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Team Diva Q wins I know JACK …about grilling & Grill Grate Giveaway

Jack Daniels 2013 World Championship Invitational Barbecue

 

Home from the Jack Daniels 2013 World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

The Diva Q BBQ team was lucky to be drawn for the I know Jack…About Grilling contest. This is a separate contest held on the Friday morning of the Jack Daniels competition weekend.  Entrants are selected by random draw – 4 teams from the US and 1 team from the International Teams. Diva Q was drawn for the International Teams.

Each team is allowed to bring two members maximum. You are also allowed to bring 1 spice, 1 bbq sauce and 1 optional ingredient. It is a black box contest where you do not know what you will be grilling at all. There is a very strict time limit of 1 hour to complete an entree, a side and an appetizer.

I took my teammate Jessie with me to compete.  It was a cold morning for sure and we were all bundled up.

Team Diva Q at the I know Jack...about grilling contest

 Photo Credit: John Thompson – Eatapedia

 

 

The teams that were drawn for the competition: 

Can you smell my pits

The Boys from Tornado alley

Southern Krunk BBQ Society

Blazin’ Buttz BBQ

The teams are sequestered away to the side of the Jack Daniels pavilion.  Then each team has a staggered start 10 minutes between each entrance. This provides the judges enough time to give the meal its full attention and no one gets cold food.

The Black box items for this year were:

  • Mahi Mahi
  • Shrimp
  • Green Beans
  • Soy Sauce
  • Honey
  • bacon
  • butter
  • arborio rice
  • white rice
  • chicken stock

& my favorite ingredient …. Jack Daniels Honey

Jack Daniels Honey

 

We brought a middle of the road BBQ rub, my Diva Q competition sauce , plus pineapple. I like pineapple with savory & sweet dishes so I thought it would be an interesting choice.  I also thought that a fruit would make our entry stand apart.

The equipment we were provided was 1 gas grill with side burner and a primo charcoal grill. Both were lit prior to us starting.

I have no pictures of our entry. Time flew by……

Time Flies

 

 

Our appetizer was relegated to bacon wrapped shrimp. Each team had to make the same appetizer following a recipe provided. We were required to use JD Honey & my competition sauce. Our bacon was in small pieces (no full slices) when we opened the package so we made the best of it wrapping away. WE then used grill grates to cook the shrimp.

Try these Diva Q Shrimp & Sausage bites…. delicious. 

While this was ongoing I toasted off the arborio rice in a pan on the gas grill to bring out the nuttiness. Jessie heated up the chicken stock and in went the green beans to soften them up quickly. The green beans were then grilled on the Grill Grates to finish and give them grill marks.

The chicken stock was added to the arborio rice and we stirred that rice (each of us took turns) until all of the liquid was absorbed we repeated this multiples of times then borrowed water from the teams next to us to continue cooking the rice.  That rice was stirred for almost 50 minutes. It was creamy deliciousness. Additionally anytime we cooked bacon slices we saved the fat and added it to the risotto. We finished the risotto off with butter and a bit of bbq rub. At the last minute I chopped up green beans & grilled bacon finely and added to the mix.

Jack Daniels Grilling Competition

Photo Credit: Randy Dunn - Thats The Way BBQ Go!

The competition is really intense. Everything is happening all at once and at one point I forgot to burp the Primo grill and singed off some eyelashes & eyebrows with the flashback.  Burning hair is never an attractive smell. … yikes!!

Moving on to our pineapple – Jessie had beautifully cut up the pineapple and I grilled it off on the grill grates. It looked amazing. For a topping for the Mahi Mahi I made a sort of pineapple salsa with a little JD Honey, slices of green beans and a bit of rub. We also left some of the grilled slices of pineapple whole for a presentation under the bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp.

