Coming off a 5th place overall finish in last years NEBS cookoff, we had a lot of pressure to repeat our performance. TYWBBQ was only able to muster a 4th place trophy for Smoked Apple Cheesecake Dessert. Beggars can't be choosers...
Historically, we have always struggled at Ribfest in KCBS. We have had a rib call or 2 over the years, but nothing substantial. This was also our first year using our sponsor j.Dickey's Sauces for competition so we are still trying to work out the kinks to adding his fine collection of gluten free sauces to our arsenal. Coach BEEF wrestled the reins away from the GranPappy of Pork for the weekend and navigated us to our highest scoring cook ever!
Mendo and the TrashMan did a less than stellar job of trimming up the thighs above as you can see but made a crucial decision to NOT scrape the fat from under the skin at the last minute. A perfect cook blueprint from Coach BODY-HAIR and a subtle slathering of the j.Dickey's Bourbon Sauce during the later half of the cook allowed us to snag a 6th place in Chicken...one spot out of the money! Things were starting to look up for the crew.
The pork box money was made in the wee hours of Sunday morning when Coach BIGBOY decided that we over vaporized our pork last week so he put the breaks on us and delayed our protocol by 2 hours. Big move by an even bigger man! Look at that money muscle and perfectly carved horn! You don't see that everyday. Getting a call was a lock when we added some j.Dickey's Maryland Sauce as a finisher to the entry! Lights out our best entry and score ever for pork! 5th place for the Hanging Pigs, a nice trophy and some LOOT for the bill collectors!! MAKE IT RAIN!!!
When the final tally came out, TYWBBQ was sitting in 11th out of 50 of the best BBQ teams on the eastern sea board. Our ribs were off today and brisket still remains a disaster...AND WE STILL WERE 11th!!! When we figure this brisket out some teams might want to get on the pie eating circuit because we will have this BBQ thing on lock!! Thanks to Rolf and everyone at the Highland, NY Rotary Club for always putting on a great event! Got to cut this post short...the bank's about to close and I need to deposit our CHECKS!!!
LOVE, PEACE and CONTEST WINNINGS