Cooking Up Competition BBQ

UPDATES COMING SOON:
  It has been a crazy year so far as we've continued to compete (sometimes well, other times not so well) and gear up for our first ever visit to the American Royal Invitational, held in early October 2009.  In the meantime, be sure to check out our blog for ongoing updates throughout the season!


BBQ Grand Champion AwardsNew York State BBQ Grand Champions!!!
That's it.  SmokeInDaEye.com's last contest of 2008 and it was a good one!  We started the year with a grilling Grand Championship then grabbed our first ever KCBS sanctioned BBQ Grand Championship at the Battle of the BBQ Brethren in Sayville October 25-26,2008.  While the rain soaked our site Saturday night, it didn't dampen our spirits and we cooked through the night to beat out 42 other amazing teams.  Got some prize money, some trophies, a proclamation from the Governor, a new grill and a sh#t eating grin!!!!









Two Awards, Westport CTFirst Call in Brisket:  Blues, Views & BBQ
Westport, CT played host for the first time ever to the Blues, Views and BBQ festival, attracting thousands of visitors and 35 top teams from across the Northeast.  The weather was perfect, the contest was perfect and we came home not only with a fourth place call in chicken (after trying a band spankin' new recipe) but our first call ever in brisket -- 2nd Place.  And fifth overall, just behind our good friends R2BQ who took home their first Grand Championship.





1stTwo-peat at New Holland SummerFest
Well, we made it back from Amish country and it was a blast!  The competition was TOUGH, and turning 6 categories in 3 hours was tougher.  I was really happy with the way everything worked out and felt like the scores reflected it. 

We now have a two-peat victory in sausage and got a call in pork shoulder.  Overall we were 17th out of 72 teams, not bad against some of the best in the country!

More on New Holland SummerFest

<img src=image.gif alt=3rd Place Rib Win />Back from Monmouth County NJ
What a great first time contest!  35 teams, well organized and great weather.  Despite using the new trailer for the first time and doing the contest solo, I still managed my best overall finish to-date in a KCBS contest...4th overall and 3rd place call in ribs.  Top 10 in brisket and pulled pork, as well, and the lucky 13 in chicken!

 Images from the Contest


<img src=image.gif alt=Grand Champion, Brooklyn />Happy Birthday to Me
On June 7th, we returned to Grillin' On the Bay in Brooklyn, site of our first competition calls last year (3rd place fish, 5th place pork).  The contest fell on my birthday this year and what a day it was!  Top three finishes in all four categories (fish, pork, chicken breast and chef's choice) and overall Grand Champion. 

 


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