Our Mahi Mahi was grilled at the last few minutes. I really did not want to dry it out. It was seasoned simple with BBQ rub, honey & a tiny bit of soy sauce (at least I think that is what Jessie seasoned it with LOL) . I placed the fish meat side down on the grill grates for 3-4 minutes at about the 10- o’clock mark  then turned it to the 1- o’clock mark for an additional 3-4 minutes. Once we had great grill marks I turned it over and finished cooking it skin side down.  Seconds before I pulled it from the grill I doused it all with Jack Daniels Honey and set it ablaze to give it a final finish.

Diva Q

Here is a great recipe from our friends over at Grill Grates for Mahi Mahi 

Plating came fast and before you know it Jessie & I had all the plates lined up. Jessie plated the bacon wrapped Shrimp with additional JD BBQ Shrimp on the appetizer plates. Then the entree- Big spoons of our creamy risotto and then very carefully sliced pieces of our grilled Mahi Mahi. I then stood there at the table looking at the plates thinking that I was missing something …. and as the clock got down to 5 seconds I remembered the pineapple salsa….

It made it on to every plate rather haphazardly but it made it… My teammate Patrick watching from the gallery said that it looked like I was throwing dice when I was putting the salsa on the plate.

It was all done then and wow was our adrenalin running high. 1 hour passed by like it was seconds.

We then had to talk about our dish to the Expert Judges:

Paul Kirk

Jim Tabb

Tana Shupe

 Melinda Keifer

Mark Kelly

I can’t remember what I said other than I called it Jacked Up Mahi Mahi. The rest is a blur.

Check out this video from our friends at BBQTV! They captured lots of great moments from the Jack 2013 & some portions of the grilling contest at the beginning.

 

We had to wait till Saturday for the results. We WON!!

I know Jack...about grilling winner, Jack Daniels Grilling Contest, Jack Daniels Barbecue contest 2013, Diva Q

 

To help celebrate our grilling win our friends at Grill Grate are giving away a set of their grates. We are big fans of these and have used them in many grilling contests.

Diva Q

Contest Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

 

 

All you have to do is leave a comment on the Diva Q Facebook Fan page under this contest announcement about why you love BBQ. The contest is open to both Continental US & Canada residents. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER Household. Subsequent entries will be disqualified.  Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest begins October 30 and closes November 6 at 7pm est. Diva Q accepts no responsibility for comments lost or unpublished. Winner will be notified via Facebook message.

 

 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mark Burgmeier from OHIO who won the Grill grate contest!!

 

Back to the JACK!! Woot Team Diva Q is heading to the 25th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ

Today was a very exciting day. Surprising and shocking. We had our bung drawn for the Jack. Team Diva Q along with a whole lot of other amazing teams from all over the US & the International teams. We will be one of 3 teams representing Canada along with Prairie Smoke & Spice, plus Pistol Packin Piggies.

See you all in the holler October 25& 26th!

Jack Daniel's 2013 World Championship Invitational Barbecue, Jack Daniels BBQ

 

Congratulations to all the teams who got their BUNG pulled today:

4:20 Q
A Boy & His BBQ
B.S. Pitmeisters
Bad Bones BBQ
Bar-B-Q 101
Bavarian Smoke BBQ
Big Pig Inc.
Blazin’ Buttz BBQ
Blue Chip BBQ
Bub-Ba-Q
Caveman Cuisine
Deep South Smokin’ Que
Diva Q
DoRagQ
Drilling and Grilling BBQ Team
Fired Up Smokers
Flyboy BBQ
Fork U BBQ
Hoosier Favorite BBQ
HQO
I.A.B. 30 BBQ
Insane Swine BBQ
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
JP Custom Smoke
Killer B’s BBQ
Lake House BBQ
Little Pig Town
Lo’ -N- Slo’ BBQ
Local Smoke BBQ
Missouri Shark Fisherman Club BBQ Team
Moonswiners
Philly Blind Pig BBQ
Pistol Packin’ Piggies
Pit Bulls Up In Smoke
Pork Patrol BBQ
Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ
Q Haven BBQ
Q U Smokin Krewe
Serial Griller
Smokin’ In The D
Southern Krunk BBQ Society
Spitfire
Swinestone Cowboys
That’s the Way BBQ Go!
TheSlabs.com
TheSmokeRing.com
TippyCanoe BBQ Crew
United Pork Smokers
Velvet Smoke BBQ
Who’s Smokin Now
Wine Country “Q”
Woodward Barbeque
Wooley Bully “BBQ Mafia”

