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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????????
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.
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 …..
Ill be making a return visit to the BBQ Central Radio show to take part in their “after dark” segment tonight at 10pm EST. The show regularly airs on Wednesdays now ( please note day of the week change) at 9pm EST and is hosted by Greg Rempe.
Tonights guests are Craig “Meathead” Goldwyn and Bob Trudnak from the BBQ Guru in hour 1 then its the after dark segment.
Tune in to hear all about our experience on BBQ Pitmasters and we will talk about all things BBQ!
I want to take a moment to publicly thanks some really fine folks who really went out of their way to help us get all our gear to California to tape the episode of BBQ Pitmasters.
wood pellet grills we use everywhere! We used the Traegers to make some of the alligator, to bake the corn bread muffins, the alligator tacos, and also to do the ribs.
we love this all natural sugar maple lump ! While they didn’t show it we used Basques Charcoal to grill the alligator and also to make our beans. They were awesome!!
for their injections and rubs we love to use them. Trust your butcher. We do.
for their excellent cutting boards rubs and sauces we love to use them.
and some personal thanks……
Sylvie Curry thank you so much for letting us use your WSM! We appreciate it and getting to have dinner with you was just wonderful so glad we were able to.
Neil ” Big Mista” Strawder (who I do believe has some of the best BBQ in LA! ) for hooking us up with loads of stuff so we didn’t have to take it on the plane. Thank you for making us feel welcome in California. For those of you in California make sure to check out Big Mista’s BBQ !
To my team Angie Quaale and my beloved husband Vlado I could not have had any better a team than ours. I am proud of what we did. You are both the bomb. Heres to yet another BBQ adventure!!!
Coming in second bites royally. We went in to win it however I am still happy with the food we put out.
John Markus, Jon Sechrist, Jordan Mallari, Lindsay Freed, Michael Gretza, Original Media, & TLC thank you for continuing to promote BBQ on TV and for all your help. I appreciate it.
Thanks to all the fine folks who sent us twitter messages, facebook messages and a whole whack of emails during the show. Really cool to have so much support. Thank you thank you thank you!!
Till the next time you see me on tv…………
Remember life is too short for bad BBQ!!
I want to take a moment to post my thoughts on BBQ Pitmasters before our episode airs. I have read a lot of negative comments on various BBQ boards twitter and facebook. We knew there was a complete format change this year prior to going in. It was public knowledge so no secret about that. In fact I looked forward to the opportunity to BBQ something other than the typical 4 meats.
I really do believe a pitmaster should be able to handle more than just those 4 meats ribs chicken pork and brisket. I think a pitmaster should handle the various obstacles thrown at them. No where did it say this was a typical MIM, KCBS, PNWBA, FBA etc contest. Its just bbq on tv. So maybe call it BBQ and grilling entertainment>??? People need to lighten up a bit. Please note I also have no problem any more using the term BBQ to describe making hot dogs on a grill or even something like grilling asparagus. I used to cringe at it but over time I realized there were so many ppl using the term BBQ to describe something else that I figured it didn’t matter to me as long as people were getting together enjoying great food in the company of their loved ones and friends. For those of you that think this show was scripted let me tell you for sure 100% it wasn’t. However I will tell you it was the biggest challenge of my bbq career to date and the hardest competition I have ever endured. It took real stamina, knowledge and quick thinking on the parts of all of the teams that went and did this show. Win or lose every single team that appears should be commended for taking on this competition.
We were in California in 110F or higher temps for the entire time. We spent the vast majority of our times standing up racing around or generally plotting our next move. Yes there were times when we did some BS smack talking (and seriously it was hard to keep a straight face on it LOL) but overall when you are BBQing among friends it really is just a bunch of posturing and BS I love the guys we went up against.
What a fun time we all had Big Poppas Smokers, Big Mistas BBQ and the legendary Johnny Trigg. I absolutely 100% enjoyed myself with our team of my husband and my BBQ BFF Angie. I would do it again in a heartbeat. We had a lot of giggle times and a lot of stressful times but overall I am really happy with how it all went down.
Hope you watch the show. Just take it for what it is a whole lot of fun and entertainment.
BC was just a whole lot of fun and I was so glad to have the chance to go. I had an incredible experience just hanging out in Vancouver’s down town district. One of those times I was taken to a place that will stay in my top food favorites forever. Thomas Haas Chocolates. To die for. Angie introduced me to one of her indulgences the double baked croissant. Oh My Goodness. It is beyond good. If you ever have a chance go and get one. Flakey yummy super delicate crunchy not too sweet perfect mouthfuls of pastry and almondy goodness. So very indulgent. I will crave this forever.
Plus their chocolates are incredible little morsels of chocolate crafstmanship
My husband Vlad arrived in Vancouver (he had his own adventure of a cancelled plane and a 6 hour layover in Calgary) and we all had a good time getting ready for the competition.
