Friday, January 20, 2006

My New Competition Rig

When my friend, Taztamer, sent me this pic today I just knew I had to share it here. It got me to thinking about all the work I still have to do to get ready for my first KCBS BBQ competition. My buddy Kudzu and I will be cooking at the Mitchell Company BBQ Championship in Mobile, AL on March 10-11. With over $20,000 in prize money up for grabs, I call this my “Baptism by Fire”! After all, I did tell someone that this is what I wanted to do. Me and my big mouth.

I am so looking forward to going to Mobile and competing but all the prep and practice is destroying my nerves. Every one I know that has competed in the BBQ circuit tells me to just relax because having fun is the main thing. Well, I understand the wisdom in their advice. However, I am a competitor and am very hard on myself when I don’t perform as well as I think I should.

Forget about the fact that I have been battling some health issues this month and have not had the strength or craving to do any practice smoking. Then, there is the matter of making sure I have everything I need for the contest. I do not have to bring the meat but I will need my WSM and all the gadgets and support staff that goes along with her. I will need to remember to bring enough wood chunks, charcoal, chimney starters, rub, sauce, cutting boards, etc. Oh, yeah – I will be up all night so I need warm clothing and a sleeping bag and a cot.

I was just about to stress out when Kudzu sent me an email. His words of wisdom calmed my soul. He said, “There's a store down the road, there's a store down the road, there's a store down the road, if I forget to bring anything to the contest, there's a store down the road.” I’ll bring everything I can. I’ll probably forget some things but there is a store down the road. I’ll have fun. Lots of fun. Cook the best pork and brisket I can and just have fun.

So, if you’re traveling south on I-65 from Birmingham to Mobile on the morning of March 10th and see a black GMC pick-up loaded down like this picture, honk and wave at Ole Smokey. I’ll be headed to Mobile to HAVE FUN!!!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tag - I'm it? Why, you dirty.......

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. My buddy over at The Hampton Smoker tagged me the other day and now it is my turn to respond. However, before I could get this posted, The Survival Gourmet tagged me too. Let a brother get up already! So, before anyone else tags me - here is my responses.

Four jobs you’ve had in your life:
1. Police Officer
2. Telecommunicator with local Emergency Management Agency
3. Saw operator at an aluminum plant
4. Singer/musician

Four movies you would watch over and over: (This is hard)
1. Any John Wayne western - like the ones with Dean Martin best!
2. Support Your Local Sheriff/Gunfighter (James Garner)
3. O, Brother Where Art Thou (Shakespear rolls in his grave)
4. A Christmas Story (did this over Christmas holidays)

Four places you have lived:
1. Oxford, AL
2. Addison, MI (I did not know we were free to leave Alabama until I was 18)
3. Weaver, AL
4. Oxford, AL - again!

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Paula Deen
2. Nip Tuck
3. The Sheild
4. Fox News

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Gatlinburg, TN
2. Orlando, FL
3. Myrtle Beach, SC
4. Savannah, GA

Four websites you visit daily:
1. BBQ Forum
2. The Hampton Smoker

3. White Trash BBQ
4. National Weather Service (work related)

Four of your favorite foods:
(My answers match up the Hampton Smoker on this one)
1. BBQ
2. Pizza
3. Chinese
4. Hot Dog/Sausage/Hamburger/steak...ya know, grilled stuff

Four places you would rather be right now:
1. Anywhere BBQing
2. Anywhere with the family
3. Where did I put my 2006 KCBS contest list?
4. At one of the many great bbq joints in KC (or anywhere else for that matter).

Four bloggers you are tagging:
Since it took me so long to respond to this tag, all of the folks that I would have tagged have already been tagged except for one - Taztamer . Take it away Taz!

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

A Little This - A Little That...

Not much going on the last few days (bbq wise that is). I bought an 8 pound brisket last night and will throw it in the smoker Monday so look for a report on that next week. The Mobile competition is getting ever closer and I still need to nail down a few things on my brisket cooks.

I did not get a chance to bbq this week but I did want to share some of my most favorite reads from this past week. Since this will be the first year that I will compete in competitions, Joey Mac’s Competition Blog for Newbies is a must read. He is a relative newbie also but you cannot tell it from reading his columns.

My buddy, White Trash from New York, had a chance meeting with the one and only Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson’s recently. What was Chris doing in the Big Apple? You have to read the blog to know!

BBQ Junkie has made some wonderful New Year’s Resolutions that we all could live by. Might just have to do a few of those myself.

I also enjoy reading other food blogs that are not necessarily bbq related. I think after you check them out you will see why. Here they are listed in no particular order.

The Survival Gourmet
FoodPorn Watch (not what you think)
Mona’s Apple (NYC Dining Blog)

I let you check these great spots out while I get that brisket going. See you next week. Oh, in case you are wondering, the picture is one I took looking out over Lynchburg, Tn from BBQ Hill. Wouldn't you love to wake up to that view every morning?

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