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Unread 02-25-2007, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Completed my first cookoff this weekend

I competed in a sanctioned IBCA in Irving TX this past weekend. There were some very good BBQ'rs there. There were a total of 32 pits entered. There was a hellacious dust storm during the event too. When we got home last night I had several shingles missing, had them repaired today by guys riding around the neighborhood.

BTW, I settled on our team name. Grilla's in the Pits (thanks Ty)

I didn't do as well as I would like to have. But I did learn. I didn't realize what it took to score high until I saw what other folks do. I didn't sauce or glaze my ribs, mistake, that was my best finish too. I made it as far as the final table, which I suppose is pretty good.

All in all I made very good ribs and chicken. I got exactly what I was going for. Now my brisket sucked, it never really got finished. I actually prepared 2, one was trimmed and the other a packer. I turned in 7 slices from the trimmed brisket, it didn't have really good flavor, mainly because it wasn't done. I placed it back in the oven when I got home last night and finally today it was done. Perfect too. I used two probes and both read around 190 when I began the briskets rest. The only thing I didn't do that I normally do was wrap it at 160.

Now I met some of the best folks ever at the event. They all gave me helpful information which should allow me to do better in the future. I didn't run into any Brethren there....ughhhhhhh, I did run into some Stumpers though.

That was my weekend.....................
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Unread 02-25-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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Thanks for the great report!

It sounds like you had a positive first comp and learned from it.
That is what it is all about!

As to the Brisket--it is an "feel" thing with the probe as to when it is done.
Just takes time and experience to master that--not really a "number" to read on the thermometer.
Try again, several times, at home and you will master it!!!!

Keep it up and have fun while ya do it

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I I didn't run into any Brethren there....ughhhhhhh, I did run into some Stumpers though.

That was my weekend.....................
Are you by chance going to Irving the last weekend in March?
3/30-31 at the Knights of Columbus

I was thinking of driving over there. Never been to a comp and wanted to meet some people.
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Congratulations!

The first one is the toughest...you never really know what to expect until you do a competition.
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You went, you learned and you had fun. That's the most important part. Everything else is gravy!
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Tony, I wondered if they would even have it with the weather on Saturday. That is the worst dust storm I have seen in all the 24+ years that I have lived here. When is your next contest?
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How did you finish?
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You did your thing, you had fun, and you learned! Go get'em again!
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What he said...
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Thanks for the great report!

It sounds like you had a positive first comp and learned from it.
That is what it is all about!

As to the Brisket--it is an "feel" thing with the probe as to when it is done.
Just takes time and experience to master that--not really a "number" to read on the thermometer.
Try again, several times, at home and you will master it!!!!

Keep it up and have fun while ya do it

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That was my only regret, I coulda made my worst brisket of the last year and did better than what I turned in, but the whole time I was thinking that maybe I was overthinking it. It was definately a learning experience. It will only get better.
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Tony, I wondered if they would even have it with the weather on Saturday. That is the worst dust storm I have seen in all the 24+ years that I have lived here. When is your next contest?
Not quite sure yet, but we are thinking Kaufman or West.
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Are you by chance going to Irving the last weekend in March?
3/30-31 at the Knights of Columbus

I was thinking of driving over there. Never been to a comp and wanted to meet some people.
I have planned on doing that one. They are supposed to have a real nice camping area, lot's of oak trees.
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Right next to the mashed potatoes.

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How did you finish?
I didn't finish in the top ten in any category. Being that it is ICBA, they didn't do the points thing. In ribs, I made the final table. They took 6 entries from each of the previous three tables. So I got in the top 18 in ribs I guess.

One of my thoughts was that I didn't sauce my ribs because I thought it was a smoked meat comp and not a BBQ sauce comp. The judges were all Elks members for the most part. I later learned that in North TX they like there ribs sweet. Sauce from here on out....Live and learn.

As I said before, I loved my chicken, I have heard that chicken is somewhat of a crap shoot. Can anyone here give me some input on that in regards to ICBA? One thing I might do different next time is smoke them a little more for the color. I used a Mojo recipe that left the chicken moist and tender, I will share the recipe if anyone is interested.

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I am looking for info on BBQ Cookoff's and how to go about entering them, etc... Any information about upcoming events and rules, association's and the like would be appreciated. Thanks
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Tony-I thought about driving over to the Irving contest, but when the dust storm blew in I decided against it. My first contest is going to be in West March 16-17. Not competeing in Kaufman but I am going just to check out the competition. Post if your going to compete in Kaufman and I will look ya up. Hope to see ya in West.
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