a listed populaiton of 512. I walked thru just about the entire town center in under 2 hours. Here on Long Island the local malls are about th size of Lynchburg and the town centers around the distillary. Jim was saying that the high schools give out diplomas and job applications to the distillary and graduation. People there are great. Showed me what real southern hospitality is. Everyone in town was great, pleasent and fdown to earth.

Met up with Jim Minion as soon as I arrived. Jim introduced me to Ray Lampe(DrBBQ) and I was officially at the Jack. Didnt want to show up empty handed so brought a 20 lb Prime rib from NY, my rub and mariande. That didnt seem to go over all that well with DrBBQ, but Jim figured we'd find a home for a Prime rib pretty easy among friends. I new a few other teams down there also and they know my prime rib, so that wasn't and issue...... Figured that be dinner Friday night. Well.. part of the JD Invitational is a dinner "on the Hill" where the contestants go to a local restaurant for dinner and lots 'O Jack. So since dinner was gonna be covered by the contest, the prime rib was at risk of becoming leftovers.

Thanks to Jim Minion, i got introduced to a bunch of players in the Jack including Chris Lilly, who is a great, great guy. Talking with Chris is like talking to your next door neighbor and friend. Although he was busy as hell and usually surrounded, he was real easy and willing to talk, had no condescending attitude that I found on some big name players.

I got adopted by Dizzy Pigs BBQ team. What a great bunch of guys.. went over to their tent was greated with a shot glass of Jack, a cold drink and was introduced to the whole team. While hangin out drinkin and shootin sh*t, the team captain got hungry.. was lookin for somethin.. Eureka!! aI volunteered to cook.... LUNCHTIME. They welcomed a big ass prime rib with and open pit and empty stomach... I got to cook for the team and made the orphaned Prime rib on the newest model of the Big Green Egg. Awesome Cooker.... holds heat like a vault and will crank up to 700-800 degrees real fast.... A little harder to cool it down becase of its ability to hold that heat. Very efficent cooker. Hung out a good part of the afternoon with Dizzy Pigs and in between I made my way around the hollow meeting up with other teams I knew. Would check in with Jim and DrBBQ to see if they needed any extra hands, but these guys have it down to a science and its like they're cooking for there family... So i just kept going back out to mingle. Everyone was great.. always greated with a smile and usually shot glass. Spotted Rich From Lost Nation( one of our new members) dragged em over to dizzy pigs for some beef. :)

I kept our apron and cap on the whole time and cant tell ya how many times I heard " i know that group" or "I belong to those guys". Best one was, while i was talking with greg & nancee from Purple Turtle.. one guys looks at the logo and says "The Brethren ??? Where'd u get that apron.. I know those guys." Followed by something like "how do you know them" ....I found it funny someone is asking me that question... so after the crooseyed look..... i say "I know them... I'm the Grand Poobah"...(yeah i said that..... too many shots)
what a riot.. Buzz(2 fat).. looks at me like im nuts... Phil?... yup... Me and Buzz ran into each other and didnt even know it..

Another group.... From Jamaica.. Sunset Spas was their name.. these guys can party!!! What a riot.. hung with them for a while and was cramped in the cheeks from laughin and smiling.. they had the Swiss Team and the Mexican team next to them and it was a great time there too. All the teams just wandered from tent to tent partying like old friends. Met Myron Mixon from Jacks Old South , The team of Natural Born grillers were also a great bunch.. and the Goody Girls form Texas had a team of what looked like 50 people, all in uniforms. check out the pictures. Those are the gus in black pants, white shirts, black vests and cowboy hats.... The visual alone can be intimidating...

I spent most of friday going around the hollow meeting people and talking BBQ. Soaked up technigues and ideas like a sponge and will be trying stuff out this week. Went to the hotel around 1-2am.

Saturday morning.. met up with Buzz to drive back to the hollow... hes a morning person.. i am not.. plus the shots of Jack from friday took there toll... Got there and went to see if any help was needed under Jims tent... nope.. its amaing how they operate.. the area was immaculate, all stuff is done inside the trailer in the kitchen... thats seems to make life alot easier than my way with the open trailer and luggin stuff out and setting up.. I have to give some serious thought on either selling my new trailer and getting a covered one, or making mine a permanent kitchen somehow. Either way, they were on there way.. so, so was I.

