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BBQ Tour Stop #6: Kansas City, KS

May 26, 2010

After the rain in Memphis the week prior, Chris and I were hoping for nice weather in Kansas City at the Great American BBQ. At least the GAB is on asphalt, which is much cleaner – we are still finding mud from last year.

As we loaded onto the site, we noticed that we were close to the main entrance and the carnival so we dropped the trailer. We ended up near the Florida’s Skin and Bones vending trailer and Iowa’s Smokey D’s set up shop behind us.

While we normally watch the weather forecasts prior to heading to events, I was more worried about rain and forgot to watch the temperatures. On Thursday as we headed out, I stopped by Wal-Mart and found some clearance jeans and a long sleeve shirt because shorts and a t-shirt would not be keeping me warm. Friday and Saturday were beautiful although a bit windier than I remember the Kansas plains to be. As long as it was dry, I could live with about anything.

Since Chris and I grew up in Kansas, we left lots of friends behind when we moved to Missouri. Some of those friends are actually a rookie team. Four Aces BBQ.  This team is truly a family affair and includes one of our good friends that we knew in business and from Jaycees many years ago. It was great to see Rodney, his wife Karen and their “grown up” family at the event. They even took third place in the open pork category on Saturday, which is quite an accomplishment for just starting out in competition BBQ.

Another nice thing about setting up in Kansas City is getting to see some of our friends from the KCBS office. Kelly brought some friends out and Chris put them to work passing out samples and pouring drinks. Karen from the office stopped by along with Carolyn who was busy selling the new KCBS 25th Anniversary cookbook! Mike from the Flying Judges even brought by some of the leftover dessert entries!

Have you ever tried to help out and things just don’t quite go as planned? Well… at our retail stop, I went to pour some Master of Mixes Bloody Mary’s for folks and I shook the bottle to mix the ingredients up. Chris had just set the cap on the bottle and I wasn’t paying attention so Bloody Mary mix went all over the table and where I was standing. If this wasn’t bad enough, at our Friday demonstration, I shook my full Big Bucket of Margarita mix and ended up with a face-full because I didn’t check the vent on top. Chris had no sympathy for me dripping in Margarita mix up on the stage. It was nice and cool on a warm day and it tasted great so all was well.

Boondoggle BBQ was the big winner of the Invitational to go along with his American Royal win from last year. Our follicly-challenged friends from Big Wig BBQ won the Best Party along with the World Brisket Open. Jeff and the team from Big Creek won the prestigious Open competition against 190 worthy teams and our friends Mike and Beth from Quau won their second Kingsford Points Chase event putting them currently in the lead for the $25,000 award at the end of the season. There are still 13 events to go so it should be quite the Points Chase ending at the American Royal!

Mike (& Chris) Peters

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