 

Congratulations to those teams with Automatic Entries to the Jack:
2 Broke Ass Texans
3 Eyz BBQ
Across the Track Cook-off Team
Bear Naked BBQ
Blazen BBQ
Can U Smell My Pits BBQ
Cool Smoke
Fatback Joe’s BBQ
Gilly’s BBQ
Hog Tide Bar-B-Que
Jo-Bawb’s BBQ
Left Coast Q
Lonestar Smoke Rangers
Parrothead Smokers
Pig Skin BBQ
QUAU
Qubed
Shiggin & Grinnin
Stubborn Bull BBQ
Swamp Boys BBQ Team
Sweet Swine O’Mine
Transformer BBQ
TRUEBUD BBQ
Warren County Pork Choppers
Wilbur’s Revenge
ZBQ
 

 

 

Team Diva Q World Bacon Champion

This ROCKS.

World Bacon Champion

Bringing Home the BACON – Roc City Ribfest 2012

Well our first official contest is now in the books for 2012! Roc City Ribfest puts on an amazing contest each and every year. The organizers are the UBER successful team Good Smoke BBQ. They know what teams like and they do a fantastic job each year making this one of the best contests in North America.

They provided breakfast each morning. A catered dinner and the legendary MIMOSAS!!! They also make sure everyone has plenty of water and power. They also give out one heck of a swag bag every year with lots of goodies. Its just the best place to be on a Memorial Weekend!

I really enjoyed teaching the class at Roc City. We had an amazing group of students and the class was a sold out success!! Nice to see some students doing well already!   I got to give some media interviews with some of the people locally and it was a great time.

The dynamic duo of Jessie and Kerry making parsley boxes for the Class.

Then onto the New England BBQ Society (NEBS) grilling contest. Fun categories- Chicken Breasts, Meat Balls, White Hots and our favorite category BACON!!

Our chicken category getting all fired up. Super delicious chicken breasts in Smoke on Wheels Marinade were awesome!!

We had a great time with friends and got everything turned in on time. The team worked their butts off and I am one heck of a lucky lady to be surrounded by so many great PPL!

The awards ceremony came and we didn’t hear our name very much. Until BACON. Then woot woot and hell yeah !! We got a perfect 180 score for our Bacon Entry!!

Here is the picture of our entry (pls note it may not be an exact representation :-)

(you didn’t think I would actually show i did you??)

How about the award pic though?

Fun times for sure. When we got the overall results we were thrilled out of 58 teams we came in 3rd !!!

Then we had to immediately turn around and get our game faces back on…. OK maybe we got it on after a few cocktails. After all everything is better with bacon and cocktails… Mimosas courtesy of Good Smoke BBQ !

The team worked like a dream machine and we got all 4 entries in. Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket.

I was happy with the chicken ribs and pork. The brisket had good flavor but the texture and appearance needed some work.

No calls in chicken, no calls in Ribs 10th in Pork and 17th in Brisket….. and a solid ending of 10th overall out of 81 teams. We are trying some new recipes for the first contest of the year. We got the cobwebs out and we are good to go !! It was an excellent weekend with good friends, good family and a whole lotta Q!

Photo Credit Tara Gregson

Photo Credit Tara Gregson

  

  

HUGE congratulations to our friends Smokin’ Hoggs BBQ who for the second time were the Grand Champions and to the RGC KC and the Smokehouse!

 

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