Monday, April 20, 2009


This post is going to be the down and dirty, to the point version. We cooked the Capitol City Cook-off in Jefferson City, Missouri this past weekend. Our good friend Bruce Ring, a veteran of the competition circuit, organizes and hosts this event. Bruce hurt his back and had surgery just a week before this event. He's a trooper though as he was there working as hard as ever the entire time. In addition to his committee members, Mike Lake of Rock River BBQ and Randy Twyford of Twyfords BBQ & Catering stepped in to help Bruce out. Except for some rain on Saturday, the event came off without a hitch. We even had a group of eleven and twelve year olds playing 70's classic rock on Saturday morning. I smile when I type that, because you sort of had to be there. It was their first ever paying gig. I've decided that kids should not play music if they don't understand the lyrics. Enough said.

Here's our finish:

Chicken: 10th
Ribs: 2nd
Pork: 21st
Brisket: 12th

Overall - 4th place out of 55 teams.

Congrats to my cooking class partner Johnny Trigg of Smokin' Triggers on a third place overall finish. Also, congrats to Candy Weaver of BBQr's Delight on her win in Lula, Mississippi. Congrats to Scott & Suzie of South Pork on their win this past weekend. Also, congrats to John & Kathy Swift on their victory in Winchester, Tennessee. Finally, happy birthday and congrats to Steve Farrin of I Smell Smoke infamy on the big win in Maryland this past weekend. Steve and the gang bested 92 teams. Well done everyone.

We're off to Smokin' In The Creek this weekend. It's about as close to home as we get. A couple of old friends I haven't seen since high school are coming out to see us at this event. I'm excited to see them and catch up. It will be good to be close to home as the month of May is going to be wild with many, many hours logged behind the wheel. See you all somewhere on the competition barbecue trail.

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