I wandered all around again, this time stayin away from the teams, just peekin in to say good morning and take a few pictures, but not get in the way.. always offered some help and did a few odd jobs for some of the teams, usually grunt work or something time consuming that they couldnt get to.... i was labled an "itinerant" by one group of teams that kept givin me stuff to do, they asked if I'd check in once in a while....and I was happy to!! It was great to be walking around and hear someone yellin for me.. "We need some help!"... Sometimes it was washing dishes....or prep work.... but the best was helpin to choose what looked best or even better was the "which tastes better?"... I got to sample some really good stuff down there. Although one or two teams were kind of "secretive" of there presentations, most were open and seeked opinions and ideas... Saw lots of presentations and got to taste some great stuff, as well as some pretty mediocre stuff. Most of the cookers there were big rigs and pellet cookers. A few teams use the green eggs as swear by them. Nearly every tent there had a WSM doing something. But the majority were big stick burners and pellet cookers.

After final turnins, i wandered around more.. talking to the teams as they shut down menatally and physically. Was real careful not to cross any bounds... Again, almost everyone there was outstanding. They were fun, and great to hang out with. I did meet up with an ego or 2 that I just chose to avoid.

One thing i do know.. and i want to tell every one of us who are competing or thinking about it... i tasted alot of stuff down there, from both, contestants and vendors with loads of championships under their belts. You had to be good just to get there... And every one here should know this... The stuff some of us make here... its just as good if not better than some of the heavy hitters. I tasted some of the stuff a few winners produced. Some was unbelievable that i can only hope to achieve.. yet some was nothing more than mediocre. Surprisingly mundane. We(The Brethren)have made stuff in my backyard that rose well above what was submitted at the world championship.

Alot of us here have been cooking for 10-15-20 years. We just have not competed. But our experience is invaluable and can't be denied. There are teams there that have only few years experience... some of the winners have only been cooking for a few years. The difference between them and us is that they are going to the events. Judges are tasting their product, not just friends and families. The stuff that i have had that our members have made, stuff produced at our bashes by a load of drunks(me included)... were just as good and sometimes better than some stuff I sampled this weekend. So for anyone who thinks they aint good enough, think again. Anyone on any given day can win an event. The final word is that of the judges, and what you or I think may suck, they may think is outstanding. Theres only one way to know how you will do at an event....

Go there.

All in all it was a great time.. Met a load of great people. In my journies, I carried a Brethren apron and had every team there sign it. i got nearly all of them. This is the only souviegner I brought back... I think it will do.

pictures are uploaded.

BrooklynQ
10-24-2004, 08:56 PM
sounds like a great time Phil. Did you adopt another dog?

BBQchef33
10-24-2004, 09:39 PM
nope, There was a dog show going on during the day that i snapped some pics of.. One of them is a twin for my puppie... .the little guy im holding is a puppy John(woo doggie) from dizzy pigs team tried getting me to take home.

The_Kapn
10-24-2004, 09:46 PM
OK- but did you have FUN? :lol: :lol:

What a report!
What insight!
What a boost to those of us who are new!

Thanks PooBah!

TIM

chad
10-25-2004, 06:22 AM
Sounds like you had a great weekend. Wish I could have been there!

BigBelly
10-25-2004, 07:35 AM
Great job on getting all those signatures on that there apron. One name I recognized right away and that was Dirty Dick. I met him at New Holland PA this summer. Boy, doe that guy have some war stories!

parrothead
10-25-2004, 08:11 AM
Too cool.

jminion
10-25-2004, 08:23 AM
Phil
Was a pleasure spending time with you, I wish there had been more for you to do cooking wise but we will get a chance to cook together sometime soon I'm sure.

BBQchef33
10-25-2004, 09:13 AM
Great job on getting all those signatures on that there apron. One name I recognized right away and that was Dirty Dick. I met him at New Holland PA this summer. Boy, doe that guy have some war stories!

Dirty Dick was teamed up with Jim and Ray.. Dicks a great guy, but was pretty busy throughout. Thank god for him, cause my phone had zero signal, so he was my only connection to the family back home. We had a few chances to talk but if he wasnt cookin, he was out and about with Ray. Hes got an aswesome sauce with his name on it.. "Dirty Dicks Oral Abuse" or something like that(Jim help me out here).

Another guy, Dave Brewer from Back 40 BBQ was next to us.. He's a real down to earth guy.... we sat around late friday night and just swapped some tales and ideas.... got there saturday mornin and he looked like hell.... not much sleep there.

