Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo BBQ

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Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo BBQ

Postby Scott P » Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:35 pm

I do one cookoff a year and this is it. This is my third year cooking and we seem to do a bit better each year. It was crazy hot this year and I think the temps hit 107 degrees at my cooking station. We managed to get fourth in chicken and seventh in ribs. There were 100 teams cooking this year. I even got to carry my nine month old boy up to get my awards. I think they called him the real cook. His twin sister was being a grouch, so my wife had here just outside the door and missed our walks.

I took a few pictures before the turn-ins.

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This was the best brisket I've coked here. But it's only my third year competing and I had no false hopes of a Yankee like me ever getting a call in Brisket.

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My seventh place ribs. I thought they cam out a bit dark. They tasted great though and were about as good as I've ever made. They were three hours at 275 in the big WSM, a couple hours in foil in the cooler, an hour back on the smoker and a glazing.

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My fourth place chicken. I was so not happy with how this looked. I loved the taste, but I thought it just didn't look like a winner. I guess the judges go a lot more on taster than looks. I wonder if I would have scored higher without the black drumstick.

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The open category experiment I did not turn in. These are Crawfish Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos. They were great, but did not think they would cut well with a plastic fork and knife. I plan on experimenting and perfecting these in time for next year.

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My actual open entry, Bacon Wrapped Burnt Ends. They came out great, but did not make the final table.

If I wasn't a stay at home father of twins, I think I'd actually try to enter a few more contests.
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Re: Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo

Postby limey » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:27 pm

Congsrats on the walks, good looking trays. :salut:
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Re: Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo

Postby cowboydon » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:36 pm

Congratulations, real nice looking turn in trays !!
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Re: Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo

Postby Big Ed » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:46 pm

Big congrats on your calls!! One thing you might try on the brisket is soak it in the drippings real good and it will keep it moist longer.
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Re: Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo

Postby All_Grilla_No_Filla » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:24 pm

Great job! Above all, I hope you had some great fun and were proud of your entries! You should be, they looked great. A couple of small tweaks, as previously mentioned, and you'll score even higher next time!
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Re: Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo

Postby B&K Smokers » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:13 am

good job man. We managed a 4th place rib. Thought my chicken was great but no call. Brisket was good but didnt have that pop this weekend. good weekend overall but man it sure was HOT
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Re: Good day at the Eastern Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo

Postby Scott P » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:35 am

Congratulations on the rib call. I don't know if I got lucky with my ribs or stumbled upon a good method to cook them with my seventh place call.

It was terribly hot this year for sure. The bonus was that we had no love bugs like the previous two years. I did have a few ant bites though. I swear next year I'm powdering/spraying my cook area down before bringing in the camper and setting up. We were in the grass by the road in spot four. I can't imagine how hot it got on the pavement.
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