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Gilly Barnstorms the ‘Boro
Gilly’s Barnstormin’ BBQ is taking 2011 by storm. Along with taking home the Grand Championship at the Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off in Murphysboro, Ill., and the Kingsford Points Chase points, this is Gil Taft’s 3rd overall victory this year to go alongside an additional five reserve grand championships!
Oct 11, 2011
“Murphysboro is one of the best events around,” explains Taft of the Praise the Lard event. “With both KCBS and MBN you know the competition will be the best, Mike’s (Mills) contest is great and he’s a real good guy.”
Gil Taft came away from his Grand Championship and Kingsford win in Murphysboro being most proud of his effort in the pork category.
“I like to cook mine low and slow at around 210 degrees,” said Taft. “At the beginning of the year, I had some good success with my pork and it turned out here to be some of the best I’ve had all year.” Finishing 13th in the Pork category with the talented field at the Murphysboro event is definitely something for Taft to be proud of.
But it wasn’t all easy sailing at Praise the Lard in Murphysboro, as Gil faced a few challenges on his way to the big win.
“I thought I messed up on the time,” describes Gil of his challenging weekend. “I thought right after pork it was time to go with ribs. Instead they sat out a while as I waited, but apparently the judges liked it that way!”
Gil finished 4th in the chicken category and he attributes that high finish to some prior preparation he did in anticipation of the Kingsford event.
“I used a pellet cooker on the chicken with Kingsford coal,” describes Taft. “I used it last week in St. Peters, MO to practice with. I hadn’t used it on the Stump’s cooker and I wanted to see if there’s any difference. I knew I would be in Murphysboro that next weekend, and because of the Kingsford Chase I wanted to be ready. It seemed to work!”
Gilly’s Barnstormin’ BBQ is basically just a one-man gang of Gil Taft. For some events his wife or son will join him, but for the most part it’s just the man, his meat and his tools.
“I like it,” states Taft of his one-man operation. “I have a process. I like to do prep work early. By 5 I’ve got everything rolling and then I’ll have my boxes done by 11.” Gil goes on to say that “this way I’ve got no one to blame but myself if something screws up!”
From the looks of things, with Gil and his 3 wins this year, there’s not a lot of blame to place in 2011!