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Last year was the first time I ever cooked a turkey on the smoker for Thanksgiving. In fact, last Thanksgiving was the first time I ever cooked a turkey, period! Some people like flying by the seat of their pants, but it really would have sucked had the turkey been ruined. Fast forward to the Thanksgiving season of 2013… and with a turkey in the freezer (in the 10-14 lb range, closer to 14), there was no excuse for not doing a test cook beforehand!
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!
With Independence Day well into our rear view mirrors, it’s time to look forward to the next major grilling holiday. Now I know what diehard grilling and outdoor cooking fanatics are thinking, “Grilling season runs from January 1st to December 31st.” I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. However, if you’re looking for an upcoming holiday as an excuse to have an all-out grilling extravaganza, Labor Day is not too far off. Or if you’re wanting a better reason, use a friend’s birthday, a relative’s birthday, or even my birthday as an excuse to get out and grill! (By the way, my birthday was this past Sunday – August 4th – so feel free to send gifts.)
Two years ago at the Sam’s Club local qualifier in Greensboro, I met Chris Prieto, pitmaster of PRIME Barbecue out of Wendell, NC. I’ve run into him a couple of times out on the competition circuit, and let me just say he knows his way around BBQ! If you are a fan of PRIME Barbecue on Facebook, then you will have noticed that there has been a BBQ tip a day for almost every day in the month of May. If you’re not a fan… then why not?!?!
Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a Certified BBQ Judge? Come join me tonight on the BBQ Central Show and find out!
Think you have what it takes to be a true master of the grill? Think you have all of the skills to master the flame? Think you have the chops to turn out perfect chops, burgers, and steaks? Well now is your chance to prove it. McCormick® has partnered with Food Network for a contest to find the Grill Mayor of 2012. Continue reading