Posts Tagged ‘Ponderosa BBQ’
Yesterday was the cutoff date for submissions of videos for BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 !
The competition is really heating up for a spot on the hit show. Lots of great audition tapes posted to Youtube and Vimeo. Some are new faces and some are people you may have just seen before. Good Smoking Luck to all who applied!!
I must sincerely apologize for the delay in posting I have been busier than a bee. We have been travelling from BC to Buffalo competing!
In Langley BC I had the distinct pleasure of teaching once again at Well Seasoned. It was a terrific set of days we had a sold out classes for Ribs and received a lot of positive feedback from the classes.
Then we headed up to the gloriously beautiful Whistler BC to compete at the Canadian National BBQ Championships!! This is the most gorgeous location to have a BBQ competition. At the base of the mountains beautiful wisps of smoke plume upwards . It is a sight to behold for sure. Our site was once again shared with the teams from Well Seasoned with pitmaster Angie Quaale and David Gassaway, Praire Smoke & Spice with pitmaster Rob Reinhardt and Jaci Reinhardt. We all get along really well and there was a lot of sharing involved with cooking techniques and recipes.
Congratulations to Wine Country Q for their GC and to the Canadian Team Well Seasoned RGC and the ticket to the Jack !!!! We received 7th in burger and 6th in King of the Q, 1st place pork and the rest lets just forget about it till next year. Overall we came in 13th out of 43 teams. It was not our best results for sure. They really didn’t like our food other than our pork this year. Oh well. We still had a blast!
Angie and David. Wow were they ever surprised awesome to see!!
This new event combines great country music family friendly events, BBQ vending and of course a BBQ competition. Moe Cason from Ponderosa BBQ and I were asked to go on the local TV station ABC WKBW News 7 in Buffalo and do a short segment on the event!!
The event was a blast to do and the crowds were enormous. The vendor lines never stopped the entire time we were there and there were hundreds of people in the Peoples Choice tasting lines as well. For this contest we were joined by a Ninja. No kidding. A Pork Ninja named Jamie. We were really appreciate of his help all weekend for sure and we could not have done the sampling without him.
We were lucky enough to come home with some hardware!! 1st place pork 3rd Chicken 7th ribs 13th brisket for 5th overall. Plus for the first time ever we won 1st place people’s choice. that was a big thrill for us. We usually don’t participate in peoples choice. This one was a blind peoples choice for pork. IT was a thrill for sure and we will be back next year.
Then right after awards we raced back to Canada for a VIP catering event for some lovely folks.
Catering table as we were setting up.
Good times but we are now taking a well deserved long overdue …weekend off. Catch you next week!!
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????????
Well tonight is the night. The winner of Season 2 BBQ Pitmasters will air at 10pm EST 9 C. Its been a fun ride watching all of the teams get to this point. Tonight its all about whole hog & BBQ Chicken!!
Here are the teams that made it to the finale:
Moe Cason from Ponderosa BBQ
Shad Kirton Co-Owner Smokey D’s BBQ and Pitmaster A Boy & His BBQ
Johnny Trigg from Smokin Triggers
Craig Kimmel from Firehouse BBQ
Melissa Cookston Yazoos Delta Q
Best of luck to all those in tonights episode. I am happy to see so much BBQ getting TV time!! Lots of fun to watch.