Category Archives: Contests

Five for Friday: Five Reasons to Buy “Grill to Perfection”

Today’s Five for Friday is a mini book review that should be on the shelves of grilling and outdoor cooking enthusiasts everywhere.  I’ll outline five reasons why you should go out and purchase Grill to Perfection, and I’ll tell you how you can win your own copy! Continue reading

My First MBN Contest – What I Learned

As most of you know, I am a KCBS certified judge (and almost 2/3 of the way to my Master CBJ certification).  KCBS events are fairly easy to find here in the Mid-Atlantic region.  However, Memphis Barbecue Network (or MBN) contests are a little bit harder to locate here.  So when I saw that the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship (formerly known as the Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues Festival and as the Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival) was looking for both KCBS and MBN judges, I decided to apply.  And lo and behold, I got picked!

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My American Royal 2013

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I’m in Hot Water Now, or My Attempts at Cooking Sous Vide and Grilling Together

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a sous vide BBQ Blogger challenge.  The objective was to come up with a recipe where the main component started out in a sous vide machine and finished on the grill/smoker.  Sure, why not?  So a few days later, I received this beauty in the mail from SousVide Supreme!  A huge thank you goes out to the folks at SousVide Supreme for asking me to be in this contest!

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Random Thoughts from Memphis in May 2013

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KCBS Competition Season in the Carolinas

The KCBS competition season in the Carolinas officially kicked off on April 20th in Kings Mountain, NC with the Kings Mountain Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off.  Nestled on the grounds of the walking track at the Kings Mountain Fire Museum approximately 35 minutes west of Charlotte, this event regularly draws some of the best teams in the region.  This year was no exception, as 2012 reigning KCBS Team of the Year 3 Eyz BBQ made the trip down from Maryland to compete for a portion of the $10,400 prize money along with 54 additional teams, including regional juggernauts such as Two Old Men and a Grill and Checkered Pig.

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Cooking in the SCBA

One of the highlights of my Memphis in May trip was meeting fellow blogger Robyn Medlin Lindars and her dad.  While there, Eddie and I talked about cooking together later in the year.  In November, I finally had the chance to cook with Eddie as a member of North-South Smokers in Conway, SC at the 2012 St. Nicholas Winterfest.

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NBBQA 2013 Awards of Excellent – Enter Now!

Hello everyone!  I just received the email below from the National Barbecue Association calling for entries for the 2013 Awards of Excellence.  If you have a BBQ product (rub, sauce, marinade, gadget, tool, book… anything), this is a great competition to enter with potential nationwide exposure!

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Believe in BBQ Santa

Hope everyone has had a great weekend!  Today I wanted to write a quick post about one of my favorite giveaways that happens this time of year.  This is the time of year where BBQ boys and girls need to be extra good, because BBQ Santa is coming to town!

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Jesse Black’s “My American Royal”

Last weekend one of the most prestigious sets of BBQ competitions took place – the American Royal Invitational and Open contests.  Going to this contest has been on my BBQ bucket list ever since getting into the world of BBQ.  Until I get to do so, I’ll just have to live vicariously through others.  Big Al of Canadian Bakin’ BBQ Team wrote about his experiences competing at the contest last week.  Today I’m absolutely thrilled to present a new perspective about the American Royal experience.  Let’s check out “My American Royal” by Jesse Black of Thermoworks.

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