After the multiples of trips around Vancouver etc to get supplies and stuff it was really time to head up the mountain to Whistler. Wow.
I got to go with Angie. I was so glad she drove since I don’t think I stopped taking pictures the entire drive up…. beyond beautiful majestic and captivating.
The competition was a lot of fun. Different to be at the base of a mountain. Never had so much luxury either. Our suite was gorgeous and HUGE.
Overall it was great to see everyone and a huge thrill to be there.
We came so close but we had to settle for a reserve Grand Championship. Pork Butt 2nd place Brisket 3rd place Chicken 8th place Ribs 11th place Congratulations were extended to Rob & Jacy from Prairie Smoke n Spice for their GC!!!!
Additionally the day before the comp we came in 10th out of 50 in burger and 3rd in King of the Grill with a 198 out of 200 pts out of 50.
We had a blast being on the mountain and I hope to go back next year. Thanks again to our hosts Angie and Dennis.
Well I am really behind in my blog posts but I thought I should share a few pictures and results from the Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler BC as well as my trip overall.
I flew out earlier this summer to spend some time with my BBQ BFF Angie Quaale teach at her incredible gourmet food store Well Seasoned and while I was there compete.
It was a culinary indulgent trip for sure. BC is where my Mom was born and I have not been since I was just a few months old. The first thing I said after getting off the plane was holy crap those mountains are huge.
*Please note this picture was taken by Ralph Maughan
You see no picture does them justice to get their magnitude and their impressive size and beauty. Gorgeous breathtaking and majestic don’t seem t do them any justice as an adequate description.
Also I have to state the people of BC are seriously laid back. They take their relaxation very seriously. Shortly after getting off the plane we headed to Granville Island. Now this was an incredible place to spend the day just hanging out eating some of their delicious local fare and well of course having a few cocktails.
Wandering around the streets of Vancouver afterwards with my hosts Dennis and Angie was a whole lot of fun. There is so much to look at and see taste and experience that it is a bit of sensory overload.
After spending the day being tourists we proceeded to the beach at English Bay for the evening to watch one of the most incredible fireworks displays at the Symphony of Fire from Team Spain. We had a very long extended and relaxing meal with a whole lot of cocktails.
Here is part one of some video from the event.
It was an incredible way to end my very first day in BC.
The next day was all about relaxing kicking back and just getting caught up.
To top it off we went to a comedy club contest. This was held in a not so savory part of the city and was an adventure in itself. Some of the comedy was so horrible it was funny. The highlight was a friend of Angies – Art Factora who was funny, truly funny and kept us laughing long after he came off stage. they also served PBR a favorite beer of mine.
I also held a couple of recreational BBQ classes while I was there. I taught a class on ribs and also a class on BBQ desserts. Well Seasoned has had chefs from across the world come and teach at the store everyone from top TV Chefs to local favorites. Their course calendar is packed to the hilt with culinary excellence and opportunities to learn.
On another day we headed out to lunch with Anthony Sedlak famed Chef and star of the MAIN on the Food Network. Funny guy who likes to stand on his head. A lot. He was great company to have lunch with and I am really looking forward to seeing his various projects come to fruition. We tried a new burger place Romer’s Burger Bar and by the descriptions on the menu I was really looking forward to my burger. Sadly the burgers lacked in taste texture and overall appearance but the company I had more than made up for the poor meal.
One of the all time best meals I actually had during my stay was in Angies and Dennis’ backyard. we had a truly divinly decadently delicious halibut that Angie crusted with Salt & Vinegar potato chips. It was incredible. Dennis had caught the halibut himself. Paired with some fresh veggies, salads and a couple of bottles of wine this was by far my favorite meal from the entire vacation.
We also did girly things like get pedicure and one other thing I never ever thought I would do … we got tattoos. Yup. Tattoos. You see I have been calling Angie and I and a few other ladies of BBQ sisters in Smoke. Angie one day called me a said in her ever so exuberant voice you know we should get tattoos when you come to BC….. and so we did. She got hers on her leg and I got mine on my wrist. I won’t kid you it hurt like heck at first but the pain went away and I am so happy I did it. There are a few other ladies now that have plans to get the same tattoo as well and thats going to be pretty awesome.
We had to prep and get supplies for the competition in Whistler so we ended up doing some shopping and of course did a little trip to Washington as well. One of the great things about BC is the availability of incredible produce and meats everywhere you go.
I have to go into more detail about one of the places at the Granville market.
Oh My goodness this place is an amazing culinary feast. We went back to Granville to stock up on munchies for Whistler. This is where I fell in love with an incredible charcuterie place called Oyama Sausage Company.
They make everything themselves. Pate’s, hams sausages terrines salamis cured smoked meats you name it they have it and its all delicious. I want to go back and try every single thing they make. Everything.