Best Of: Labor Day Edition

Here is some good reading for you for this Labor Day Weekend!

  • In case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, the draw has taken place for the Jack Daniels 23rd Annual World Championship Invitational BBQ.  BBQ Backyard has posted a list of the qualifiers.  Congrats to all who were selected!
  • I normally don’t post reviews to a review of a cleaner, but wait until you see what Cyndi Allison is cleaning
  • Check out this great interview from Grilling With Rich with Shane Draper, one of the up-and-coming superstars on the BBQ circuit.
  • If you’re not sure how to trim that big rack of spare ribs down to a St. Louis style cut, check out this video from Nibble Me This.
  • And finally, here is a first-person perspective from Kevin Sandridge of The BBQ Smoker Site on what it was like to judge a Sam’s Club regional.

Best Of: July 17-24

Geez, it’s been hot!  Hope you’re all staying cool.  Here are a few links to check out to keep you out of this ridiculously hot and steamy weather:

  • Robyn Medlin Lindars (affectionately known as GrillGrrrl) explains what the big deal is about the reverse sear with this recipe.
  • Paul Height of No Excuses BBQ cooks up some beautiful ribs, now that he has plenty of time to do so.
  • Two of my favorite people are tag teaming to run a contest.  Check out this blog post on how you can enter to win a really sweet Draper’s BBQ gift set courtesy of Kevin’s BBQ Joints.
  • And to toot my own horn, I survived my first pseudo-catering gig

Ribs for 30, Or How My First Pseudo-Catering Gig Went

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Today was THE day I had been anticipating for quite some time.  About a month ago, a co-worker and I volunteered to cook for the entire office (around 30 people).  The original plan was for us to just cook pork butt, but it ended up that I volunteered to cook ribs while my co-worker would take care of the pork butt.  So here’s how that went…

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Review: Draper’s BBQ Smokin’ Sauce and A.P. Rub

One of the new up-and-coming stars in the BBQ sauce and rub scene is Shane Draper of Draper’s BBQ.  He has embraced social media as a primary platform for marketing his sauce and rub, and it has been a resounding success!  After reading several reviews of his products (including reviews done by Kevin Kelly of Kevin’s BBQ Joints and Wilfred Reinke a.k.a. the Oshawa Ogre), I knew this was a product I had to try.  Shane was gracious enough to send me a bottle of his Smokin’ Sauce and A.P. Rub to review.

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Confessions of a First-Time KCBS Judge

As a lot of you probably already know, I like barbecue a little bit.  If you didn’t know that… well now you know.  In October of last year, I finally broke down and joined the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).  Soon after joining, I learn that there would be a judging class in November of that same year not too far from where I live.  I took the class and joined that elite society known as KCBS judges.

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