Squeezing In A Little "Competition"October 13, 2008 Chris and I were in Golden City, MO (between Springfield, MO and Joplin, MO) this past weekend doing presentations and demo's. Their website is http://www.gcbbq.com/.
This was to be our only weekend off in October but after going all summer long and only cooking once for our daughter's college graduation, the BBQ itch got to be too much so we decided to do a little "competition" also.
Take something that you enjoy doing... you get to rub elbows with people who also love to do what you do... these people write books and win grand championships doing what they do... and all you get to do is watch. That is until you get a chance to scratch that itch close to home!
We have been fortunate enough to spend time with some fantastic teams and individuals who have been generous enough to share some of their wisdom and knowledge with us. We would not be on this Great American BBQ Tour if we did not love BBQ and sharing the love with others. So to be able to compete along the way is simply the perfect medicine for the BBQ itch!
Last weekend we were at the American Royal... the biggest BBQ event on the planet with over 450 teams competing in the open division. But one thing we've learned: whether it's a big contest or a small one, the excitement in attending is the same. I know that we will have great crowds for our grilling demonstration... I know that people will enjoy seeing the trailer and sharing stories about BBQ, and best of all, Chris and I get to do what we love to do.
I still remember in April at our local event - Rock'n Ribs - where we also do public sampling. A young man, probably 10 years old, came to the booth... grabbed his sample cup of pulled pork... savored the taste as he was chewing it... then proclaimed "Holy crap that is good BBQ". At that point, I could have cared less about how we placed or if we would get a "call" at the awards. That response is why we partake in this wonderful hobby/profession called BBQ and I can attest that after being on the road at all of the different events and competitions that my brothers and sisters in BBQ feel the same way.
You can now check out how we did on the kcbs.us website (hint: we were in the Top 10 overall!!!!). Our team name at the event was "Here Piggy Piggy." Normally we compete as Two Sows and a Boar, but since is it only a Sow and a Boar and our little piggies (kids), we thought a name change would be in order.
Next week we will be in Canton, Georgia at the Cherokee Pignic and then off to Lynchburg and the Jack Daniels Invitational where we get to play for the last time this year.
Mike & Chris