Hey Jim, no sweat.. i got my cookin in with Dizzy Pigs and really enjoyed running from tent to tent. I liked just being a "helper". Got to do loads of stuff, learned alot from different teams and all that without the stress associated with the game.

Bellybro
10-25-2004, 10:09 AM
Awesome report Phil! Sounds like a blast!

jminion
10-25-2004, 10:51 AM
Phil
Dirty Dick is the best and his sauce (I believe you have it right) is outstanding, the cheese burger was really tasty also.

BigBelly
10-25-2004, 02:21 PM
Not to sure what was up but at the New Holland PA event everyone was calling him "The General".

Solidkick
10-25-2004, 07:56 PM
You don't know how much I've been waiting for this report. I've been about as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve. Thank you for going into great detail.
I really appreciate it!
Maybe next year...................

2Fat
10-25-2004, 08:01 PM
hey Ladies.. Back from the Jack and a great 2 days.

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glad to see ya had some fun anyway<LOL> great meeting. I had the honor of trimming the chick for the team that won that catagory---it was an interesting flavour that surprid=sed me that it did so well.

Got to be part of the "pig patrol"--so I even got a ribbon from the Jack!!

great trip--great time!! again

see ya

Solidkick
10-25-2004, 08:05 PM
hey Ladies.. Back from the Jack and a great 2 days.

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glad to see ya had some fun anyway<LOL> great meeting. I had the honor of trimming the chick for the team that won that catagory---it was an interesting flavour that surprid=sed me that it did so well.

Got to be part of the "pig patrol"--so I even got a ribbon from the Jack!!

great trip--great time!! again

see ya

Did you trim up the chicken like you did at the AR? I think I remembered how you did it.

2Fat
10-25-2004, 08:43 PM
Did you trim up the chicken like you did at the AR? I think I remembered how you did it.

ya mean all my secrets are public now<BFG> they put the chicken in a marinade that came in the goodie bag--not sure what--for about 18hrs or so--then seasoned with some commercial rub--maybe Smokin'Guns hot--then overcooked it on the wsm so it sat in the sauce fro at least an hour soaking up more flavour. Personally thought it was really salty but I wasn't a judge

see ya

BBQchef33
10-25-2004, 08:51 PM
[quote]

they put the chicken in a marinade that came in the goodie bag--not sure what--for about 18hrs or so--then seasoned with some commercial rub--maybe Smokin'Guns hot--then overcooked it on the wsm so it sat in the sauce fro at least an hour soaking up more flavour. Personally thought it was really salty but I wasn't a judge

see ya

The bird we submitted at the CT State Championship was WAAYYYYYYY to salty, to the point I thought was inedible. :oops: Submitted it anyway and it took first place. I think judges must be potato chip addicts. :?

2Fat
10-25-2004, 09:10 PM
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The bird we submitted at the CT State Championship was WAAYYYYYYY to salty, to the point I thought was inedible. :oops: Submitted it anyway and it took first place. I think judges must be potato chip addicts. :?

been told more than once its hard too make stuff too salty!!

Here is a pic of Phil at work??

willkat98
10-25-2004, 09:27 PM
Are those Chusck roasts?

2Fat
10-25-2004, 09:31 PM
Are those Chusck roasts?

rpime rib I believe

BBQchef33
10-25-2004, 10:44 PM
Buzz got it.. thems prime rib steaks. We didnt have 5-6 hours to cook a 20lb roast. So I cut them into 2-3 inch chunks and cooked them in the green egg at 275-300. Started out with a couple fatties before the roasts went on. Then opened the dampers full open and finished them at grilling speed. Sliced them up and rang the dinner bell.

Neil
10-26-2004, 03:40 AM
Thanks for sharing Phil. I used your prime rib technique on a tri-tip roast Sunday and it was fantastic.

drbbq
10-26-2004, 08:40 AM
It was good to meet you Phil. Sorry we didn't have much for you to do or a cooker for you to use but cooking for the World Championship is very serious business to me. Everything is well orchestrated ahead of time. My plan is in place long before we get to Lynchburg and it is set in stone.
Nice site.

racer_81
10-26-2004, 09:50 AM
Welcome DrBBQ.

Go on over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself!

