Here are the pics from last weekend's cookoff. Had a great time judging some absolutely outstanding BBQ and the entire event was for a great cause.
I arrived in style, of course.
As soon as we signed in we were, for the most part, sequestered in the Judging tent until the competition was over.
We were able to go out on the event grounds but were not allowed to mingle with the contestants on BBQ Row.
I did find a little time to "horse around" shortly before judging began.
There were a total of 51 teams competing for Grand Champion. We were a total of 48 judges, six sitting at each of 8 tables.
The BBQ was brought to us in containers with at least six pieces in each container.
We were not allowed to take pictures of the entries, so these entry photos are the entries from the Soul Fusion Kitchen Team's entries.
We got to sample and grade six entries from each of four categories: Chicken, Ribs, Boston Butt, and Beef Brisket.
Everyone has their own techniques of course, and smokers that ranged from little Webers all the way up to some pretty fancy rigs.
There was also a people's choice award going on, so most of the Teams were handing out samples of their Que throughout the day.
It was nice to be on the receiving end of the best of the best, however. Since I usually only took one bite of each entry, I had leftovers which we were allowed to take home.
I have found uses for them, in fact I cooked up some pretty mean Chili last night with the pork and brisket.
My friends over at the BBQ Magic Team ended up winning 5th in the BBQ Rib category. Marty and his team did a great job, and I enjoyed drinking a couple cold ones with them after the judging was over with.
All in all, a good way to spend a Saturday. I have already signed up for upcoming cookoffs in the area, who knows, maybe I'll even get my own team together someday. (With John A's help, of course!