Bruised egos, lots of fun and getting off the bitter bus- Little Rock Arkansas

Thats quite the title for the post.

Well we are home. Coming home after one hell of a weekend away in Little Rock Arkansas. It was an interesting ride for sure. We always enjoy traveling through the US. On the way down we stopped a few times but overall nothing to exciting.

* Tuffy’s new Jambo. Looked awesome even has some really sharp flames on the sides.

One of the best parts of this weekend was my Sister in Smoke Angie Quaale flew in to hang with us for the weekend. She is a terrific friend and I really appreciated her help on the weekend. It was the first time ever I have let anyone help trim my meats. She did a great job trimming out the chicken.

Everything was going really smoothly on the weekend cook.  The one challenge I faced was the ribs. I could not get the same ribs I had been working with for the last couple of years. One text to my friend Kelly and a couple of stops at various stores and I had 12 racks to choose from.  I was pleased with the way they turned out. Apparently that was not to be when it came to the scoring.

Got to visit with some great friends I don’t see nearly often enough. One of the highlights had to be finally meeting Harry Soo in person. He is an awesome guy. I would highly recommend if you ever get the chance go meet him. I saw him be gracious to hundreds of fans through out the weekend. Always smiling.

We also got to visit with a few folks from around the competition. With a competition this size it wasn’t nearly enough time to get to everyone thats just one of the downfalls.

We got through the night with no problem. My excellent fire master husband Vlado kept everything running really smoothly while I caught a few hours on my favorite army cot.

Butts and briskets came off and I was really enthusiastic for the briskets. They looked good. They smelled good. I could hope. The butts had excellent color. One of the best colors I have had in a long time. A beautiful deep mahogany.The chicken went on with no problems as did the ribs. Everything came off and we wished it well as it went to the judges.

We got everything cleaned up packed away and all we had to worry about was the awards. We heard so many of our friends names called and it was excellent. We didn’t get a call in Chicken, Ribs and pork. Was I ever bummed at that point. Considering those were in my opinion the best I did that weekend it was a sucky point for me personally. However when the brisket came around I got one hell of a shock a 30th call in brisket. That was awesome!!!

Overall Pellet Envy got the GC, Cool Smoke got the RGC and the Slabs.com got 3rd place. Congratulations to them all it was certainly a fun ride for the weekend!!!

For us we came in 75/230 places. We took a 45 in pork, 67 in Chicken 30th in brisket and a jaw dropping are you freaking kidding me a 193rd in ribs. I am trying to get off the bitter bus on the ribs score. Seriously. ACK.

Not sure what happened. Thats sums it up. I have looked at the video and the rib box and I really don’t think I could have done anything better. It is what it is. Oh well.

Overall it was a great experience!!! Now to catch up on some sleep.

** and here is a little blind bbq gossip item. What BBQ person had their ego bruised when they realized in their opinion they were not put in a prominent enough position within the RV park at Little Rock??  They pulled the ” Don’t you know who I am card??”  This person was told they could go home if they didn’t like it. LOL cracked me right up.

5 Responses to “Bruised egos, lots of fun and getting off the bitter bus- Little Rock Arkansas”

  • Way to go on the brisket! As for the ribs, that sucks. I’m sure they were excellent and you were robbed. You’ll get them next time.

    Glad to hear that the people were good and the experience was fun. I envy the whole process: road trip, good good, good friends!

  • Way to go on the brisket! But that sucks about the ribs – you were robbed. I’m sure they were excellent.

    I’m glad that you got to meet up with friends and collegues. Overall it sounds like a great time and experience. I envy the whole process: road trip, good food, good people.

  • Buzz Price:

    Congratulations DQ, sounds like a good time was had by all. I spent Saturday night at the computer refreshing the KCBS results page waiting for the results to come in. I was proud of you and enjoy living vicariously through you and Vlado and your posts here, Twitter and FB. Thanks to both of you for sharing with all of us.

  • I looked up the scores earlier this week and I was happy for you but understand your disappointment on the ribs.

    But here’s something to consider from my former career & educational background. In the safety field, there’s a concept called Heinrich’s Pyramid that basically says for every 1 serious accident, there are 30 minor accidents, 300 “close calls” and 3000 unsafe acts.

    You could apply the same to competitive Q. For every 1 winner, there are 30 folks just 1/100ths of a point away, 300 participants and 3,000 that thought about trying but didn’t have the guts (that last one would be me). So you are really 75th out of 3,000.

    You rock D. Great job.

  • Hey Diva! Glad to finally meet you in person. Feel like I know you as an old friend for years! Best of luck in your travels and don’t forget to turn in your audition tape for Season 2!

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