CinCity25
10-26-2004, 11:33 AM
Hey Phil.....was wonderful meeting you at da Jack even though it was only a couple of hours before our departure back to Canada! :(

I was fortunate enough to be sharing a few pops with the Dizzy Pigs when the prime rib cam off the egg and it was incredible....I even bragged to my team mates that they missed out large on the PR! :P

Cindy
What have you been smokin'?
Ontario, Canada

brdbbq
10-26-2004, 11:45 AM
Phil is our Walking Billboard.

BBQchef33
10-26-2004, 12:07 PM
Hey Cindy!!! Welcome to our nut house... This is where it all began... :)


great to meet you and your bunch too.. Go over to cattle call.. let everyone know who ya are...

willkat98
10-26-2004, 12:15 PM
Phil is our Walking Billboard.

Pretty big billboard

BBQchef33
10-26-2004, 12:18 PM
Phil is our Walking Billboard.


You got that right. Kept our hat and apron on and got our name out there best i could... Considering the comapany I was in, having anyone from there come to our humble abode is definately a plus...

willkat98
10-26-2004, 12:20 PM
Phil is our Walking Billboard.


You got that right. Kept our hat and apron on and got our name out there best i could... Considering the comapany I was in, having anyone from there come to our humble abode is definately a plus...

Forgot the deodorant at the hotel, eh?

brdbbq
10-26-2004, 12:22 PM
Phil is our Walking Billboard.

Pretty big billboard
I'm not touching that one.

kcquer
10-26-2004, 12:27 PM
Brian's fixing to hit 2800 posts with another id!

brdbbq
10-26-2004, 12:42 PM
Brian's fixing to hit 2800 posts with another id!

Got to slow down.

Solidkick
10-26-2004, 12:53 PM
Welcome DrBBQ.

Go on over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself!

This guy is like JMinion, if you know the world of smoking meats, he needs no introduction.

Class has begun!

Welcome, Dr. BBQ. I still haven't scored any Bonesmokers, I gotta remember to do that!

racer_81
10-26-2004, 01:19 PM
Phil is our Walking Billboard.

Pretty big billboard
I'm not touching that one.

I hear there's a lot of acreage on the back side of that billboard.

BBQchef33
10-26-2004, 01:41 PM
It was good to meet you Phil. Sorry we didn't have much for you to do or a cooker for you to use but cooking for the World Championship is very serious business to me. Everything is well orchestrated ahead of time. My plan is in place long before we get to Lynchburg and it is set in stone.
Nice site.


Likewise Ray..

No problem with the cooker... Just like going to any BBQ event...backyard or championship.... I wouldnt show up empty handed... Found one real fast and the prime rib was gone within a few hours. Great to meet ya though and shoot the breeze in between your runnin around.

2Fat
10-26-2004, 05:12 PM
rang the dinner bell.

Bell what bell--didn't hear no steenking bell<sf>

BBQchef33
10-26-2004, 08:28 PM
rang the dinner bell.

Bell what bell--didn't hear no steenking bell<sf>



hey, i cant help it if it took ya till midnight to spot our logo. ! :twisted:

2Fat
10-26-2004, 08:34 PM
rang the dinner bell.

Bell what bell--didn't hear no steenking bell<sf>



hey, i cant help it if it took ya till midnight to spot our logo. ! :twisted:

guess I just didn't recognise ya without your bathrobe<LOL> and the hat was special 8)

is there a brethren store????????????

BBQchef33
10-26-2004, 09:38 PM
Coming soon... new active wear. :wink:

Solidkick
10-26-2004, 10:16 PM
Coming soon... new active wear. :wink:

No thongs please! They hurt Bill's prostrate. :twisted:

WooDoggies
10-28-2004, 11:52 AM
Hey Phil!
It was great meeting and hanging with you at Camp Dizzy Pig........ the prime rib and fatties were inhaled at lightspeed. Your foodwas more than delicious and very much appreciated..... Thanks for keeping us fueled.

Did you know you won the title of "Towel B*tch" for doing the dishes and cooking? Don't laugh, that moniker is quite the honor.... heee!
Be well and hopefully our paths will cross soon, dewd.
Very nice website.
John

BBQchef33
10-28-2004, 12:38 PM
Hey John.. Glad you made it...

Brethren.. this is John from Dizzy Pigs, the team that adopted me for the afternoon and gladly allowed the use of their green egg. GREAt bunch of guys.. Welcomed me with a shot of jack and a hot pit.. what else can ya ask for?


