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Sevierville In Our Sights!

May 14, 2008
Sevierville, TN, is the next stop for the KCBS tour trailer at a festival and BBQ contest on May 16 and 17. For those of you unfamiliar with Sevierville, it is the northern gateway into the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg tourist areas east of Knoxville, TN.

But maybe we are moving too quick. Last we wrote, we were in California looking at a four-day drive home. The first two days of driving got us to Amarillo, TX, then the Weather Channel was showing nothing but severe weather for our Wednesday drive through Oklahoma and into Arkansas. Not liking the idea of the forecast 50+ mile per hour winds coming from the north against our eastbound trailer, and the tornado and hail warnings, we decided Amarillo would be a nice place to take an extra day and wait out the severe weather. Good decision. Oklahoma City had some severe damage while we were sitting back in Amarillo. The drive back to Tennessee on Thursday and Friday was uneventful.

So, five days at home to reintroduce ourselves to our cat, and we leave for the two and a half hour drive to Sevierville on Thursday morning. This is a contest we know well and enjoy. We have been judges in the Sevierville contest the past two years and will run into lots of friends, and teams we know there.

One of our best memories of the Sevierville contest was a category in 2007 requiring the use of some form of Bush beans. The Bush factory is located near Sevierville and they are a major sponsor of the contest. Two items that were submitted for judging come to mind. A Beanerita drink. Think virgin Strawberry Margarita with some beans in the mix as a thickener. Sure looked like a Strawberry margarita, with a nice strawberry garnish, and none of the judges at that table were sharing with anybody. Second item looked like a Pecan Pie, but made with beans and only a few pecans. We did get a sample of that, and it was great.

We will be doing grilling demos on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and will fit in three periods of sampling of our Chipotle hamburgers, chicken breast with Weber Grill Creations Kick ‘N Chicken seasoning, and some steak pieces with Weber’s Chicago Steak seasoning. If that makes any of you hungry, come see us in Sevierville.

The festival and contest site is right in the main downtown square and surrounding streets, so it really takes over the town center. For that reason, all of the festival and cookers, and our trailer, has to clear out late Saturday evening to give the town their streets back.

We will drive back home on Sunday, spend two days at home, then leave for the Rib America festival in St Louis where we, and the tour trailer, will spend the Memorial Day weekend.

Happy BBQing.

Linda and Ernie
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