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.
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.
August 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.
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.
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.
Our second competition of the season is in the books. We had a great time in Enid this weekend. We met some new friends. There was a lot of great teams at this one. Out of 75 teams we finished 38th overall. There were only 42 points separating us from first. In the meat categories we placed 34th in chicken, 48th in ribs, 37th in pork, 34th in brisket. We entered the desert category and finished 15th out of 21 teams.
We competed at the Firelake BBQ Cook off in Shawnee, Oklahoma this weekend. Man a lot of great competition teams. 52 teams total. We didn’t do as well as we would have liked to. We placed 49th chicken, 25th ribs, 45th pork, 45th brisket. We’ll just take it and get ready for Enid. We had a great time. The facilities there were top notch. Concrete rv pad, showers, clean indoor bathrooms, dinner, breakfast, made us feel special. Thanks Jason and your staff for putting on one heck of a contest. Thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for help and support.
Our BBQ season will start later this month. We are looking forward to competing, seeing some of our friends, and making some new ones. We feel we have made some changes during the off season that should benefit us well. Good luck to all our BBQ friends this season.