2015 Cookshack KCBS Judging & Competition Cooking Classes

December 4th we participated in a KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) judging class. It was a very informative class. It bought a whole new prospective to what the judges are looking for when judging the turn in boxes. We learned what shouldn’t and what can be in the box.

Judging class.
Judging class.

Also on December 4th I participated in a competition cooking class taught by David Bouska of Butcher BBQ and Ed “Fast Eddy” Maurin. These two guys are world champion cooks and are full of knowledge. The class covered selecting cuts of meat to trimming, injections andrubs as well as building an official KCBS turn in box. I learned a lot of new techniques to use when we compete. If you’re looking for a cooking class I highly recommend this one.

Left to Right: Ed “Fast Eddy” Maurin, myself, David Bouska)
Left to Right: Ed “Fast Eddy” Maurin, myself, David Bouska

Both classes were held in Ponca City and hosted by Cookshack. We had a great time and can’t wait to use what we learned on the BBQ trail.

2015 Harper County Bullseye BBQ

Today our 2015 BBQ competition season has came to an end. We cooked the Harper County Bullseye BBQ contest in Harper, Kansas. This is our second year cooking this one. We really had a great time catching up with our friends from Lucky D’s BBQ and Smell What’s Cookin. We only get to see these guys once a year, but next year we hope to see them more. The weather other than the wind was perfect. A lot of talent at this contest. A total of 34 teams. Overall we finished 16th. We got 12th in chicken with a career best score of 170.2972, 16th in ribs, and 15th in brisket. Congratulations to Porky Butts BBQ on their Grand Champion win, Smoke N Hogs for their Reserve Grand Champion win, and everyone who heard their name today. We want to thank Kimberly for doing another great job this year. Thanks to Larry and Linda for being the great KCBS reps that you are. Thanks to our sponsors: Bank of Commerce, Manila Liquor, and Countryside Motors. Also thanks to Kosmo’s Q Injections and Rubs for the great products we use. Now it’s practice time to get ready for next year. We will doing some new and exciting things this winter.

2015 Wellington Fall Festival

Yesterday we competed in the Wellington Fall Festat Seller’s Park. The weather was very nice and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce did an excellent job of putting this event on. We were very pleased with our turn ins. There was a pretty good crowd for the people’s choice. We would like to thank everyone who came out and voted for us during the people’s choice and gave us awesome feedback on our food. We met a lot of new people.  We really had a great time. As for the results they only call out the top three in each catagory. We recieved 1st in ribs and 2nd in brisket. We won people’s choice as well as Grand Champion. Congratulations to everyone who heard the names called. Next week we go to Harper for the Harper County Bullseye BBQ contest. Thanks to the  Bank of Commerce, Countryside Motors, and Manila Liquor for their support. Thanks to Kosmo’s Q Injections and Rubs for the great products we use. A special to Mark and Michelle, Kyle, Amy, and Linda for helping serve the food during the people’s choice.FB_IMG_1444512137553

2015 Cherokee Strip Cookoff

We cooked at the Cherokee Strip Cookoff this weekend at Ponca City, Oklahoma. We finished 26th out of 32 teams. The rain Friday night was nice. Thank goodness we didn’t get the nasty stuff that was being talked about and you couldn’t ask for better weather Saturday. I love cooking this contest because it helps raise money for Hopise care. This is our third year of cooking this contest. We would to say thanks to the Smokin Amingos for the awesome breakfast burritos. Congratulations to Butcher BBQ for a Grand Champion win and to Dr. Nordy’s BBQ for winning Reserve Grand Champion. It was great to see our friends this weekend. We would like to thank Countryside Motors in Wellington their support. Also we would like to thank Kosmo’s Q for the great products we use. And a BIG thank you to Three Hog Night Smokers for the most awesome deserts Friday night. It was a competition between two teammates. They were both first in my book. Congratulations to everyone who walked. Hope to see some of you again soon.

2015 Derby BBB Festival

Well we had to take some time to reflect on the cook we had at the Derby BBQ Festival September 11th and 12th. We thought we had probably the best cook ever, but the judges didn’t think so. So before you start asking what happened, all I can say is I don’t know.  We did have a great time. We got to hang out with some old friends an met some new ones. Overall we finished 20th out of 26 teams. We finished 11th in pork, but where only .02 of a point from a 10th place finish in pork. We’ll take what we got and head to Ponca City next weekend. Congratulations to Out of Bounds BBQ on their Grand Champion win and Smoke N Hogs BBQ on their Reserve Grand Champion.

Thanks to Countryside Motors for their support.

New Sponsorship

We got some exciting news to share. We have four more competitions this year and are proud to announce that we are now sponsored by Countyside Motors of Wellington. Thanks so much Richard for the support. If your in the market for a new or used vehicle, check them out.


Grab, Root, & Growl BBQ Competition

FB_IMG_1431639081852August 7th and 8th we competed at the Grab, Root, & Growl BBQ competition in Woodward, Oklahoma. It was a hot one. Friday at 11:30 am it was 104 in the shade. We had a great time as we got to see some friends and even made some new ones. We had a lot of supporters show wearing their Travelin’ Smoke BBQ t-shirts.

As far as the competition goes we didn’t do as well as we wanted to. Out of 26 teams we placed 20th overall.  Pork was our strongest with a 16th finish. We’ll take and go to the Derby BBQ Festival in a couple of weeks and hopefully do better.0807151141   FB_IMG_1439069816353

New Addition

We finally did it, we finally upgraded the truck. We bought a 2010 Dodge Ram Mega cab. This truck has everything we need and then some. We would like to thank Countryside Motors in Wellington for the great service. Check them out for your next vehicle purchase at www.countrysidemotors.net or go to the showroom. They have lots of stuff from new and used vehicles to Hustler mowers to Polaris all terrain vehicles.FB_IMG_1438523440712 FB_IMG_1438523446180

Oxford Roundup

This past weekend we competed at The Oxford Roundup in Oxford, Kansas. At this event they had a couple of blues bands that sounded pretty good. Despite the heat and humidity we still had a great time. We were able to get three calls this year. 1st place pork, 2nd place chicken, and 2nd place brisket. No rib call, but they only call on the top three. There were a total of eleven teams.

Some of the other stuff they had going on was a volleyball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, flea market, dunk tank, and a people’s choice with the BBQ contest.

Although it was 103 degrees in the shade, it was better than four inches of water outside our trailer door. We saw a lot of new faces, some old friends and made some new friends.