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Unread 02-27-2005, 04:39 AM   #1
jeffsasmokin
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Default Okeechobee Was A Blast!!!

The Okeechobee Top Of The Lake BBQ Affair was a Blast! This was my first initiation into the competition circuit and the "behind the scenes" action of a sanctioned event. I have to thank Kevin and Clara of Home BBQ and Jimmy of the Taylor Reantal Team for all their gracious assistance and allowing me to to ask so many darn questions. Kudos to Tim and Bridgette of Cosmic Cookers as well!

It was unbelievable to witness so many syles and techniques of barbequing, let alone the killer units that were spread out amongst the competition field. I have a new found appreciation for what it takes to produce competitive 'Q and the hard work of everyone involved to make it happen. (all the way down to the grounds keepers!) I feel for all those who have been up for the last 36 hours cooking and competing, only to break down their setups, attend the ceremonies, then farking drive home for hours! Wow! That really takes grit!

My wife, Cheryl truly enjoyed the event and all the wonderful "down to earth" people we met. There was not one person there that was ever too busy to say Hi, or lend us an ear. We both came away with smiles on our faces and were fed some outstanding 'Q.

Can't wait for the next one!
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