Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main 2012 – Waxhaw, NC

Last year, I got to be a judge for Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main in Waxhaw, NC.  Last year was the first year that the event was sanctioned by KCBS, and it was a very well run event from the judge’s perspective.  I got to participate in the event this year (October 12-13), but now on the other side of the coin.

One of the members of the Tucker Cooker team at Memphis in May for 2012 was Jim Loggins of Crow Creek BBQ in Pickens, SC.  Quite honestly, it was very nice having a team mate that lived relatively close to me (2 1/2 to 3 hours vs 8-9 hours).  During Memphis in May, I mentioned to Jim that I’d love to help out with a contest.  Lo and behold, when I found out Jim would be at the Waxhaw contest, it was the perfect opportunity!

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(Picture courtesy of Jim Black)

I had to arrive to the contest site late in the afternoon due to work obligations, so I did not get to help Jim out with setup.  However, I was fortunate in that I got to help out with all other aspects of the contest (from trimming pork butts and chicken to building the turn-in boxes to breakdown of the site).  In fact, Jim gave me full reign over the People’s Choice meats (4 pork butts).  My goal during this was to alleviate some of the responsibility from Jim while taking in a few pointers.  Did I feel like I accomplished my goal?  Absolutely! 

We had a very good site location with a corner lot, so we were able to draw traffic from two different directions – perfect for the People’s Choice tasting on Saturday.  For this contest, turn-in times were moved up by 30 minutes to accompany the People’s Choice tasting.  As a result, our schedule had to be adjusted a bit.  But it was no big deal at all.  Things went very smooth on Saturday morning.  We did make one audible in that we changed the sauce that we used on the chicken and rib entries.  Unfortunately I did not get a picture of our rib box, but our other entries are below.

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After turn-ins, it was time for People’s Choice.  The turn-out was, to put it simply, incredible!  We went through our four allotted pork butts plus our leftover competition meats in under an hour!

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(Picture courtesy of Jim Black)

At the end of the day, we were pleased with the result!  We received two calls – 4th place in chicken and 5th in ribs.  Our pork entry didn’t do so well, and the brisket was middle of the pack.  After it was all said and done, Crow Creek BBQ finished 13th out of 26 teams.  The feeling of hearing your team name called: priceless!

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This adventure would not have been possible without Jim Loggins of Crow Creek BBQ, and to him I offer my sincerest thanks!  To any other judges who may be looking for a team to cook with for your Master CBJ certification, definitely contact Jim!!