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Saturday, May 31, 2008

WSM Smoke Day IV

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This past weekend was WSM Smoke Day IV and so in the spirit of the event I smoked 4 pork butts on one of my WSMs running with a BBQ Guru DigiQ II.

Rubbed Pork Butts at the start of a 16 hour smoke.

Here are the pork butts at the start of the 16 hour smoke. I had bbq sandwiches that night and then for memorial day I used the pork for pork tacos which all my guests seemed to enjoy.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Defending a Trophy

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I am not nervous but I am a little anxious. Almost a year ago, I returned from the Hudson Valley Ribfest with a first place trophy in ribs. It was only my second competition and I didn't even realize how monumental of an achievement that was, because I did not understand how good the other teams we place ahead of were. We beat out Purple Turtle, Hill Country, Dirty Dick's, Daisy May's, and I Smell Smoke just to name a few. I didn't understand. Now I do. How much nicer it was to be ignorant.

I am realistic. This year there are at least 54 teams. That means to get in the top ten, it will be quite an achievement. (Let alone winning anything.) With that many teams, there is no way the judging is going to be totally consistent. What that means is that you need to just do your best, and hope your table of judges likes to score higher than everyone else's table.

We will be cooking whole pork shoulder this time for competition that is being supplied by a local and humane heritage pork producer Flying Pig Farms. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

So can we repeat? Beat out all those other teams that have already competed 7 or 8 times since then? Will we be sunk by the Anchormen or my fellow blogger of BBQ WhiteTrashBBQ? Will Dirty Dick's kick our butts sans Legs or will Lunchmeat surface like a submarine and torpedo everyone?

I just hope we can make our turn-in times and the we cook the best that we can possibly cook. Let the dice roll. Bring on the carnival!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thrity Days of Pork

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In 2006, this woman left her veggie lifestyle behind for Thirty Days of Pork.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Party With Pig

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In Puerto Rico, the pig on a spit remains the center of the celebration feast. Here is a great article on Puerto Rican BBQ.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

First Place Ribs - Hudson Valley Ribfest!

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My team - the Better BBQ Bureau - won first place ribs at the KCBS sanctioned Hudson Valley Ribfest. It is still quite thrilling. This is the only the second competition we have ever entered and we got a first place call!

And what is really cool the day before we got another first place call for the NEBS sanctioned grilling contest in Pork Chops. We also placed 6th in fish and 4th overall for Saturday's event. The pork chops were awesome and though I thought of using french-ed pork chops, the credit belongs to team member Jason Parisi and his kick ass mouthwatering recipe that he perfected on his stoop in Brooklyn. Woo Hoo.

The Better BBQ Bureau is Jason Parisi, T. Adam Woods, Josh Ginsburg, and me, the team captain, Bryan Rice (a.k.a. Rev. Smoke in the Burning Man world).

We also had a lot of support from our friends especially Lisa, Rachel, and Abby. It was quite a fun weekend. Michael Fick and the rest of the Rotary Club in New Paltz really did an outstanding job.

Now I am off to Burning Man where I will be smoking 50 Butts, 50 Briskets, 70 racks of ribs, and about 1000 lbs of chicken.

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