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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Get the fire started: I'll be Grillin' on the Bay!

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Well, the time has come to get back in the ring. My team - the Better BBQ Bureau - and I will be returning to the competition world on March 27th, 2010 in Brooklyn, NYC at Grilling on the Bay. I'm very excited and looking forward to bringing home some more trophies.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Reserve Champion, and 3 Other Trophies at Grillin' on the Bay

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Despite the temperature and a couple of other issues yesterday at Grillin' on the Bay (New York City's only Grilling competition), we won 4 trophies and a ribbon including Reserve Champion!

We were less than one point away from winning Grand Champion. Congrats to SmokeInDaEye BBQ team. Not only did he win Grand Champion, it was his birthday.

Here are the Grillin' On The Bay results.

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We hit the cycle with a 4th in fish, a 3rd in Chef's Choice (we did Jerk Ribeye), a 2nd in Pork (we did Ribs), and 1st in Chicken. This was by far our best chicken turn-in as far as scores go, including one 9-9-9 and one 9-8-9.

Woot! We were happy with the results, and super-psyched that Robert pulled of the competition despite many set backs. He did a really great job, and every time I see him at one of these comps I realize what a truly nice guy he is and what a big role he is playing in bringing BBQ to NYC. Thanks Robert and thanks St. Mark's for hosting us.

We are not doing anymore comps until October because of scheduling conflicts, so we are happy to let these trophies get us through the summer.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Grillin' on the Bay Still Has Some Space!

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Grillin' on the Bay, taking place this weekend June 7th, 2008, in Brooklyn, NY still has some slots left for teams to compete. They had to reschedule and change the venue for it this year so maybe people don't know they still can enter. Please email them right away and let them know you are interested and get your cooking application here.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Grillin' on the Bay RESCHEDULED

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Grillin' on the Bay has been rescheduled and restored to last year's format. They competition will be only a NEBS-sanctioned grilling comp and will NOT have a KCBS-sanctioned BBQ component.

I wanted to be NYC's first KCBS grand-champion, but I'll have to wait until next year. Hah.

If you can not cook that day, I'll bet they will be looking for judges, so get in touch with them.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Grillin' on the Bay Postponed

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Kind of old news, but I have been off the bbq forums for the last couple months so I just found out: Grillin' on the Bay has been postponed.

To me this is a HUGE bummer. I was planning on being NYC's first Grand Champion. Heh. Heh.

Seriously, maybe Robert and Matt should look for a spot here in Queens - the lot under the Triboro Bridge next to Astoria Park would work and so would Randall's Island. I will help if you give a shout out.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Grillin' On The Bay Pictures

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Jason, T. Adam and I got a chance to compete in Grillin' On the Bay and boy did we have fun. How did we do? Not great, but not bad. We got a call in Chef's choice for our lamb loin chops (another great recipe implemented by Jason). I normally grill them with a dijon mustard-based marinade at Burning Man (where I have cooked about 10 million of them), but Jason came up with a different style of marinade and dry rub that really did the meat justice.


As you can see in this post from Eating for Brooklyn, they were well liked, but the judges mistook them for beef as opposed to lamb.


Anyway, a ribbon is a ribbon. You go into these things thinking you are going to win, but every little tiny mistake adds up. Our fish looked AMAZING, but I forgot the planks I wanted to cook on and I didn't make proper adjustments. Oh well. I still had fun, but I want a full on overnight KCBS-style comp here in the city. Maybe in Corona Park or Randall's Island. Hmmm.


I want to thank Matt and Robert - it is hard to put these events together and they did a really great job. Logistics in this city can be a nightmare if you don't have oodles of cash to throw at the problem.


I also want to thank my teammates Jason Parisi and T. Adam Woods.


On to the pics.


Better BBQ Bureau Tent


This was our set up from afar.


Injecting Chicken


Injecting our chicken.


Chicken on the grill.


Chicken on the grill.


Fish on the grill.


Fish on the grill. Should not have had the foil and used the extra rack.


Fish Presentation for Judges.


Fish looked great. Probably the highest presentation scores we have ever had.


Jason and Bryan cooking with our Weber kettle grills.


Here you can see our Weber kettles in the foreground and Jason and I in the background.


Pork chop presentation for judges.


Our pork chops ala Jason are in the box and about to be taken to the judges.


Jason prepping lamb loin chops.


Jason is layering on the dry rub for the lamb loin chops.


Jason and Bryan checking lamb temperature.


We are checking the temp of the lamb loin chops so we don't over cook them.


Lamb Loin Chop presentation for the judges.


The lamb loin chops are ready to go to the judgeing table.


Jason taking a well deserved drink.


Jason taking a well deserved drink.


All the photos werer taken by T. Adam Woods who besides being our Quartermaster and Turn-In Chief is also a academically trained professional photographer. If you need any photography in the NYC area drop me an email and I will put you in touch with him.

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