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Keystone Classic BBQ Competition Harrisburg PA

 

We went to this contest as a family. It was a super nice change from the Royal. I love being with my family at BBQ contests. The route to and from PA was spectacular with all of the fall foliage.

Vlad the happy driver!

The contest was a KCBS & MABA event. KCBS categories Chicken Ribs Pork and Brisket and MABA categories Weavers Bologna, Bell Evans Chicken Wings Bell Evans Leg and thighs plus dessert.

I got the shock of my life when we received our products to use in the auxiliary categories.  The Lebanon bologna was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It is much closer to a sweet summer sausage. I had no idea what to do with it. My plans went out the window as soon as I saw it. I had never entered a bologna contest ever. Both the bologna and the wings were submitted on Friday night so it was a busy evening.

 So I cubed it up and slathered it with Sam Dog BBQ Mustard Sauce and a few other ingredients. Placed it in one of the Traegers and let it smoke for 4 hours until all the sides were caramelized. Lets just say it wasn’t pretty, but it was super tasty. We put it in our individual containers added a shot of Forty Creek whiskey as a chaser and sent it off to the judges.

We also competed in the wing category.  I love categories with open plating and we had a lot of fun with this one. We decided to give the judges some of our Yeungling beer as a side to the wings. I mean really who doesn’t love wings and beer?? I wish we could have tried one of teh wings but we had so few to work with (Meat was supplied) that we just had enough to barely fill the plate.

The rest of our Friday night was spent socializing. There are a lot of teams we got to catch up with including one of my Sisters in Smoke Jenny from Black Cat BBQ.

I believe there may have been some tequila involved. Really really good tequila from the fine folks Chip & Sally at Red Lion Spicy Foods one of our neighbors.

After a few libations I headed off to bed for a couple of hours. It was a lovely albeit cold evening.  Perfect for me.

When I woke up one of my other neighbors was up and stoking the fire in his Jambo. Mike Richter is an uber BBQ competitor. Currently ranked #3 in the KCBS TOY. He is super kind and nice to chat with I am glad to call him a friend.  I don’t get to see him or Barb often enough.

Then as the sun rose I took a bit of a walk about. Got to visit with the Smokin Gnomes, Tim, Tiny’s BBQ, and a whole lotta other terrific people.

The time got away from me a bit and I put on my Bell Evans best legs contest meat a bit late. Grill Grates came to the rescue and we turned in grilled chicken. It was tasty chicken. Much different from our normal KCBS chicken.

I can blame the time getting away from me on one thing. Donuts. Seriously damn good donuts. The biggest box of donuts ever that was provided to the teams along with coffee too!  Like a moth to a flame I was entranced….

The rest of the entries including dessert last went off without a hitch. They went in the boxes fine but the brisket was dry and I tried a couple of new presentations that I was thinking of doing for the Jack next weekend.  I figured if the brisket came in above DAL well then the judges were going to be very generous.

The awards ceremony time came and we headed off.

To my absolute shock we got a 1st place in bologna. LOL still makes me giggle.

We also took a 3rd in dessert 4th in wings and a 4th in Pork. The judges were uber generous and gave us 39/47 in brisket. They didn’t like our ribs 23/47 or our chicken 24/47 overall coming in at 21/47. Ugh. The Bell Evans BEst legs I am not sure where we ended up as they only reported to 5th place.

Huge congratulations to Aporkalypse Now (aka Myron of the North) for their GC and to Lo & Slo BBQ on their RGC and to all who competed!

So that’s it for regular comps for the year for us and we are now packing for the Jack next weekend. Hopefully we come home with at least 1 of these again :-) that would be spectacular !

I just need to get through catering a wedding and a baby shower this weekend plus a couple of soccer matches with the kids- a presentation at school and then driving there for 18 hours. I’ll sleep when I am dead. God bless the staff at Starbucks. They are keeping me upright with all the caffeine I am consuming.

We DID it!!! Canada sweeps the US vs Canada 4th of July Celebration Ambassador’s Residence Ottawa

I know this came as a huge shock but we did it. We being Tim Brown of Can’t Stop Grilling, Steph Legari, Team Eatapedia and my own team Diva Q !!

Check out what Ron Eade Food Editor Ottawa Citizen had to say about the event on his blog. 

 

 

 

The Canadian teams swept the BBQ competition at the US Ambassador’s Residence 4th of July Celebration in Ottawa Ontario. Team Eatapedia and their Chicken recipe took 1st, Steph Legari took first with his rib recipe and Team Diva Q took 1st with our Pork Butt recipe. To say it was a thrill is an understatement.

We were required to submit all three categories and enough samples for 15 judges all within a 10 minute window. It was challenge for sure and I was glad just to get through it.

The team rankings were as follows after the tabulations from the acclaimed accounting firm Ernst & Young :

  1. Can’t Stop Grilling
  2. Diva Q
  3. Natural Born Grillers
  4. Military Chefs
  5. 1st Choice Catering
  6. Steph Legari/Team Eatapedia
It was such an honor to be asked to go and prepare #BBQ with Natural Born Grillers (John Wheeler) with assistance from Dennis and Allen Smith of Boars Night Out and their teams. I have now also met the hardest working woman in BBQ Mama NBG   – she could run circles around just about anyone. They did an outstanding job with their old Hickory pits and produced copious amounts of ribs chicken and pork.  Everyone worked under their advisement and made sure to have everything ready for the 4000+ dignitaries that attended this event. Hard work for sure.
*Pictures courtesy of Mike Hynes Team Eatapedia
We also got to spend some time with US Ambassador Jacobson and his lovely wife Julie.  Posing for pictures beside my Traeger Pink Pig Grill and also in front of their residence.
Picture courtesy of Jason Rees BBQBlog.ca

Plus on top of it all early on the morning of the 4th I did a short TV segment with John Woods the coordinator of the event for Canada AM. I am thankfrul the other teams were there to help set everything up. We even made sure to have a balance in BBQ’s – the Blue Ole Hickory Mailbox that NPG has won with so many times and the Pink Traeger Pig

 

On any given day the results could have been vastly different – However the real secret I do believe in the Canada over the USA win was the fact that we shared one of our favorite libations the Canadian Award winning whiskey Forty Creek. You need to spread the love & share with your fellow BBQ’er always with no egos, just making good BBQ and having a ton of fun-

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