Raystown PA Inaugural BBQ @ the Beach Grilling and KCBS Event

There is nothing like deciding to go on a bit of a road trip for a contest. We decided to make a bit of a hike to Pennsylvania this past weekend with our children to attend the Inaugural competition put on by our friend Brian Nevel from Huntingdon County Custom and his partner Ed Stoddard.

They did a good job informing teams coming in of what to expect and the location was top notch. We had a great time competing in both the grilling and the KCBS contest.

You know its always so wonderful to get the opportunity to travel and see the small towns on the way to a comp. There are so many beautiful communities with interesting quirks I would love to stop at. There just never seems to be enough time. The fall foliage was breathtaking as we approached our destination. Just beautiful. My blackberry pictures don’t do it justice.


Lucky for us we had our good friends from Swamp Pit BBQ right next to us. Our kids love hanging out together and so do we!!

I also have to point out that I finally got to meet a very special little man. He is so snuggly and cute and adorable.  Cooper belongs to Kristal and Josh Shade from Tiny’s BBQ and well I was just really excited to cuddle him a bit :-)

For the grilling contest I have to give some props to our good friends Dan Hixon and Chris Hall from 3 Eyz BBQ. Since they were not competing in the grilling part they ended up being our taste testers for the trials we did ahead of the competition.   I was happy with our burger, pizza and chefs choice entires. I like having the ability to be creative. We ended up with a 1st in pizza and Reserve Grand Champion.

Here is a short video I took on the BB of the competition.

It was a lot of fun and it was great to see the other teams. I loved seeing the custom made firepits. I really enjoy sitting around the fire at a competition. I also seriously enjoyed a wicked good prime rib courtesy of the Grand Poobah himself Phil. It was awesome.   The morning shot was courtesy of MABA & Aporkaclypse now. The shot glasses were a really nice souvenir from the event.

We had a great time and I would recommend this event highly. The awards were terrific. Medals from the BBQ-brethren and custom awards from Brian Nevel.

Congratulations to PA Midnight Smokers who received two 180′s for the weekend. One in dessert and one in brisket.

Congrats to Chix, Swine and Bovine on their GC and 3Eyz BBQ on their Reserve GC for the KCBS competition. we came in 4th overall just missing a 180 in pork by less than 1/2 a point.

The reserve GC and the Grand Champion teams got to participate in a new tradition at Raystown Lake they both took a dip in the water and we all posed for a group picture:

It was great to be among friends for the weekend but its always nice to come home …..

8 Responses to “Raystown PA Inaugural BBQ @ the Beach Grilling and KCBS Event”

  • Thanks for the inside look at a comp, I love those awards, very original and would be a great addition to any trophy case.
    Enjoyed the walk around video you took, please do more of those in the future.
    Congrats on your results there.

  • Great seeing ya and the family, a real good time!

    BTW the water wasn’t that cold

  • Frederic Leduc:

    Same for me. I really enjoyed the video and to read about competitions. Thanks

  • Nathan Bragaw:

    We had a blast being next to you at the event. Congrats again on the pork, and for all of the tips that you offered along the way. Glad to see you got home ok. Good luck with the future competitions!!!

    Go G. Rickey & Co.!!!!!

  • Nathan, It was our pleasure to be next to you. You guys were all so much fun. Anytime you want to give up that basting recipe for the chicken please let me know It was delicious!! Congrats on all your success and to seeing all of you on the BBQ trail!

  • Thanks for the pics and video… It looked like a great event and one that I will not miss next year!

    Congrats on your 4th place finish!

  • Thanks for the great write-up, the neat pictures, and the awesome video! I can’t figure out how to get to the actual video link from my iPod to share it on facebook but I posted your page! Very sweet! Keep up the great Qing! I am so thrilled you were able to make the trip and will look forward to having you back. Proud to call you my friends! Give vlado a big man hug from me and he can hug you back from me as well.
    -B.

  • Thanks for the great write-up, the neat pictures, and the awesome video! I can’t figure out how to get to the actual video link from my iPod to share it on facebook but I posted your page! Very sweet! Keep up the great Qing! I am so thrilled you were able to make the trip and will look forward to having you back. Proud to call you my friends! Give vlado a big man hug from me and he can hug you back from me as well.

    -B.

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