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BBQ Tour Stop #4: Louisville, KY

May 16, 2011

The week following Stagecoach this year was a little busier than normal as we headed to Louisville, Ky. for the Inaugural Run for the Ribs BBQ Competition on Kentucky Derby weekend. Not sure if it was the 1,900 plus mile drive or the time changes going from Pacific to Mountain to Central to Eastern time, but it seemed like we were going non-stop all week long.

We loaded onto the parking lot of the Hotel Louisville on Thursday morning and got all set up for the busy weekend. Little did we know that we would have front row seats for the Pegasus parade that rolled right down Broadway Street! It has been a long time since we have been to a parade and Louisville brought out the big floats, marching bands and inflatables to welcome people to Louisville and the derby. After the parade, we made it down to 4th Street Live for a wonderful dinner and got to see some of the downtown Louisville nightlife!

Kevin did a great job laying out the lot and did an even better job moving folks around when they brought bigger rigs than expected. He squeezed every last team into that lot and from walking around, everyone had a wonderful time!

Friday was an invitational only rib cook-off with a bit of Memphis style mixed in as the teams had to cook on a new Big Green Egg and then present to the judges. Moonswiners, Lotta Bull, Twyford Catering, Quau, Big Bob Gibson’s and Cancer Sucks Chicago cooked while Dr. BBQ emceed the contest. They were judged by Master Judges and after judging, Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson walked away with the $3,500 winner-take-all prize.

Saturday brought a chance of rain throughout the area and finally started to really come down about 1:30, so the teams only had to fight rain for their brisket turn-in. Speaking of turn-in, teams walked through the front door of the hotel and were greeted by two lovely Kentucky Belle’s all dolled up with their big derby hats and “Gone with the Wind” dresses. At the end of the day, Moonswiners rebounded from not winning the rib cook off to Grand Champion of the Inaugural Run for the Ribs BBQ Competition!

After awards and clean-up, we headed back to 4th street for dinner and were lucky enough to watch the Kentucky Derby on the local TV’s. It was very interesting to see the locals hoot, holler and root for their favorite pony to win, it reminded us of our son-in-law when he watches the Chiefs play.

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