Honor to be a bitch of any kind in a pit.. even among us its an honor.... :) Had to clean up my mess.. last thing i wanted to do was throw a glitch in your teams timing.. glad to help out anyway i could...
Now as my witness tell them for WHOM I volunteered gladly to be her bitch when she was lookin for volunteers.... .


and what the hell happened to ya saturday night??? never made it to hotel? You were wobbling doggie when I left.

CinCity25
10-28-2004, 12:48 PM
i have one thing to say.......
wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-doggie!
miss you guys already.....wish i had your new bride's email to tell her just how much you were "gushin'" over her all weekend!! :D

ps....i think the problem saturday night was that i had to leave!! :(

BBQchef33
10-28-2004, 12:52 PM
i have one thing to say.......
wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-doggie!
miss you guys already.....wish i had your new bride's email to tell her just how much you were "gushin'" over her all weekend!! :D

ps....i think the problem saturday night was that i had to leave!! :(


Oh yeah.. forgot johns a newly wed... !!!

We tried to enlighten him on things to come, but he wants no part of it...

parrothead
10-28-2004, 10:51 PM
He will figure it out. Eventually.

WooDoggies
10-29-2004, 08:23 AM
Yo Phil, is this the one..... "Now as my witness tell them for WHOM I volunteered gladly to be her bitch when she was lookin for volunteers.... ."
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/Johnkovo/DizzyPiggie.jpg


Or this one.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/Johnkovo/Bianca.jpg

Hey Cindy...... great as always to see you and your smiling face. Those maple sugar cookies were almost as good as my Grandma's. And, of course, your company is unparalleled...... trouble as you may be!

Parrothead, hopefully I will not figure it out in this lifetime..... if you were to meet her, I think you'd know what i mean....... hey, she's got no problem with me running off for a week to Lynchburg or Kansas City...... gotta lover her for just that!

John

willkat98
10-29-2004, 08:47 AM
Or this one.
<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/Johnkovo/Bianca.jpg">




You ever notice girls with names like Bianca and such are always hot?

BBQchef33
10-29-2004, 11:00 AM
uh... gee.. ya think maybe it was BEEEE-Yancaaaaaaaa....

She was eating some of my cookin after i declared myself "a pitbitch" for the dizzy pigs... First thing she said was 'how do i get ME a bitch like you?" ..... thats about when i started wavin my arms.... "I'll do it!! I'll do it!!! I'll be your bitch!!!"....

in a NY minute.. (is there such a thing as a NY second?) :twisted:




yeah yeah.. before someone else says it... I know.. "and thats about how long it will take.".

CinCity25
10-29-2004, 06:24 PM
wow...how'd that picture of me get there???? :P

Solidkick
10-30-2004, 10:12 AM
wow...how'd that picture of me get there???? :P

Don't know.........but I think the MoFo chapter would be glad to have you as an honorary member, since there is no "North of the Border" chapter.
We'll even make you "Queen PitBitch." In fact, you can even be president!

Phil,
Thanks for bringing your new friends to the neighborhood. It really shows what a spokesman you are, not only for the site, but for BBQ.
I'm proud to call the "Towel Bitch" my friend.
Now, get over here and do the dishes! :)

BBQchef33
10-30-2004, 09:38 PM
Liek brian said.... I was a walking Billboard.. And everyone I met asked what my team was.. and all i did was point at the hat or apron. A few even heard about us or read about us in the bullsheet.


the real idea is to instill the fear of 'The Brethren" on the ciurcuit. :twisted: Want to hear chattering knees when they see our flag flyin at the next competition. grrrrrrrr...... :)

CinCity25
10-30-2004, 11:23 PM
oh yeah.....you are so frightening phil!

and woodoggies.....trouble???? who's trouble??? me??? :oops:

solidkick.....thanks for the offers....if only! lol

WooDoggies
10-31-2004, 08:46 AM
Yeah, Cindy, you're cute and all but we know it's only a disguise...... heee!

Phil instilling fear? He sure has a long way to go..... he's about as frightening as the wee little pup he's holding.... Very Scarey!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/Johnkovo/DSCN1470.jpg

BBQchef33
10-31-2004, 09:30 AM
they're working for me.. is anyone else having a problem with johns link. ?

racer_81
10-31-2004, 10:43 AM
they're working for me.. is anyone else having a problem with johns link. ?

:shock:

No Comment.

parrothead
10-31-2004, 11:35 AM
Yeah. When I go there it asks me for a password.