Well we are just home from an amazing weekend away in Clarence New York it was a blast. We did well. Got another 1st in Pork!! 1st in Dessert! 2nd in Sidedish 5th brisket, 6th chicken for a 3rd overall out of 51 teams.
However the best part of it all was not our own results but getting to see our good friend Moe Cason from Ponderosa BBQ Des Moines Iowa, and a few other events. Moe is a big teddy bear of a guy and a real gentleman of BBQ.
The weekend was so much fun. We were blessed to be with many of our friends from all over. It was an excellent way to reconnect enjoy a few “pops” and to make some good BBQ. The weather however was brutally cold and horribly windy. We didn’t get the opportunity to put up our banners but we would like to thank Hovey’s Gourmet Meats, Traeger Canada and Basques Charcoal for all their support.
The highlight for our weekend came at the awards ceremony.
There is a team called Can’t stop Grillin‘. Led by pitmaster and professional Shigger (please note I say that in jest) Tim Brown. Tim and I constantly go back and forth comparing notes, teasing each other mercilessly and competing against each other a few times a year. He and the team of Mike and Mark work their butts off practicing and doing everything they can to improve. Not only that they raise a LOT of money for cancer research and just recently did a charity cook for almost 900 people to raise money for a local project.
I had tears in my eyes watching them get their first ever US Grand Championship. So happy for them. Canadian teams winning US Grand Championships have only been achieved 5 times in the history of competition BBQ. The first time was the Butt Shredders (BC) with pitmaster Ron Shewchuk , Dizzy Pig Canada with Pitmaster Mike Kerslake in 2006 the next two times were from Diva Q, and now finally Can’t Stop Grillin’ . It was just a matter of time they won!!
They are terrific people and I am absolutely sure this is just the first of many US Grand Championships they will win. It was truly awesome to see them win. I am so proud of them. They rock.
Can’ stop Grillin’ hardware for the weekend!!
1st Sidedish 2nd Chicken 2nd Ribs 3rd Pork 10th Dessert=
Grand Champions 2010 Oinktoberfest!!
The reserve for the weekend went to IQue BBQ. They also came away with the coveted Empire State Championship.. They have also just recently come back from doing a James Beard dinner. Chris Hart (Jack Daniels 2009 GC Winner) is a good guy who has helped me more times than he needed to. I am grateful for his advice his sarcastic humor and his friendship. I wish them the very best defending their title at the Jack this year.
You know as much as I like to win .. there are weekends when watching friends win is just a good if not better. It was an excellent weekend of great people good bbq and making awesome memories. We are now off to the American Royal BBQ in less than 24 hours. Its a bit insane at my house right now unpacking from one trip doing laundry packing spices rubs meats and stuff and hitting the road tomorrow night. Travelling with our 3 children for an 18 hour drive will be a challenge in itself. We will drive all night long for the longest leg and to keep from hearing are we there yet so many times????????